This largely unspoilt island in the Med is only just being discovered by British holidaymakers and it has much to offer for a break...
Car hire is available at all the major airports, including Palermo (PMO), Catania (CTA), Comiso (CIY) and Trapani (TPS) and is the ideal way to get around the island on your holiday.
The rugged north offers mountains and cliffs, whereas the southern part of the island is home to beautiful, sandy beaches. To make the most of what's on offer in Sicily car hire is essential. This is by far the best way to tour the island, as you are able make your own itinerary and linger in those places that interest you most.
History lovers will appreciate the fine architectural structures that hint at the city's chequered past. A short ferry ride will allow you to explore the nearby Aeolian Islands, which can be crowded in August, but offer exceptional beaches and a wide and delicious choice of seafood. No matter what your interests, you can tailor your trip to suit you.
The scenery is quite something on Sicily, with volcanic mountains, high sea cliffs and hidden beaches to be discovered by car...
Some of the natural parks around Etna provide awe-inspiring vistas that are unique to the island. The 'Pertusa di Notaro', for example, is the perfect stop off on a hot day. Translated as 'Cold Cavity', it is notable because of the extremely fresh blasts of air that continuously pass through. The volcanic nature of the island means that it is a popular destination for those seeking spa treatments. Sciacca is one of the most famous spas, with caves in which reach temperatures of around 400C due to the high concentration of steam.
Those who prefer a bit of bustle and noise should take the time to explore Palermo, the island's regional capital. It is always busy, with lots of noise and dust but a life all its own.