For none stop family fun and a holiday you won’t forget, visit Sicily this summer
With the sun warming things up and the summer school holidays fast approaching attentions are turning to jetting away for some family fun. Sicily offers great child-friendly activities and attractions: families can visit the live Volcano, Mount Etna, step back in time with historic day visits or head to one of the region’s beautiful beaches.
Looking for inspiration? We’ve pulled together our top suggestions for getting out and about and making the most of your time in Sicily:
The Great Outdoors
1. Soak up your surroundings with Sicily Bike Routes
Enjoy Sicily’s beautiful landscape with one of the many guided bike tours from Sicily Bike Routes’. Explore rural villages and soak up the atmosphere as you peddle past olive groves, fruit orchards and vineyards. Offering a chance to discover the real Sicily, excursions range from half-day to a full-day and the tours are suitable for all the family.
2. Discover Mount Etna by donkey trekking
Children and their big kid parents will thoroughly enjoy this day out. Donkey trekking offers a novel way to explore the stunning landscape of Mount Etna, its ancient wood and panoramic ridges. The Donkey’s calm and patient character make them perfect for child interaction and this activity will make for a memorable day.
3. Take to the trees at Monti Rossi Adventure Park
Children will love spending time at the Monti Rossi Adventure Park. Challenging their inner Tarzan, kids can zip-line, climb nets and swing on ropes from platform to platform until their hearts’ content. Smaller children are catered for with easier routes and even parents can join their bigger kids on the more challenging routes.
4. Marvel at Marsala’s Salt Pans
This fascinating day out sees children marvel at the enormous mounds of salt lying in the sun. The salt pans sit between Trapani and Marsala on the west coast of Sicily and the area is also famous for its windmills. Families can take a boat trip across to the island of Mothya for a wander around the remains of this old Phoenician town… play hide and seek or settle down for a yummy picnic, the island has beautiful spots to choose from.
Family Friendly Attractions
1. Splash the day away at EtnaLand
This adventure park at the foot of Mount Etna offers fun for everyone. With the infamous volcano as a backdrop, kids and their parents can enjoy white knuckle rides in the theme park or splish splash their way around the waterpark. From adrenaline pumping amusement rides to river rafting and wave pools, you’ll hear no complaints of ‘I’m bored’.
2. Embrace wildlife at Bioparco Di Sicilia
Conservation, training, education and environmental awareness are at the core of this park and it offers families so much more than the standard zoo experience. Children can learn about the ecology of over 57 species and can even learn about the Jurassic period at the dinosaur park. Kids can discover a fantastic collection of life-sized prehistoric beasts, ranging from the T-Rex to the Triceratops.
3. Embrace Sicily’s Puppetry tradition
Generations of Sicilian children have enjoyed the art of puppetry, its pomp and splendour excites crowds of all ages. Sicilian puppet shows involve exquisitely-clothed knights and kings duelling in stunningly orchestrated scenes and the theatre Piccolo Teatro dei Pupi offers one of the best shows in town. Surrounded by the beautiful architecture of Ortigia Island in Syracuse, this traditional puppet theatre is a family-run establishment where imaginations run wild.
Once you’ve exhausted the kids with day trips and excursions, head to the beach for a lovely lazy day soaking up the sun and enjoying the sand. Our pick of the best Sicilian beaches are:
1. Spiaggia di Cefalù – a beautiful long sandy beach that sits east of Palermo, it is perfect for family fun in the sun.
2. Ustica, Palermo Region – Water-loving families with older children or teenagers can snorkel and dive to their heart’s content on this island just off Palermo.
3. Scala dei Turchi – Near Agrigento, this beach offers shallow waters and so is perfect for families with younger children that want to paddle all day.
4. Grotta del Bue Marino, Filicudi – slightly further afield, this grotto can be reached by boat. Once their families can explore the natural wonder of this sea cave.
Sicily is generally recognised as a safe destination, children are always seen running around the small town squares and playing together, but one word of warning is to watch out for the scooters that zip in and out. The squares are strictly speaking pedestrian areas but this is sometimes overlooked by locals. Family life is also highly valued in Sicily with babies adored and children of all ages welcomed. The region has fantastic accommodation options for families with villas offering a perfect home from home. Check out some of our luxury villa recommendations:
Colonia is a luxury villa with private swimming pool located in the Trapani area. Surrounded by charming towns crying out to be explored, the villa is also close to several archaeological sites including the impressive temple of Segesta, the island of Mozia, the natural reserve of Zingaro and the stunning Marsala salt pans.
Situated on the island of Favignana, villa Isolana is surrounded by natural beauty. Crystalline waters, a quaint fishing village, excellent traditional Sicilian cuisine and friendly locals enchant visitors. The perfect setting for complete relaxation, this villa offers everything guests need for a home from home experience.
Teti is a villa of exceptional beauty, set in a quiet residential area it sits in an idyllic position, right on the beach of Fontane Bianche, a lovely seaside village just a few kilometres from Siracusa. The private beach of Teti is made of smooth rocks with creeks that form small natural pools; the sea is clear and blue. Beyond the sea, the villa offers a lovely swimming pool with hydro massage corner and many outdoor areas for outdoor dining or to simply relax and unwind.
If you’re keen to check out more villa options in Sicily visit: www.homeinitaly.com.