Travel Nav

The Sayonara is an unpretentious alternative to the more expensive Taormina resort, nearby. A parade of hotels, bars, pizzerias and shops is strung along the seafront, overlooking a sand and pebble beach which curves around a crescent-shaped bay. There’s a small public beach but much is given over to lidos – where you pay around £2 for entry and extra for umbrellas and loungers.

Sicily’s two main airports serve the biggest cities: Palermo and Catania. Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Palermo, while EasyJet flies from London Gatwick (from £120). British Airways, Thomson Flights (May through November) and EasyJet fly from Gatwick to Catania, while Thomson Flights also departs from Manchester (May through November). It’s preferable to hire a car or motorbike in Sicily as getting around the island on public transport is difficult and time-consuming. To get to the islands there’s an extensive system of hydrofoils and ferries – see Navigazione Generale Italiana Spa, Siremar and Ustica Lines.

Where to stay
In a narrow alleyway just off Lipari’s main strip, Diana Brown has delightful rooms with tiled floors and bright colours. Some rooms have kitchenettes, plus there’s a rooftop terrace and solarium (Vico Himera 3, Lipari; from £40).

Hotel La Corte del Sole is a typical Sicilian farmstead of sandstone buildings set around a courtyard. It has 34 rooms, a restaurant, bike hire, cookery courses and a shuttle bus to the sea (Contrada Bucachemi, Lido di Noto; £80).

With the Temple of Concordia lit up in the distance, the views from the 18th-century, five-star Hotel Villa Athena are stunning. Rooms are elegant and the hotel has a large pool (Via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, Agrigento; from £160).

Page 2 of 2     First | < Previous | 1 | 2 | Next > | Last
The article ‘Mini guide to Sicily's beaches’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Traveller.





Change settings

  • °F
  • °C
Clear Sky

Follow us on

Best of Travel

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.