A sun-blessed destination for seaside frolics, Sicily is an island of undisputed beauty. Time-stood-still villages stand in the shadow of Mount Etna, an awe-inspiring active volcano that’s shaped the island’s history so dramatically. Here ancient temples rub shoulders with Greek theatres and Byzantine mosaics, but Sicily’s real treasure is its natural assets: white-sand coves, dramatic cliffs and impossibly blue waters.

When to go

Sicily is at its best in the autumn, when the beaches are far less crowded but the water still warm. Spring is equally pleasant, if you avoid the school holidays.

Food & Drink

Strategically positioned in the Mediterranean, Sicily owes its cuisine to Greek, Spanish, French and Arab influences. Feast on handmade pasta and fragrant couscous alongside the island’s freshly caught sardines and moreish anchovies. Restaurant Al Duomo overlooks a pretty piazza in Taormina: stop by for fried squid and some of the best pasta on the island.

Not to miss

Take a cable car up Mount Etna for a bird’s-eye view of the Valle del Bove’s deep canyons.

Nightlife

Sicily’s boho bars and buzzy clubs come alive in the evening. While the island has long grown juicy grapes, it’s only recently started to make a name for itself with its excellent fine wines, best sampled in a laid-back enoteca. We love Tinkitè, a bar, café, bookshop and perfumery that stays open late and serves excellent aperitivo.

Where to stay in Sicily

The gateway to Mount Etna, Taormina has stylish streets, awe-inspiring ruins and sun-kissed beaches. For a taste of a life less ordinary, stay near Palermo’s medieval palaces and cathedral. Syracuse is dotted with eco-friendly retreats set in secluded countryside.

How to get there

There are four main airports in Sicily: Palermo, Catania, Trapani and Comiso; all serve domestic flights and some international destinations.

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