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Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

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Dublin, Ireland
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Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

Hi,

I am going on holidays with my family from 24th June - 11th July 2013. (We have booked flights but no accommodation yet) We are flying into Palermo and had initially planned on going to Lipari for the 2 and a half weeks.

However, ferries are quite expensive and also lengthy, so I am wondering if there is somewhere on mainland Sicily which would be nice to stay (preferably not TOO far from Palermo, but we can be mobile if necessary!). We are basically looking for some sandy beaches, nice restaurants and a bit of life and Italian culture - we don't want to be in the middle of a city/town but don't want to be somewhere totally remote either!

Has anyone any suggestions as to where would be a good area to stay? I've seen a few posts about San Vito Lo Capo being nice - any opinions, or alternatives?!

Thanks in advance everyone! :)

Here & There
Destination Expert
for Sicily, Taormina
posts: 64,396
1. Re: Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

Welcome to Sicily onthego1988!

Do you plan to hire a car?

Perhaps consider Cefalù or San Vito Lo Capo, and if you hire a car, then also consider the beaches around Selinunte.

Best wishes!

Vagabonda

Melbourne, Australia
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2. Re: Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

Can agree for white sandy beaches, some history and not so many people Selinute ticks all the boxes at only 1 hr from palermo airport, perfect you could also try alcoma marina that's even closer.

Here & There
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for Sicily, Taormina
posts: 64,396
3. Re: Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

Much would depend on whether you plan to hire a car!

The Golfo di Castellammare area (Castellammare del Golfo, Balestrate, Marina di Alcamo....) is not your top pick!

Vagabonda

Dublin, Ireland
posts: 3
reviews: 21
4. Re: Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

Thank you very much Vagabonda and Brucefil, we are thinking of booking an apartment in San Vito Lo Capo as it seems to offer a lot...beach, nice atmosphere and not too quiet etc.

Would you recommend that we hire a car for our holiday or is this necessary when staying in SVLC?

I hope SVLC still retains the Sicilian feel and isn't too touristy?

Also, would you recommend any nice day trips/must-see sights?

Lastly, how would you recommend travelling from Palermo airport (if we don't get a car)?

Thank you for all the advice! :)

Here & There
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for Sicily, Taormina
posts: 64,396
5. Re: Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

Prego onthego1988,

Whether you would hire a car would depend on your day trip destinations.

San Vito Lo Capo is a seasonal beach resort town, a tourist destination, but it is genuine.

San Vito Lo Capo’s tourist season begins the end of May, and June isn’t as crowded as July or August.

Because San Vito Lo Capo is located an hour’s drive up Sicily’s northwestern headland, it isn’t well positioned for touring and exploring the attractions of Western Sicily. A base in San Vito Lo Capo adds an additional two hours of driving each day.

You might spend several days enjoying the beach, and then move onward to Trapani for touring the sights. Trapani has the best public transport connections in Western Sicily.

There is no train station in San Vito Lo Capo.

San Vito Lo Capo’s public transport connects via Trapani with the exception of the Russo bus to Palermo. AST runs the bus service between San Vito Lo Capo and Trapani.

There are several options between Palermo’s airport and San Vito Lo Capo.

Interbus runs direct service from Palermo’s airport to Trapani. Then take AST from Trapani to San Vito Lo Capo.

http://www.interbus.it/

http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it/

Otherwise, take the Prestia e Comandè bus from Palermo’s airport to Palermo.

http://194.243.81.201/zephyros_prestia/

Click on “Aereoporto Falcone Borsellino – Palermo”:

http://194.243.81.201/zephyros_prestia/?idPlugin=20000&idx=317

Then take the Russo bus from Palermo to San Vito Lo Capo.

http://www.russoautoservizi.it/orari.html

There are driver services you could also hire between Palermo’s airport and San Vito Lo Capo.

http://www.marsalatours.it/en/pricelist.aspx

http://www.michelangelotransfer.it/

http://www.trapanitours.com/

Enjoy Lo Zingaro from San Vito Lo Capo.

Erice and Segesta are Western Sicily’s top destinations. This earlier thread discusses many more attractions in Western Sicily.

Where to stay in Western Sicily?:

tripadvisor.com/…46528988

Vagabonda

Dublin, Ireland
posts: 3
reviews: 21
6. Re: Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

Hi Vagabonda,

Thanks for some more great tips!

However, after all that, we have now booked a place in Letojanni, just outside Taormina! It's on Mazzeo beach, to be exact. http://maps.google.ie/maps/place?ftid=0x13141168b1d4c69b:0x99911a649232c3f&q=Mazzeo,+Province+of+Messina,+Italy&hl=en&ved=0CAwQ-gswAA&sa=X&ei=MF43UZHVFKLOiAaNj4H4Dg

I hope this is a nice place to stay?

The only slight inconvenience is that we are flying into Palermo airport (we had no choice, coming from Ireland). We are now thinking we will hire a car in order to get to Mazzeo as quickly as possible (our flight gets in at 8.30pm). Would you recommend this? What is the cheapest way to rent a car? And would you recommend that we rent the car for the entire 2.5 weeks?

Also, my brother will be flying out to us a week later and will have to make his way from Palermo to Taormina. What is the best, fastest and most direct way for him to do this?

Really looking forward to our holiday now!

Thank you in advance again! :)

Here & There
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for Sicily, Taormina
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7. Re: Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

Letojanni better positioned for touring and exploring, however Catania is the preferred airport for Letojanni! Aerlingus flies from Dublin to Catania.

thinksicily.com/travel-to-and-around-sicily/…

It’s at least a 3,5-hour drive from Palermo’s airport to Letojanni. If your flight were delayed, or if traffic were heavy, you would arrive very late in Letojanni.

Expect traffic on Palermo's ring road between 19.30 and 21.00.

Price shouldn’t be your top concern with a car hire in Sicily!

You wouldn’t require the car for your entire stay, but that would depend on your day trip destination, however Letojanni has a train station and also bus service, and there are many excursions offered from Letojanni and nearby Taormina.

saistours.com/downloads/EscursioniLocandina.…

http://www.interbus.it/Escursioni.aspx

This thread discusses car hires - Do you need to hire a car in Sicily?

tripadvisor.com/…35148169

Your brother would take the Prestia e Comandè bus from Palermo’s airport to Palermo.

http://www.prestiaecomande.it/

Click on “Aereoporto Falcone Borsellino – Palermo”:

www.prestiaecomande.it/…

Then take the direct SAIS Autolinee bus service from Palermo to Catania or Catania’s airport (Aeroporto Catania).

http://www.saisautolinee.it/regionali.htm

And then – From Catania airport to Letojanni:

tripadvisor.com/…43460986

Need Help Plan My 3 Days in Sicily:

tripadvisor.com/…27948269

Vagabonda

8. Re: Where to stay for a family holiday in Sicily

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