Sicily is known for being rustic, and it certainly delivers on this. It’s unpretentious and far less glamourous than other Italian seaside spots, like Positano (which I LOVE btw!). Cefalu, our first stop in the north, was incredibly beautiful and oozed an unrivalled old world charm. Watching the sunset from terraced restaurants each evening, with an aperol spritz in hand, was a highlight. Sicilian food was invariably mostly seafood and, I suspect, predominately where Sicily gets it’s “rustic” label from.Fresh afternoon granitas are a must! The beaches are spectacular with crystal clear, cool waters and long stretches of sandy coastline to devour, so pack your best togs, but expect the popular beaches to be crowded.
Taormina is certainly the most picturesque of the Sicilian towns. Don’t miss it if you’re heading to Sicily! It’s a bit livelier than other nearby towns (in many other towns the shops close between 1pm and 4pm for siesta – Taormina no no!) and houses some stunning shops and restaurants, so it makes for round the clock fun times. Head to San Domenico Palace Hotel for an afternoon drink in their Grand bar. Food doesn’t get much better than La Botte either!
Ortigia, a small island and the historical centre of Syracuse, in the south, is also certainly worth a visit. It’s small enough to walk around in a few hours and is incredibly pretty. We stayed at the charming boutique Hotel Gutowski, set on the waterfront. Best location ever.