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The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily boasts a diverse landscape from gorgeous beaches to mountains and volcanoes, 5 regional parks and 77 nature reserves. It is also a treasure trove of art and architecture, awash with history and legend, and the unique Sicilian culture and cuisine which draws visitors back again and again.
Our villas in Sicily, all with private pools, are situated close to the lovely seaside town of Cefalù on the north coast, not far from the capital Palermo.
It has been said that it is worth going to Sicily for the food alone: high praise indeed but it is a statement that stands strong. North African and Arab influences are strong, from the couscous and orange salads, aubergines and caponata to the sorbets and marzipan fruits. Mixed with the Italian staples of pasta, tomatoes and fresh vegetables creates unqiue Sicilian dishes.
Street food is very popular in Palermo and Catania. Try the chickpea fritters, ‘arancini’ (fried rice balls) and ‘sfingi’(doughnuts covered in honey). Head into the mountains for more robust dishes of meat stews and salami, whilst on the coast the array of seafood is vast.
The colourful window displays in the ‘pasticcerie’ will delight. Ricotta and candied fruit stuffed ‘cannoli’, almond cakes, watermelon jelly, and cassata siciliana are just a few of the desserts on offer. And finally, Sicilian ice cream or gelato, the making of which is an art form and a source of pride for Sicilians. Quite simply, delicious!
A mild Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers defines the climate in Sicily. Most appealing is that Spring arrives early (you can see the almond blossom on the trees in February) making end of March, April, and May lovely months to visit, especially if you enjoy walking. June see the temperature rising with July and August enjoying minimum temperatures of 28 degrees. September and October are delightful months if you want to prolong the summer feeling. The sea remains warm allowing you to take a dip in the water on an October or even November day.
Sicily is easily accessible with a choice of flights (Ryanair, Easyjet, BA) from London airports to Palermo and Catania, the two main airports in Sicily. There is a third airport, Comiso, in the south east which has flights from Stansted with Ryanair. Birmingham and Manchester operate flights during the summer to Catania.
From Palermo, a drive of 1 ½ hours will bring you to our properties around Cefalù. Catania, on the east coast of the island, is slightly further away, approx. 2 ½ hour drive.