Volcanic Wonderland

Largest of the Mediterranean islands, Sicily offers glowing seaside spaces, countryside coloured with citrus trees, and the mighty figure of Mount Etna. While actually classed as a self-governing region of Italy, it is unique enough to be mistaken for a separate country.

Get an active experience of its many environments on your family holiday, all while taking in its deeply mixed heritage! As well as its Italian influences, Sicily showcases Ancient Greek monuments, oranges and lemons brought by the Arabs, and the Latin culture of the Normans. Its language has borrowed and blended from a variety of ruling civilisations, and its cuisine is a feast of fusion.

There’s nowhere better for activities and culture than Sicily’s northeast coast. Here, you can adventure up the slopes of Mount Etna and learn about the island’s volcanic history. You might like to head down into the idyllic Alcantara Gorges, which make up a magnificent botanical and geological park. Offshore, there’s marine exploration to be enjoyed in the natural reserve of Isola Bella Marine Park.

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Along the way, you can wander through the welcoming streets of towns like Giardini Naxos and Taormina, or trek between pretty hillside villages while looking out over Sicily’s superb landscape. You’ll return home with heaps of summery island memories!

Photography by Sicily Adventure & Sicily Active

Lava caves and coastal sports

Have you ever journeyed along the slopes of an active volcano? Our family holiday features a whole morning dedicated to Etna, Sicily’s majestic natural symbol. A local expert will guide you up a series of trails and pathways. En-route, you will get breathtaking views of the island and visit one of Etna’s fascinating volcanic caves.

A fantastic adventure park can be found at the base of the mountain. Here, it will be possible to climb and zip-wire in a forest setting – get the adrenaline pumping as you glide through the trees!

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There will be many opportunities to learn about Sicily’s landscape and heritage when taking part in our cultural trekking option. You will hike over the surrounding hills, coming across picturesque villages. One of these is beautiful Savoca, where sections of The Godfather were filmed. Those looking for a faster alternative to trekking will definitely want to try out body rafting through the Alcantara Gorges, which will have you slipping away on the water.

Sicily’s coast is ideal for water sports, so we’ve made sure to include them on our holiday. You’ll be taken around the Isola Bella Marine Park by boat with stops for snorkelling. There are all kinds of creatures to observe underwater! You will also get to have a go at kayaking on the sea near your hotel, which is tremendous fun!

Home of ‘the mountain'

It won’t take long for you and the children to see why Sicilians refer to Etna as ‘a muntagna’, or ‘the mountain’. Towering over the land like an immense, breathing giant, the volcano occupies centre stage as if it were the only mountain on Earth! Hiking up its slopes, the whole family will be utterly inspired by a range of amazing panoramas.

The Mediterranean location of this wonderful island definitely makes it a water sports paradise. Relish the pleasant sea breeze as you kayak over the water; peer into a submarine world while snorkelling in Isola Bella Marine Park.

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Sicilian villages and towns have a truly relaxed, sun-soaked way of life, so you’ll quickly feel welcome and very much at home. We strongly recommend that you take every opportunity to try the local cuisine! It mixes Italian, French, and Arab influences and is simply superb. The east of Sicily is famous for ‘Pasta alla Norma’. Don’t be fooled by its uncomplicated combination of tomatoes, aubergine, and salty ricotta cheese – this is like no pasta you’ve ever tasted!

Get an expert opinion

Family holidays are so important so please get in touch and let our Travel Experts use their firsthand experience to help you make the right decision for your family. We’ve explored our destinations with our own families, we’ve slept in the accommodation, dined in the restaurants, rafted on the rivers, zip wired through the tree tops, played in the snow, marvelled at the Northern Lights… So please contact us if you have any questions.

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