Family travel can be completely intimidating. Trust me, I get it! Whether your kids are younger or even old enough to where you can be more active, it can be a lot. Even the idea of travelling outside the country and enjoying a holiday abroad may be overwhelming, especially because you don’t always know what to expect upon arrival at your destination. However, there are a number of places that are perfect for families. One of these is definitely the island of Sicily.
Sicily is a perfect destination for families for a number reasons. Its climate, for starters, is a dream. The shoulder season of April-June and September-October lets you avoid crows and get even more comfortable weather. Sicily also has three airports, which makes getting there convenient, especially for an island! Upon arrival, there is a phenomenal culture of welcome and warmth. Family is an important value shared across Sicily, so instead of the stress of whether your kids are being too loud or too much, you can take a breath, be on holiday and know you are in a place where family time is valued. Next, I think we can all agree that where you stay can really affect your holiday. The island of Sicily is full of locally owned villas that you may rent, enjoy space and independence for your family, unpack, stick to necessary parts of your routine, and enjoy the comforts of a real home. Another reason why Sicily is perfect for families: the food. Even the pickiest eaters will be happy in Sicily! When you and your family are ready to explore, there is so much to do. There are a number of beaches, markets, places to hike, castles, piazzas that are full of life, and so much more.
When it comes to where to go on the island, a lot of it comes down to how much energy your family has and how far you want to venture out. Taormina is a town located on the east coast of Sicily, beautifully perched on a cliff that boasts gorgeous sea views. It is a more expensive town in Sicily and draws a lot of tourists, but is absolutely worth a visit! Siracusa is a city on the southeast coast of Sicily well known for its Greek ruins. You can visit the Neapolis Archaeological Park and even attend a concert at the Greek Theater. A 20-minute drive from Siracusa is the Fontane Bianche, a beautiful stretch along the coast with white sand. Agrigento is a city on the southern coast of Sicily, also well known for its Greek temples. It is highly recommended to park at the bottom and catch a taxi up, then walk back down to save your kids some energy! The largest city in Sicily is Palermo, home to over 600,000 people and a beautiful historic city. From Palermo, you can take a day trip to Cefalù, another historic town and seaside resort. In the Etna region, you get wine country views mixed in with the blue waters and Mount Etna, the active volcano.
Even if you are in one of the most beautiful places in the world, your kids will most likely remember more of what you do than what you see. Sicily offers you the space, environment and kid-friendly activities to create all sorts of memories! For example, at Mount Etna, you can hike, trolley up, or even explore with Etna Donkey Trekking. You can enjoy a picnic up top and even work in a mini science lesson with your kids. At the foot of Mount Etna, there is EtnaLand, an adventure park that will put a smile on kids of all ages. In Syracuse, you can plan an evening to take a stroll, enjoy a gelato and see a children’s traditional puppet show at Piccolo Teatro dei Pupi. If your kids love animals, the Bioparco di Sicilia will surpass all zoo expectations. Education, conversation and environmental awareness are core to the Bioparco and your kids can learn about over 57 species and even visit a dinosaur park.
Sicily has something for everyone, making it a wonderful destination for all types of holidays, including family holidays.
Written in collaboration with Emily Jones.