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TRAVELLING IN SICILY WITH KIDS
Sicily delivers the warm sun and bright blue seas that delight kids of all ages, but it’s way more than just a family beach break destination. Kids and teens with a taste for history will appreciate the impressive Greek and Roman ruins, while the island’s natural and nutritional wonders will keep all ages happy. Who isn’t impressed by erupting volcanoes, steaming vents, thermal springs, mud baths and black beaches? And once you’ve hiked, kayaked, snorkelled and explored, Sicily’s exceptional food will refuel in fine style – its granita and cakes, including cannoli stuffed with a creamy ricotta filling, are delicious highlights.
Our Sicily family Holidays
ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES IN SICILY
Europe’s tallest active volcano
Sicily and its surrounding islands are studded with volcanoes. Explore Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, via jeep or on foot, and stay on Vulcano and Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands to climb around craters, witness lava erupting and steaming vents, kayak to caves and black sand beaches and soak in thermal springs.
Sicily’s excellent food will delight juvenile tastebuds, with gelato, granita and wonderful pastries satisfying sweet teeth and pasta with rich tomato sauces, cheese, salami and pizza filling rumbling tums. The street snack scene is Sicily’s answer to fast food, while shopping in markets is a fantastic lesson in the joy of eating fresh and local.
In summer, Sicily’s beaches beckon, and some of the Mediterranean’s most pristine waters lap its mix of sandy and pebbly shores, where you can sea kayak, snorkel and swim. For watery fun with a difference, there’s body rafting on the Alcantara River. Cycling trails take you through idyllic countryside and hikes can be kept short but sweet, with a swim and a gelato the finale.
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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL ASKS THE EXPERTS
Marta Marinelli, from our supplier Exodus, explains what makes Sicily great for families:
“Most of the hotels and beaches in Sicily are family friendly, offering facilities such as play areas and a safe, calm sea to play in. A lot of the historic centres in the small towns offer pedestrian areas where families with kids can wander stress free. Not to mention all the yummy food specialities which kids will love such as arancini, cannoli and granita with brioche.”
More about Sicily
Unless you’re a sun worshipper bent only on the beach, the best time to go to Sicily is outside of roasting and rammed July and August.
Explore the Mediterranean’s largest island with our Sicily travel guide, with an introduction to this fascinating place and a potted history, too.
Our interactive map features 12 Sicily highlights, from the foodie and frenetic capital Palermo to pretty fishing villages and towns bursting with beautiful Baroque architecture.
Our top things to do in Sicily range from hiking up volcanoes to seeking out historical sites, with eating high on the must-do list, too, as Sicily’s food is famously delicious.
A Sicily food tour makes for an introduction to one of Italy’s most distinctive and dangerously delicious cuisines that is sure to become a long-lasting relationship.
Blessed with an enormous variety of well preserved archaeological sites, Sicily is a paradise for history buffs, classicists and anyone hoping to explore one of the world’s great cultural crossroads.
Sicily’s volcanoes make up one of the most volcanically active regions of the planet, and the best way to appreciate their awesome power is by getting up close and personal with them – on foot.
Walking is also a fantastic way to discover the distinct and vibrant culture of Sicily, especially its food and wine.
Browse our page full of Sicily travel tips, with expert advice from our tour operators alongside helpful been-there, done-that insights from fellow travellers.
Our page on responsible tourism in Sicily includes guidance on supporting local businesses that resist Mafia extortion rackets and advice on conserving water.