We spent a wonderful few days on the island of Sicily. We travelled with Easyjet from Manchester – a flight of just over 3 hours. We flew into Catania and then drove around 45 minutes to the resort of Taormina – a picturesque spot with the most wonderful views. We chose to hire a car, although you can infact take a bus straight, or rather not straight as some of the roads provide ‘hairpin’ bends, right to the centre of Taormina.
Taormina is set high up on a hilltop on the east coast of Sicily. It sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit. The town is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-Roman theater still used today. Near the theater, cliffs drop to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches. A narrow stretch of sand connects to Isola Bella, a tiny island and nature reserve.
We loved just strolling around this fabulous old town soaking up the Italian atmosphere. There is a plethora of restaurants and cafes to visit plus shopping on offer, from designer brands to the most stunning art and pottery pieces.
There is a wide choice of Hotels, from Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, where the likes of Churchill and Elton John have stayed to somewhat more affordable large hotels as well as some spectacularly converted Villas offering just a handful of rooms. We stayed at Villa Astoria which had around 20 rooms, was typically Italian, very clean, located on the hillside with breathtaking views. For a change of scenery from the old town, you can take 800 steps down to the pebble beach and visit Isola Bella or chose to take the cable car.
We visited in October and the weather was around 25 degrees – so no complaints by me.
We also took time to visit Mt Etna, the highest volcano in Europe and its well worth a visit. We hired boots and a warm coat at the base, as it does get rather chilly, took the cable car and then followed part of the trail.
A fabulous short break – we will certainly head back in 2020