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Sicily is an island of contrasts with a distinctive history and culture, wonderful food and wine and a stunning coastline with Mount Etna above, all with a mild year round climate. A warm welcome awaits you in Sicily.
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Sicily boasts an array of superb sandy and pebble beaches, some considered to be the most picturesque in the Mediterranean. Being the largest island in the Mediterranean, the Sicilian coastline varies enormously from north to south and east to west.
Wherever you are in Sicily, there will be a stunning coastline within easy reach, with beautiful bays, beaches and nature reserves to discover, from the famous 'film set' pebble beaches of Mazzaro and Isola Bella in Taormina to the unspoilt north west Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve and the long white sandy beach with translucent azure sea at San Vito Lo Capo. www.justsicily.co.uk/pages/sicily-beaches/
Just Sicily 01202 489040 www.justsicily.co.uk offer the following Beach Resorts: North & North East Sicily
Alberi del Paradiso >
Nestled into the hillside with views over the charming town of Cefalù to the sea, the Alberi del Paradiso is a four star hotel offering its guests a tranquil yet convenient stay, with all of the benefits of the historic town and beach just a short walk or shuttle ride away. Prices from £469pppw
Hotel Le Calette >
Nestled into a beautiful bay close to the Madonie mountains and the charming town of Cefalù, Hotel Le Calette is a traditional Sicilian hotel enjoying wonderful views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Prices from £509pppw
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea >
Standing beside its own exclusive beach in Taormina Mare, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea enjoys a truly idyllic setting with stunning views of one of the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean. Price on application.
Voi Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace >
Situated on the beach in Taormina Mare, overlooking the beautiful Bay of Mazzarò, Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace boasts a wonderful seafront pool, bar and restaurant terrace and most guest rooms and suites, some with pools, enjoy picturesque sea views. Prices from £980pppw
ATAHotel Capotaormina >
Perched on a rocky headland in Taormina Mare on the north east coast of Sicily, ATAHotel Capotaormina enjoys stunning views over the picturesque Isola Bella and the Bay of Naxos with Mount Etna beyond. Prices from £781pppw
South & South East Sicily
La Scibina >
La Scibina is a lovely family run hotel and residence located in Marina di Ragusa in south east Sicily. It offers modern, flexible accommodation ideal for couples or families looking to explore this area of the island. Prices from £462 per week Scala dei Turchi Resort>
Situated directly above the stunning Scala dei Turchi Beach, well known around the world for its pure white marl cliffs, this modern hotel has a lovely pool, bar and restaurant enjoying wonderful sea views. Prices from £378pppw Grand Hotel Minareto >
Sitting on a promontory in the Plemmirio Marine Nature Reserve facing Syracuse and the island of Ortigia, this 5 star resort style hotel has an enviable position surrounded by crystal-clear sea. Prices from £621pppw
Villaggio Cala Mancina >
Situated in the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo on the north west tip of Sicily, Villaggio Cala Mancina offers a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom self catering apartments close to the town and stunning long white sandy beach. Prices from £359 per week
Verdura Resort >
Uniquely situated on 2km of private Mediterranean coastline on the south coast of Sicily, Verdura Resort is an exclusive Rocco Forte Hotel set in 230 hectares of grounds with first class purpose built facilities including elegant guest rooms and suites all with sea views, 4 restaurants, 5 bars, 60m infinity pool, 3 golf courses, 6 tennis courts, world-class spa and much more. Prices from £1493pppw Hotel La Battigia >
Hotel La Battigia is situated on the beach of Alcamo Marina near the town of Castellammare del Golfo, just 45km from Palermo airport in the north east of Sicily. The hotel has wonderful sea views an offers Mediterranean style guests rooms with bar, restaurant, pool and direct access to the beach.
Prices from £263pppw
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Along with fantastic food and designer labels, the Italians are renowned for their love of children, a value upheld with equal fervour in Sicily. Families with children of all ages travelling to the island will always receive a warm welcome: www.justsicily.co.uk/pages/family-holidays-in-sicily/
Just Sicily 01202 489040 www.justsicily.co.uk offer specially selected hotels that feature child-friendly facilities, interconnecting or family rooms as well as a suitable location. Our staff have visited each property and can therefore personally recommend the most suitable resort to meet your needs.
ATAHotel Naxos Beachwww.justsicily.co.uk/accommodation/32/ATAHotel-Naxos-Beach/
Situated on the seafront in Giardini Naxos, 6km from Taormina on the north east coast of Sicily, Naxos Beach is set in 13 hectares of Mediterranean gardens with an impressive range of facilities including 4 pools, 2 tennis courts, 5 restaurants and bars, children’s clubs, activities and entertainment for all the family.
Mon Repos Avenir Apartmentswww.justsicily.co.uk/accommodation/80/Mon-Repos-Avenir-Apartments/
Situated in a superb location halfway between the cosmopolitan town of Taormina and the picturesque beaches at Taormina Mare, these modern apartments have free car parking and a shared pool set in lawned gardens with sea glimpses of Isola Bella.
Voi Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palacewww.justsicily.co.uk/accommodation/81/Voi-Grand-Hotel-Mazzaro-Sea-Palace/
Situated on the beach in Taormina Mare, overlooking the beautiful Bay of Mazzarò, Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace boasts a wonderful seafront pool, bar and restaurant terrace and most guest rooms and suites, some with pools, enjoy picturesque sea views. The hotel is only 50m from the cable car accessing the cosmopolitan town of Taormina.
Grand Hotel Minaretowww.justsicily.co.uk/accommodation/4/Grand-Hotel-Minareto/
Sitting on a promontory in the Plemmirio Marine Nature Reserve facing Syracuse and the island of Ortigia, Grand Hotel Minareto is a 5 star resort style hotel with an enviable position surrounded by crystal-clear sea.
Relais Torre Marabinowww.justsicily.co.uk/accommodation/34/Relais-Torre-Marabino/
Originally a 16th century fortified grain tower, Relais Torre Marabino has been recreated into a small and chic hotel with just 7 charming guest rooms and suites, surrounded by pristine lawns, olive trees, vines and palm trees with a pool and organic restaurant.
Voi Arenella Resortwww.justsicily.co.uk/accommodation/82/Voi-Arenella-Resort/
Arenella Resort is located on the south east coast of Sicily,12km from Syracuse and 70km from Catania Airport. This large Italian beach resort is set in over 60 hectares of parkland, 2 pools, restaurant and pizzeria, lovely beach with watersports and activities for all the family.
La Scibina is a lovely family run hotel and residence located in Marina di Ragusa in south east Sicily. It offers modern, flexible accommodation ideal for couples or families looking to explore this area of the island.
Mangiabove is a charming old farmhouse just outside Marina di Ragusa on the south west coast of Sicily which has been transformed into a lovely rustic-chic residence with self catering apartments and guest rooms with breakfast served in the common room, with pool overlooking the countryside leading to the sea.
Villaggio Cala Mancinawww.justsicily.co.uk/accommodation/44/Villaggio-Cala-Mancina/
Situated in the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo on the north west tip of Sicily, Villaggio Cala Mancina offers a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom self catering apartments close to the town and stunning long white sandy beach.
Uniquely situated on 2km of private Mediterranean coastline on the south coast of Sicily, Verdura Resort is an exclusive Rocco Forte Hotel set in 230 hectares of grounds with first class purpose built facilities including elegant guest rooms and suites all with sea views, 4 restaurants, 5 bars, 60m infinity pool, 3 golf courses, 6 tennis courts, world-class spa and much more.
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Sicily - the Island Specialist
Why not combine a holiday to Sicily with our other two beautiful Mediterranean islands, Sardinia and Corsica. Sardinia is just 8 miles from Corsica via a short ferry journey and Sicily is approximately 220 miles south east of Sardinia and can be reached by a short flight or longer ferry crossing.
We have designed a Tri-Island Grand Tour enabling you to sample all 3 of these enchanting islands from £1,999pp for 14 nights including accommodation, flights, ferry, transfers (Sardinia and Sicily) and car hire (Corsica), based on travelling on the 9th September 2018.
Below is our suggested itinerary but we can tailor make tours to suit all tastes, budgets and durations.
First Stop - Taormina, North East Sicily
Fly from the UK to Catania on the east coast of Sicily for 4 nights B&B at the 4 star Hotel Monte Tauro set into the cliffside in Taormina enjoying uninterrupted sea views spanning the Bay of Naxos to Mount Etna.
Next Stop – Golfo Aranci, North East Sardinia
Fly from Catania to Olbia in the north east of Sardinia for 5 nights B&B at the 4 star Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites, a great family run hotel with a stunning beach location, friendly service, excellent restaurant, and panoramic views and sunsets.
Last Stop – Bonifacio, Southern Corsica
Travel to Santa Teresa port (66km) and take the ferry to Bonifacio in Corsica. Pick up a hire car and drive to the 4 star Hotel Cala di Greco for 5 nights at this luxurious hotel with swimming pool, set in lovely gardens overlooking Bonifacio.
Please note that each person must pay a city tax locally at the Hotel Monte Tauro.
In and out of Catania, Sicily and into Olbia, Sardinia and out of Figari, Corsica. (Flights via mainland Italy to Sardinia in low season.)
Prices from £1,999pp inc flights, ferry, accommodation as stated, standard transfers (Sardinia and Sicily) and Renault Twingo or similar car hire (Corsica) based on travel on the 9th September 2018
With a whole host of historical and cultural attractions across the island, Tour Sicily enables you to stay in more than one location and includes hotels situated in towns and villages, on the coast, in the countryside, in historic locations and even some on the slopes of Mount Etna.
We have set out some ideas for multicentre holidays and themed tours which can be altered to accommodate other places that you would like to include in your itinerary and to suit all tastes and budgets. They are just suggested routes and there are countless possibilities to tour the island.
Etna & Taormina
Explore Sicily’s most famous landmark combined with a stay in majestic Taormina, rich in history and culture.
Sicily offers a wealth of hotels for those looking for a romantic getaway in stunning locations, perfect for a special holiday.
This grand tour of Sicily encompasses the history of this beautiful island visiting many landmarks with the added opportunity to visit the Inspector Montalbano series and The Godfather locations.
The highlight of any holiday in Sicily is the food and wine with unique flavours and local produce. The fertile land around Mount Etna provides excellent growing conditions for some exceptional wines and with many hotels growing their own produce, you will not be disappointed.
As Europe’s largest Mediterranean island, Sicily has many rural retreats offering real Sicilian hospitality yet not too far from places of interest.
Sicily has some amazing ‘secret’ hideaway hotels leaving you feeling truly tucked away from the rest of the world.
Sicilian hospitality combined with luxurious hotels in stunning locations.
For more information please visit www.justsicily.co.uk or for personal recommendations call Just Sicily 01202 489040
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Ragusa is situated in south east Sicily,
built on a wide limestone hill between two deep valleys. Renowned for its
Baroque buildings and together with 7 other cities in the Val di Noto, it is
part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which includes 9 major churches and 7
palazzi, drawing art and history enthusiasts from all over the world.
Marina di Ragusa is a charming seaside resort 25km for
Ragusa, featuring a port, long sandy beach and a selection of typical Sicilian
restaurants, bars and shops.
Just Sicily 01202 489040 www.justsicily.co.uk has a selection of hotels in and around Ragusa:
This converted 14th century fortress and monastery is now a
boutique style hotel with rustic-chic guest rooms, situated in the Iblean
highlands with far reaching countryside views all the way to the sea.
This charming old farmhouse is located just outside Marina
di Ragusa, it has been transformed into a lovely rustic-chic residence with
apartments, guest rooms and pool overlooking the countryside and sea.
This period residence has been restored to its original
refined neo-classical elegance and converted into a small boutique hotel in the
historic centre of Ragusa, close to the steps that lead to Ragusa Ibla.
Tucked away in the Iblean countryside, 14km from Ragusa this
small 19th century villa-style hotel and rural apartments is situated in 18
hectares of parkland with stunning countryside views and 2 infinity pools.
Prices from £480pppw
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