Destination guide

Sun, sea and history in Sicily

Since ancient times, people have hankered to bask in the blazing sun and rugged countryside of Sicily, and it's certainly a fascinating and captivating place for a HomeAway vacation. In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, drenched in fine weather and sharing latitudes with North Africa, the island has plenty to offer: rich local history, an earthy and tantalizing cuisine, sweeping landscapes and ornate architecture. With Sicily vacation rentals available across the island from Palermo to Catania, you can indulge in anything from a sophisticated night at the opera to a hike up Europe's largest volcano, or just spend your time sunning on one of the island's many incredible beaches.

Things to do

Wildlife in Sicily  

Hankering to get back to nature near your Sicily vacation rental? You can see soaring peregrine falcons and adorable loggerhead turtles at the Torre Salsa WWF nature reserve. With its sprawling hectares of coastline, it's the ideal place to be swept up in the wild romance of the island. Then, after that, you can perhaps stop by the picturesque community of Siculiana, where you can admire Baroque architecture and indulge in wine and antipasto. A major historic landmark is the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, which was the seat of the Kings of Sicily.


Mediterranean flavor in Sicily 

Surrounded by the clear waters of the Mediterranean, Sicily not only has a wealth of culture to offer, but any number of water-based activities. Spend a day with a local guide touring the beaches, try your hand at snorkeling, sea-fishing or even scuba diving to explore a world of historic shipwrecks, vibrant corals and other-worldly sea slugs. Or, take the kids to any one the island's water parks for a day of splashy thrills and stomach-churning slide rides. Why not try a cookery course to learn some local dishes and sample the exquisite produce Sicily has to offer. 


Hazy summer nights in Sicily

Because of its location, Sicily enjoys a subtropical climate and a lot of sun for most of the year, reaching a peak mid-summer with long days stretching into the evenings, cooled by the breeze of the Mediterranean. It's ideal for al fresco dining with the family on the veranda of one of the Sicily vacation rentals. Spring and fall are more mild, but perhaps more manageable, and ideal for long treks in the mountains to take in the legendary landscape either blooming or changing with the season.

Natural features

Volcanic adventures in Sicily 

Sicily boasts a dramatic landscape with active and ancient volcanic peaks, verdant mountains and stunning beaches. It is home to Mount Etna, one of the world's largest active volcanos, which makes for an awe-inspiring day trip and is situated not too far from the equally incredible Alcantara Gorge with its lava stone walls, small lakes and waterfalls. The other-worldly landscapes continue at the infinitely Instagrammable Turkish Steps near Agrigento in the west of the island, where white cliffs meet crystal-blue waters. Follow in the footsteps of the fabled Saracen pirates who used to scale the 'steps' in search of treasure, and Sicily's riches.

Can I find a vacation rental around Sicily?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 21,190 vacation rentals near Sicily. From 4,400 Villas to 6,283 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sicily for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sicily?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sicily. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Palermo: 2,468 vacation rentals
  • Taormina: 1,845 vacation rentals
  • Catania: 1,881 vacation rentals
  • Cefalù: 1,233 vacation rentals
  • Mondello: 351 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Sicily! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sicily?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sicily:

  • Palermo: 2,468 rentals
  • Taormina: 1,845 rentals
  • Catania: 1,881 rentals
  • Cefalù: 1,233 rentals
  • Agrigento: 658 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Sicily?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Sicily are:

  • Taormina (TFC): 2,372 vacation rentals
  • Sigonella Airport (NSY): 1,607 vacation rentals
  • Palermo Airport (PMO): 4,309 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sicily?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Sicily. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sicilian Region Central Library: 2,810 rentals
  • Scala dei Turchi: 661 rentals
  • Catania Beach: 2,214 rentals
  • Cathedral of Taormina: 2,375 rentals
  • Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily 1943: 2,477 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sicily listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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