If sandy beaches, dinky hilltop towns and timeworn cities get your vote, book a holiday to Sicily – the biggest island in the Med is a master of all trades.
The biggest island in the Med
Granted, Sicily may be shaped like a triangle, but this Italian island – the Mediterranean’s biggest – has more than 3 sides to it. Take its history, for starters. Over the centuries the ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans have all put their 10 cents into the place, so a visit here is like stepping straight into the pages of a history book.
Taormina and Cefalu
Taormina is a case in point. This hillside town on the island's east coast is home to a Greek theatre, an Arabian necropolis, and an Anglican church. It's a similar story in Cefalu on the north coast. In this seaside city, a Norman cathedral wrestles with a ruined Saracen castle for attention. And sandy stretches like Lungomare Beach make this place just as popular with sun-worshippers as history buffs.
Giardini Naxos and Letojanni
Speaking of beaches, Sicily's got some prime stretches up its sleeve. Head for the island's east coast and dinky fishing villages like Giardini Naxos and Letojanni are the ones to watch. Giardini Naxos is set in a sheltered bay, and its curve of sand and shingle and sprinkling of pensions and pizzerias makes it popular with holidaying locals. Letojanni, a little further up the coast, is as quiet as they come – you certainly won’t be fighting for elbow room on the wide, shingle beach here.
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