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The Seductive Island of Sicily

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Sicily is one of the Mediterranean Seas gems. It offers visitors the chance of enjoying fabulous beaches, translucent seas and a range of water sports. Historic towns such as Taormina, ancient castles, Roman archaeological sites, unique cultural draws and great cuisine also await people who choose Sicily for their holidays. Car rental is the most comfortable means of getting around and experiencing the charms of the island.

One of the first things that you will want to do when arriving in Sicily is make the drive over to Mount Etna. This massive mountain happens to be the largest active volcano in all of Europe and it is quite the sight to see! Trekking through unique landscapes with lava deserts and pristine forest is the main draw. We recommend hiking to a few of the magnificent craters, but if hiking is not your thing, you should at least take the cable car to the highest points of this mountain.

If wildlife is more of your cup of tea, then a trip to the Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro will pique your interest much more than the mountains. This nature reserve does have mountains, but you will probably be more intrigued with all the birds that call this area by the sea their home. You can only walk through the park, but you will have ample places to rest, as there are museums to wander through and sit down in when you are there.

The Palermo Cathedral is located where an old Muslim mosque used to be, although some artifacts from Muslim heritage can still be found there despite the mosque being long gone when the cathedral was founded in 1184. This cathedral can be found within the Quattro Canti and you must take the time to see the crypt and the treasury.

After a couple days in Sicily you are going to be more than ready to relax on the beach for a few hours. This is best done during the warmer months, which happen to be May through October in this part of the world. There are many to choose from, but Cefal and Taormina stand out from the rest.

Before leaving Sicily, you must take the time to taste some of the yummy treats that are popular on this island. The cannoli filled with ricotta and chocolate or candied fruit is delicious, but the cassata siciliana, a sponge cake made with ricotta cheese, rum, and candied fruits, is even better. If you happen to be on the island during the summer, then a taste of the granita, which is Italian shaved ice, or homemade almond milk is a necessity.

Sicilys attractions are not limited to famous sites such as Palermos majestic cathedral, Ursino Castle in Catania and the combined World Heritage site of Syracuse and Pantalica Necropolis or the delights of pristine beaches including Mondello and San Vito Lo Capo. There are also abundant less-visited historic sites and centres for activities, with car hire the easiest means of travel.

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