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Secret Sicily

Our verdict:

When I think of Sicily, I dream of ultra-fresh spaghetti alla scoglio washed down with a zingy local Grillo wine. I also imagine baking hot summers on the beach with the smoky top of Etna peeking above the horizon. Get back to the land by staying in a traditional agriturismo farmhouse for the perfect Sicilian break.

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Sicily ticks all the boxes for a great family holiday. Regular flights into Catania and Palermo make it easy to get to, there are plenty of sandy beaches and a wealth of historic sites to explore.

  • stay on a working farm
  • characterful self-catering
  • agriturismo

We’ve picked out the best family-friendly places to stay on the island, from welcoming boutique hotels to stylish self-catering villas. Plus, we guarantee the best rates on the web when you book through us.

This cluster of stone cottages has sweeping views over Unesco-listed Modica, while beautiful beaches, nature reserves and hill towns are nearby. Or for delicious home cooking and a warm family welcome, stay at this working olive farm near Agrigento. Kids will love the tractor rides around the olive groves, empty beaches are a 20-minute drive away and famous Greek temples are just along the coast.

If you’re looking for more independence, opt for these stylish self-catering villas in historic Cefalù. They boast huge terraces, airy living areas and kitted-out kitchens – plus you’re a short walk from a sandy beach. Or go for these chic self-catering apartments, tucked away in a pretty valley with plenty of outdoor space for free-range kids. There are two on-site pools and castles, beaches and waterparks nearby.

An agriturismo is a great way to get a flavour of traditional Sicilian life – we love this affordable former farmhouse, which serves delicious homemade dinners and local wines beneath almond trees in the gardens. There’s also plenty of outside space for kids to run around and a safe pool to splash about in.

Close to Modica and Pozzallo, this charming agriturismo is a great base for exploring southeast Sicily. There’s a retro country-kitchen vibe throughout and a great playground to keep little ones entertained.

Explore our full range of family holiday ideas in Sicily.

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