Where to stay in Sicily

Sicily, an island of unparalleled beauty, fascinates tourists with its diverse treasures. With a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, Sicily offers an enchanting experience for every traveller. Indulge in the tantalizing flavours of Sicilian cuisine, from delectable cannoli to savoury arancini. Explore the picturesque coastal towns and idyllic beaches that fringe the island's shores.

The island weaves a tapestry of architectural elegance, from the great baroque buildings of Modica and Ragusa to the energetic alleys of Palermo. Ancient ruins can be seen at Syracuse and Catania, while Noto charms visitors with its well-preserved Baroque beauty. The panoramic views of Taormina, perched atop a cliff, are unique. Sicily's sandy beaches and clear waters make the ideal setting for priceless memories. Immerse yourself in the seductive charm of this gem of the Mediterranean, where historical glories and natural wonders coexist harmoniously.

Our favourite places to stay, towns and villages:

  • where to stay in Sicily
  • what do in Sicily: hidden gems, activities and memorable experiences
  • the gastronomical delights of Sicily

Are you ready to embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting allure of Sicily? With Secretplaces as your guide, a world of remarkable holiday accommodations in Sicily awaits. Delight in the selection of the best boutique hotels in Sicily nestled in the stunning towns of Taormina, Ragusa, Palermo, and beyond. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the rustic charm of rural country hotels in Sicily, in Noto, Marina di Ragusa, and Modica. Seeking a more intimate experience? Discover our collection of stylish bed and breakfasts in Sicily, together with our charming holiday villas in Sicily or explore the lesser-known gems of the island for an authentic Italian immersion. Tailor your stay with our diverse offerings of holiday apartments in Sicily and eco-friendly green hotels, ensuring a truly personalized Sicilian escape.

Our favourite towns, villages and accommodations in Sicily

Escape the bustling city and discover the charming fishing village of Cefalù. This idyllic coastal town offers a tranquil escape, where you can explore the old harbour and bask in the sun-kissed beaches. Don't miss the impressive Norman cathedral and the majestic "Rock of Cefalù" for amazing views. Take a stroll through the enchanting streets and uncover the hidden gems of this chic and popular destination.

No visit to Sicily is complete without witnessing the awe-inspiring Etna volcano. Choose the towns of Taormina or Catania to admire this natural wonder from afar. Stay in our luxury hotels in Taormina and embark on guided tours to Mount Etna, be it on foot or in a thrilling 4x4 adventure.

Catania, the vibrant second-largest city of Sicily, awaits with its iconic Piazza del Duomo and the striking "Fontana dell' Elefante." Indulge in the rich array of churches, explore the lively fish market, and savour delectable seafood in local restaurants. Discover our selection of stylish hotels and peaceful holiday apartments for a memorable stay.

Make your way to the captivating city of Siracusa, where ancient wonders await. Immerse yourself in the rich archaeological heritage, from the Greek theatre hosting an annual festival to the enchanting island of Ortigia with its historical treasures. Uncover a blend of architectural styles, including Greek, Roman, and medieval Norman, that paint a vivid picture of the city's captivating past.

Don’t miss out on the occasion of visiting the unique Valley of Temples in Agrigento, where you could explore the exceptionally well-preserved ancient Greek ruins, featuring monumental Doric temples that evoke the island's rich history.

Include the picturesque town of Modica in your itinerary for an unforgettable experience. Roam through winding alleys, soak up the ambience of picturesque squares, and indulge in the local cuisine. Don't forget to visit the chocolate museum, where Modica's traditional chocolate takes centre stage. Discover the nearby beautiful beaches and choose between a chic holiday home or a rustic country hotel for your stay in Sicily.

Sicily beckons with a tapestry of captivating destinations, each offering a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Embark on an extraordinary journey, where ancient wonders, charming towns, and unforgettable flavours await at every turn.

Gastronomy - Discover the highlights of Sicilian cuisine

Sicilian cuisine is a celebration of locally sourced ingredients, potent flavours, and long-standing culinary customs. As you enjoy Sicily's rich and amazing food, allow your taste buds to be carried away to a world of exquisite flavours.

Arancini, deep-fried rice balls with ragù, cheese, or veggies inside, are a good place to start. These flavourful treats are ideal as an appetizer or a quick snack. For those who enjoy seafood, Sicily has plenty of fresh catches, including exquisite prawns and grilled swordfish, which are frequently served with a squeeze of lemon for an extra kick of tangy taste.

Sicilian cuisine places a specific emphasis on pasta. Try meals like pasta alla Norma, which is made with ricotta salata cheese, tomato sauce, and eggplant, or the filling and savoury pasta con le sarde, which is made with sardines, wild fennel, pine nuts, and raisins.

The street food scene in Sicily is renowned. Enjoy panelle, which are crunchy chickpea fritters, or tuck into a delicious sfincione, a pizza made in the style of Sicily and topped with tomatoes, onions, and cheese. Try the famous Sicilian delicacy known as the cannoli, which has a crispy shell filled with sweet ricotta cream and is frequently topped with candied fruit.

Enjoy the renowned wines of the island to go with your meals. The powerful red wines of Nero d'Avola and the crisp white wines of Grillo and Catarratto are just a few of the many varieties of wine that Sicily produces. To bring out the flavours of your meals, serve them with a glass of regional wine.