What places should I visit in Sicily

Sicily Sightseeing: Top 20 Attractions and Activities

You plan on your next trip Sicily to visit and are looking for the most beautiful placesthat you can watch

Great choice, there is a lot to see on this beautiful Italian island!

There are many important historical sites in Sicily such as the Valley of the Temples in Agrigente, the Roman theater of Taormina but also baroque cities like Noto, Ragusa and Modica.

This island also has a natural wealth, with their Volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano), theirs Islands, their Beaches and your `s magnificent nature reserves how Zingaro.

And of course the fabulous one Italian kitchen! (I'm a huge fan!). You will surely enjoy your stay. The question now is: where to go in Sicily?

To help you plan your trip, here is the list of best travel destinations in Sicily, as always accompanied by my best tips for an unforgettable stay!

So what are they best sights in Sicily?


The 20 best Sicily highlights: Top 20 excursions and sights

1. Palermo

I can list this main tourist attractions in Sicily just start with the capital Palermo. It is a very rich city, with many historical buildings and monuments. It is the ideal place, around Churches and palaces to visit.

In Palermoyou shouldn't miss the following:

  • The Norman palace
  • Palermo Cathedral
  • The Massimo Theater
  • The Ballaro Market

Not far from Palermo is one of the most visited places in Sicily: the Monreale Cathedral with their thousands of square meters golden mosaics. To give you an impression, there were 2200 kg of pure gold used!

For more information about Palermo and the best places to stay in town, you should read my article: 15 best things to do in Palermo

2. Cefalù

This is a very picturesque place and probably the first Sicily picturethat you saw!

This small fishing village with its colorful boats on the pier looks calm and peaceful.

Well, I'll tell you something so that you won't be disappointed when you visit Sicily: the reality today is a little different because Cefalù has become a popular seaside resort. With his Sandy beach and the medieval streets the place is certainly pretty, but quite crowded, especially in the high season. I do not advise you to go there if you just want to enjoy the beach, you will find much better and quieter ones elsewhere!

Cefalù however, it is well worth a stop to admire the panorama from the old port and pier and through the narrow streets full of crowds shops and Restaurants to stroll. If you have the time, you should too norman cathedral of Cefalù visit the main building in the city.

After all, you should get to the top of La rocca di Cefalù soar, the cliff that towers over the city and offers spectacular views.

3. Taormina

Let us include this list of things to see in Sicily with Taormina, also "the pearl of Sicily“Called, continue. This city is world famous for its wonderful views of the plain fromCatania, Etna and Isola Bella. It is one of the most touristy Cities of Sicily, so it's best to take advantage of the off-season to get the most of your stay.

When you've made up your mindto visit the east coast of Sicily, it is a must. Here are the things you are into Taormina not to be missed:

  • Go down to the Isola Bella, the small island and its beach, which contribute significantly to the fame of the city.
  • Visit that Greek theater in Taormina
  • Enjoy the beautiful view of the Etna and the sea from the Piazza IX April out
  • Climb the 300 steps to the Madonna della Rocca churchto get a bird's eye view of the area.

In my article I will give you the best tips to Taormina during your trip to Sicily to visit: Visit Taormina: The 10 Sights.

4. Etna

The Etna volcano is in Sicily not to be overlooked. It's one of the island's main attractions and should definitely be on your itinerary in Sicily be included.

Of Taormina and Catania you can admire it from many vantage points. But since it's so close, it would be sad to miss the opportunity to climb the crater, wouldn't it?

It's best to choose a day or half-day excursion. Of Catania or Taormina Many tour operators offer a complete package for around € 55 Transportation, equipment, guides and SUV (4 × 4) to go up to the crater.

Of course you can also go there alone, but you are not being supervised, so watch out for those right shoes and the right equipment. Also check the beforehand Weather conditions, access is not always allowed. Please note that you if you are not accompanied by a guide, on the first level (after the cable car) have to stop. To reach the crater, the ascent to the second level must be done in one guided minibus respectively.

Going up the volcano is an unforgettable experience!

To make the most of your day trip to Mount Etna, I recommend booking your tour with Getyourguide. It's simple, they have the best English speaking guides!

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5. Catania

Catania, to Palermo the second largest city in Sicily, lies at the foot of the Etna. As I said before, this is the ideal starting point to get to the volcano.

Catania the sblack city called and has a lot to offer.

During yourTrip to Sicily I advise you to devote half a day or even a full day to this city.

Here are some of the Activities in and around Catania, in addition to Etna-Excursion:

  • Take a walk around the Piazza del Duomoto be the landmark of Catania to see: The Fontana dell ‘Elefante.
  • Visit the Duomo Di Cataniawho have favourited the cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of the city, the Holy Agatha, is dedicated.
  • Visit the "Cyclops rocks“(Faraglioni in Italian) im Aci Trezza seaside resort, just 35 minutes from Catania away.

You can find the best things to do in Catania in my article:The 12 best things to do in Catania

6. Syracuse and Ortigia Island

At the East coast of Sicily lies the city Syracuse and the charming Ortigia island, their historical center. It's simple: everything in Ortigia is beautiful! Monuments, squares, fountains, palaces and churches. They have really good ice cream too. You guessed it, at Voyage Tips we loved our stay on this island!

Ortigia island Must-see sights:

  • The beautiful Piazza del Duomo
  • The harbor
  • The Castello Maniace
  • Arethusa fountain at sunset

In the modern city Syracuse there is only one sight: the Archaeological ParkofNeapolis with its Roman amphitheater, the Greek theater and the Ear of Dionysius.

In my article you can find everything you need for need your stay in Syracuse: Syracuse: top 15 things to do.

Another great place to visit in Sicily!

7. Visit Noto, Modica and Ragusa

If you are looking for the best places in Sicily are to discover the amazing baroque architecture then look no further!

The baroque cities Noto, Modica and Ragusa belong to UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are no specific monuments to visit here. All you have to do is through that historical centers to stroll and enjoy them! (Tip: it's even better with an ice cream).

Castles, churches and baroque cathedrals, Architecture lovers will be delighted!

8. The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento

The Valley of the Temples, next to the City of Agrigento, is the most famous archaeological site in Sicily. It's number 1 when it comes to visiting before Selinunte temple and the Segestatemple (more on this below).

8 temples are visible in the valley, but the 2 best preserved are undoubtedly the one Temple of Concorde and the Temple of Hera. The walk between the temples is very pleasant and easy to do on foot.

You can find more information about the Valley of the Temples in our article:Valley of the Temples - The Ultimate Travel Guide

9. Scala dei Turchi

About 20 minutes drive from the Valley of the Temples removed, is the Scala dei Turchi another must have if you are through this Region of Sicily travel!

This white limestone cliffs is famous for its special shape: it looks like the erosion has carved steps! And if you turquoise color of the sea and the fine sandy beachesadding that surround it you'll understand why Scala dei Turchi is a very popular place.

Several dozen people gather here at the end of the day for the sunset to watch, probably hundreds in high season. A show not to be missed!

Address de la Scala dei Turchi: Strada Provinciale 68

10. Selinunte Temple

I will not hide it: Selinunte is my favorite archaeological site in Sicily! The ocean view temples are a must see on yours Sicily trip.

The archaeological park is in 2 different places divided, so I recommend you drive from one to the other. There are several temples to see. Some are very well preserved, others less so.

Unsure of which deity the temples were dedicated to, the experts preferred to name them by alphabetical letters. So don't be surprised to visit temples A, B, or C.

This place is really nice and will keep you busy for half a day. If you can, I really recommend you for to stay there for the sunset.

You can find details about visiting the Selinunte Temple in our article: How to spend 10 days in Sicily The best itinerary!

11. The temple of Segesta

Last temple and archaeological site is my Sicilian list of top attractions the temple of Segesta.

In the middle of the The Segesta Temple is located in the green hillsthat dominates the surrounding landscape. Very well preserved, it's definitely worth a look if you're in the area.

Fun fact: if the temple doesn't have a roof, it's because it was never finished!

Another attraction is that theatrewhich is 400 meters above the temple. In summer it is still used for concerts and theater performances.

All information, how to visit the temple of Segesta can be found in my article:The 10 sights in Trapani and the surrounding area.

12. Torre Salsa nature reserve

The Torre Salsa nature reserve lies between Agrigento and Selinuntewhich makes it a very nice stopover during your tour of Sicily.

Another good reason to go there: The Sandy beach is huge and there really aren't a lot of people. This not very well known attraction is a true paradise for a swim or a picnic!

To get there you have toabout 20 minutes drive on a dirt road and then park your car in the parking lot.

Be careful though:

  • It's not well indicated so you may struggle a little to find the right entrance (there are several)
  • The way there is very rocky, so watch out for your rental car!
  • Avoid leaving your car with your belongings in the parking lot. Don't leave anything in the car.

13. Marsala salt lagoons

If you have the Marsala city leave, take the Salt Roadthat go straight to the Salt lagoons leads. The road then continues to follow Trapani.

The salt lagoons and their mills are on many postcards and you will quickly understand why when you see them! Try to go there at sunset if you can as they are even more photogenic!

You can easily stop by the side of the road, snap a few photos and maybe buy some of this famous salt used by the best Sicilian chefs.

14. Trapani and Erice medieval village

The town Trapani itself is not a major point of Sicilian tourism, but it is an ideal starting point for at least three major attractions:

  • The temple of SegestaI mentioned earlier.
  • Visit of the medieval village of Erice
  • Take a trip to the ÄGAdian Islands. I'll tell you more about it in a minute!

Let's a little about Erice speak, this little medieval townwhich is at an altitude of 750 m on the rock above Trapani was built.

Of course you can too by car arrive (good luck finding a parking space in summer!) or try something more original: the cableway!

Of Trapani A return trip with the cable car costs 9 euros and the view is breathtaking.

Once at the top, here are some of the places to visit in Erice:

  • Erice Castle, from where you have a wonderful view of Trapani will have.
  • The opposite view of the reserve Monte Cofano and San Vito Lo Capo
  • The medieval church from the 14th century
  • Discover the charm of small medieval streets and shops (even if it's touristy!)
  • The Maria Grammatico pastry shop, an establishment by Erice!

For more information about the region Trapani I recommend you to read our article: Visit Trapani

15. Egadi Islands

Of Trapani from you can one Day trip (or several days!) to one of the Egadi Islands Companies.

Boats connect Trapani with the islands several times a day.

The 3 Egadi Islands are Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. They are all great for long walks, bike rides and Bathing breaks in beautiful bays. And besides, the use of cars is very regulated, so there are almost none!

However, if you only have one day to devote yourself to the Egadi Islands, I recommend you Favignana to choose. Most people there choose that Bike rentalto see as much as possible in one day. Impossible to get lost, everything is well indicated. Except for a few potholes, the paths have no particular difficulties.

Sights in Favignana:

  • Cala Rossa
  • Cala Azzura
  • Cala Rotonda
  • Lido Burrone

Everything you can about the Egadi Islands you can find in our article: Visit Trapani

16. Enna, the heart of Sicily

Enna is located in the heart of Sicily "The center of Sicily" called.

The Enna region is the only one without access to the sea. Here, however, there are most of the lakes, including the Pergusa lake, the only natural lake on the island.

On a promontory over Located 900 meters above sea level, Enna has his typical charm preserves and offers several sights:

  • Lombardia Castlewho have an unobstructed view of the from the top of the main tower Etna offers.
  • Ennas Cathedral
  • ViaRoma, the historical center of the city
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Pergusa lake with a racetrack on the shore

17. Zingaro nature reserve

It is undoubtedly the most famous nature reserve in Sicily. The Zingaro Nature Reserve is of Scopello or Trapani easily accessible from.

During the easy 3-hour hike (there and back) you will be welcomed by the beautiful panoramas be amazed with a view of the sea.

And if you still need a reason to go, this nature reserve offers access to several beautiful bays. You can do it before, during and after your hike to go swimming! The life is wonderful, is not it?

18. Monte Cofano nature reserve

As beautiful as that Zingaro Nature Reserve, is this Monte Cofano nature reserve, but it's not that famous.

Other travel blogs may not tell you anything about what to see in Sicily and that's a good thing! It is like the Zingaro a path that leads along the sea, with beautiful bays, but the vegetation and the landscape are very different.

It's also much quieter so it's very comfortable to walk around alone or almost alone.

For experienced hikers the reserve also offers one further waywho made the climb to the Summit of Monte Cofano enables. But be careful with very steep passages where it is necessary to use ropes and chains in the rocks This route requires good equipment and a good physical condition.

If you know more about the Monte Cofano nature reserve you can read our article: Top 10 things to do in Tripani.

19. Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands lie in Northern Sicily. This volcanic archipelago is made up of 7 islands and a couple of islands and rocks. The most famous and therefore the most visited are Lipari, Salina, Vulcano and Stromboli.

Every island has its own own charm and atmosphere:

  • Lipari is the largest with the best ship connections and therefore it is livelier than its neighbors. It also has beautiful beaches.
  • Also the volcano is easily accessible. He is famous for his beautiful volcanic landscapes and Mud baths.
  • Stromboli, known for his constantly active volcano. An impressive night show not to be missed!
  • Salina, has some beautiful hiking trails and good restaurants, which is very pleasant after a busy day. she is less touristy than the previous ones.

To get to the Aeolian Islands, you need a Hovercraft or a boat from Milazzo, Palermo or Messina to take. The ride from Milazzo to the volcano takes about 1h30. Once on the islands, cars are forbidden and reserved exclusively for residents.

If you only have one day to devote yourself to the Aeolian Islands, I advise you to choose only one, but if you want to see them all, you can do one multi-day cruise choose.

20. The most beautiful beaches in Sicily

My article about Sicily would not be complete without a list of the most beautiful beaches. Yep if you have one Sicily tour, you will for sure the Enjoy the beach and the crystal clear water want! It's one of the best things to do in Sicily.

Here are some of my favorite beaches and bays:

  • San Vito Lo Capo beach: Perfect for families with children, this large sandy beach is ideal for swimming or sunbathing! Public beach + private beach.
  • Isola Bella: Small pebble beach with crystal clear water, at the foot of Taormina. Ideal for snorkeling with lots of small fish to watch. Public beach + private beach.
  • Scala dei Turchi: This is the most romantic beach to enjoy the sunset in Sicily. Turquoise water + limestone rocks with an orange-pink hue = the perfect combination! Public beach + private beach.
  • Cala Rossa in Favignana: Surrounded by huge rocks, this bay offers crystal clear, turquoise water. The view from above is breathtaking.
  • Torre Salsa Nature Reserve Beach: A large, fine sandy beach with very shallow water. Great place to spend a family day away from it all. Be careful of 2 things: the road there is not very good and it is extremely important not to leave anything in the car.
  • Parco Marino del Plemmirio: Near Syracuse there are numerous beautiful little bays.
  • Calamosche Beach: One of the busiest beaches around Syracuse, known for the beauty of its shallow and transparent waters.

The best things to do in Sicily

If you, during your stay in Sicily, want to do something else, than just cultural tourism or going to the beach, take a look at the following activities! There is something for everybody!

I have the best activities selectedthat you can do in Sicily (click on the links below for more information and to book your activities):

  • Paragliding: This activity can be done in Palermo,Agrigento0,Taormina,Trapanior Cefalu be exercised.
  • 4 hour cruise in the direction of Catania in the Cyclops Bay - And for them Luxury version on a sailing boat, click here!
  • Canyoning in the Alcantara Gorge - 5 hour excursion: Book here! 3 hour excursion: Book there!
  • Boat trip to Isola Bella, Towards Taormina
  • Boat trip to the Aeolian Islands
  • Mountain bike(Alcantara Gorge)
  • Snorkeling, around the Aeolian Islands Vulkan and Lipari / Snorkeling is also possible in the direction of Catania, in a marine reserve
  • Kayaking, around the beautiful little island of Isola Bella, in Taormina - Also snorkel is possible here!
  • Segway tour through Catania
  • Diving in Sicily, near Catania - Diving baptism also possible on the Aeolian Islands
  • Excursion to Etna from Cataniaor from Taormina
  • Mountain bike on Etna / Also possible with a buggy!
  • Parasailing, at 100 meters above the water
  • Kayak course, along the coast of Syracuse or Catania
  • Quad tour
  • Quad tour in the archaeological park of Segeste
  • Jet ski rentalto discover part of the south coast of Sicily.
  • Jet boat tour (a very fast boat to take very tight turns)
  • Caving, in the lava caves of Etna ..
  • Hike with a guide to the necropolis of Pantalica near Syracuse.

And for one unique and extraordinary activity (and for those on the budget!): Private Helicopter Flight Over Mount Etna!

Tourist map of Sicily

To help you imagine this big island a little better, I have one tourist map of Sicily which lists the places I mention in my article, “The 20 most important places to visit in Sicily”.

You can view the map legend by clicking the top left button, the one with a small arrow.

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