Sicily’s eastern coast is spectacularly beautiful, with undulating cliffs overlooking exquisite coves and the startlingly blue Ionian Sea. On the north coast, the idyllic seaside town of Cefalù is the gateway to an undulating coastline of dramatic capes and magical beaches. Just inland, the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains contain some of Sicily’s highest peaks and are scattered with traditional villages. Ethereal salt pans and ancient ruins are found at the quiet western tip of the island, while the protected waters of the offshore islands offer opportunities for diving and snorkelling
Foodies come to Sicily to sample one of the richest cuisines in the Mediterranean, combining a wide range of local ingredients with flavours bequeathed by Greeks, Normans, Spanish, Arabs and North Africans. Famous Sicilian dishes include pasta alla Norma, prepared with aubergine, tomatoes and cured ricotta cheese; caponata, a sort of ratatouille; cuscus al pesce, North African-style couscous served with fish; pasta con le sarde, made with sardines, anchovies and fennel, and arancine, fried rice balls commonly stuffed with minced meat, peas, tomato sauce and mozzarella.