There are many destinations in Sicily to discover. In order not to miss the most beautiful sights in Sicily, you should organize yourself well in advance. A trip to Sicily promises variety if you set off to enjoy the beauty of the island with all your senses. Sicily offers not only its beautiful landscape, the turquoise blue sea with fantastic beaches, but also countless important cultural heritage from different eras. Remains of Phoenician settlements, Greek temples, Norman castles, Punic towns and Aragonese churches can be found all over the island.
The capital, Palermo, offers the rich heritage of the Normans, art and culture, markets and a distinctive nightlife. Catania, with its extensive pedestrian zone, scores with the most beautiful fish market in Sicily. However, the beauty of the university city is only revealed at second glance.
One of the highlights of a trip to Sicily is a visit to the exceptionally well-preserved temples of Segesta, Selinunte and the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, which even offer a better insight into Greek temple construction than the temples in the motherland itself.
Another testimony of Greek rule is the second-largest theatre of antiquity in the port city of Syracuse. But if one explores Syracuse, a walk over the peninsula Ortigia, which forms the historical centre of the city, is particularly fascinating. Here, the visitor feels transported to a different time, especially as the traffic is very limited, and you can go on a discovery tour according to one's heart's desire. On a boat trip around the peninsula with side trips to different caves, the play of colours of the turquoise sea impresses in contrast to the houses and monuments erected in yellow sandstone.
Also in Taormina, the Greeks have left their traces in the form of the Teatro Greco. Although this theatre is smaller than the one in Syracuse, it offers a unique view to the volcano Etna and therefore deserves a visit.
Those who don't have much time for their stay in Sicily should best choose the enchanting lively place Cefalù as location. Here you have the sandy beach right in front of your door and an impressive Norman cathedral and pedestrian-friendly old town alleys are a wonderful start for discovering the island. From here it is easy to get to Palermo or go on a hike in the mountains of the Madonie.
For lovers of volcanic landscapes, a trip to the Cyclopean Islands in Aci Trezza is of course an ideal option, and don’t miss a hike on Mount Etna.
But those who want to be fascinated by the baroque style should explore the southernmost part of Sicily and thus the cities Noto, Modica and Ragusa, which are all declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The volcano Etna in Sicily is the highest active volcano in Europe, UNESCO World Heritage, a nature reserve and also a recommended winter sports area.
Zafferana Etnea, Catania
The city of Taormina in the east of Sicily is a recommended destination. This was already written by the German artist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Cefalù is probably one of the most worth seeing towns in all of Sicily. Located directly at the sea, with a long sandy beach and a beautiful old town.
Palermo, on the northern coast of Sicily, is the fifth-largest city in Italy. If you want to experience life in Sicily, you can't miss Palermo.
Mondello, the sandy beach of Palermo, was originally a fishing village. Today it is a beach resort with one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily.
Catania is a seaport city on the east coast of Sicily between the Ionian Sea and the active volcano Etna, built in the Sicilian Baroque style.
Lipari is the largest and also the most visited of the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily. Here ferries dock to reach all the islands.
The island of Stromboli, with an active volcano, is probably the most famous of the Aeolian Islands and a popular destination among tourists.
Vulcano is one of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily with an active volcano and a popular mud bath.
Salina, the second-largest island of the Aeolian Islands, is known for its Malvasia wine, tranquility, relaxation and, above all, delicious capers.
UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the province of the same name in the Val di Noto and is characterized by the deep gorges of the Monti Iblei
Marina di Ragusa is a tourist hotspot in the south of Sicily with a beautiful promenade, kilometres of sandy beach and an attractive town centre.
Marina di Ragusa, Ragusa
The romantic fishing village Marzamemi in the Pachino area (region of Siracusa) is known for its tuna specialties and its charming atmosphere.
The baroque town of Noto in the Val di Noto, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002, is worth a visit and has many attractions.
The city of chocolate and 100 churches - the UNESCO World Heritage Site presents itself as a late Baroque Sicilian beauty of the Val di Noto.
Scicli situated in a natural setting of rare beauty like the Val di Noto, has been declared a natural heritage of UNESCO with Ragusa, Modica and Noto.
Donnalucata offers one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily and is located in the south between Marina di Ragusa and Marina di Modica.
In Syracuse we recommend you to visit the necropolis of Pantalica and the enchanting island of Ortygia, the oldest part of this impressive city.
Snorkeling in the crystal clear sea, bird watching or hiking in the nature - the nature reserve Vendicari in the south of Sicily offers a lot more.
Selinunt, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Sicily, offers numerous temples on a plateau with magnificent sea views.
The capital of the province of the same name fascinates not only with its ancient old town, but is also a testimony of wealth and trade
The Saline di Trapani e Paceco is a nature reserve at the west coast of Sicily. Besides Mediterranean flora and fauna, there is a saline work museum.
Nubia Paceco, Trapani
A medieval town centre with its historic buildings, a magnificent view and traditional delicious almond biscuits attract visitors to Erice.
"Do you know the land where the cedars bloom? Splendon among the brown leaves oranges of gold, for the azure sky a gentle zephyr blows ...." (Goethe)
In the mountains of the Monti Nebrodi there is the largest wooded area in Sicily and one of the largest parks in Europe - the Parco dei Nebrodi.
The gorges of Alcantara give us a unique scenery in the world, an unmissable and wonderful place.Ideal for the lovers of nature and excursions.
Gole Alcantara, Messina
The ancient theater of Tindari (Tyndaris) with breathtaking panorama is located in an archaeological site in the province of Messina, north of Sicily.
The nature reserve Laghetti di Marinello offers one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Sicily. Ideal for surfing, hiking or swimming.
Oliveri - Marinello, Messina
Milazzo, belongs to the circle of the most beautiful villages in Italy thanks to it's beautiful monuments, such as the majestic and imposing castle.
For hikers, nature enthusiasts, snorkelers, divers and explorers the Piscina di Venere on the Capo di Milazzo in Sicily is highly recommended.
Capo d'Orlando is a pretty town on the north coast of Sicily with a very long beach promenade ideal for walking and dining on sunset.
Capo d'Orlando, Messina
Santo Stefano di Camastra is a wonderful village in Sicily between the sea and the mountains where you find art, colors, culture and tradition.
Santo Stefano di Camastra, Messina
Savoca, located in eastern Sicily, is known as the location for several scenes in the film trilogy "The Godfather" directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Montalbano Elicona, Messina
Novara di Sicilia, Messina
Barcellona P.G., Messina
Gioiosa Marea, Messina
Rodì Milici, Messina