Thursday, 2 March 2017

Palermo wins Capital of Culture 2018

Palermo, Sicily has been named the Italian Capital of Culture for 2018 by the Italian Culture Ministry. The award recognises Palermo's historical legacy, cuisine and range of cultural venues. There will be a year long calendar of events to celebrate with initiatives currently under development including promoting an Arab-Norman route connecting Palermo with Cefalù and Monreale (the path was recently granted UNESCO Heritage status) and world-class opera performances for the city’s Teatro Massimo.

Palermo, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy with a truly enviable historical and cultural legacy, was one of the finalists on the shortlist of ten cities: the others were Alghero, Aquileia, Comacchio, Ercolano, Montebelluna, Recanati, Settimo Torinese , Trento, and a joint Elima-Erice bid (including Buseto Palizzolo, Custonaci, Erice, Paceco, San Vito Lo Capo, and Valderice).  Now that the city has achieved this recognition, the Sicilian capital will gain certain economic benefits. For starters, it will receive €1 million, allowing it to carry out investments to promote cultural activities and increase the value of its artistic heritage.

Palermo was also named the Italian Capital of Young People 2017.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Introducing Elba

The island of Elba lies 10km west of the Tuscan coastline in north west Italy and 50km east of the French island of Corsica. Whilst being part of Italy, it has an unique blend of landscapes, architecture and cultures creating one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.

Elba is the third biggest Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia, but only 224sqkm in area with 150km of coastline with many beautiful, sandy beaches, cliffs and coves bordering a crystalline sea. The countryside is green and fertile, particularly in the west which is overlooked by Monte Capanne (1,019m) and known as the ‘Roof of the Tuscan Archipelago’.

Elba Accommodation:

Hotel Hermitage, 5 Star
Situated on the central north coast of Elba in the beautiful bay of Biodola, Hotel Hermitage is set in Mediterranean gardens bordering the beach and has wonderful sea views, well-appointed guest rooms and suites, 3 restaurants and bars, 2 pools, wellness centre, children’s club and offers a wealth of activities including 9 tennis courts, 9 hole golf course and watersports.

Hotel Biodola, 4 Star
Just set back from the beautiful bay of Biodola, 10km west of Portoferraio on the north coast of Elba, Hotel Biodola offers an excellent beach location, wonderful sea views, lovely Mediterranean gardens and offers Tuscan style accommodation, 2 restaurants, swimming pool and jacuzzi, children’s club, and access to 9 tennis courts, 9 hole golf course and watersports close by.

Hotel del Golfo, 4 Star
Located on beach of Procchio just a short walk from the village centre and 10km west of Portoferraio on the north coast of Elba, Hotel del Golfo is situated in immaculate gardens and offers spacious guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants and 3 bars, swimming and jacuzzi pools, children’s club and land based and water sports activities including tennis, hiking and sailing.

Getting There
Whilst there are no direct flights to Elba from the UK, there are a number of routes both from mainland Italy and from Corsica:

•    Silver Air operates daily flights from Florence, Milan, Lugano and Pisa to the island’s one airport at Marina di Campo on the south coast of Elba
•    Corsica–Sardinia–Elba ferries, BluNavy and Moby Lines have numerous ferry daily crossings to Cavo, Portoferraio and Rio Marina from Piombino 110km south of Pisa in north west Italy
•    Weekly ferry crossing from Bastia in north east Corsica to Portoferraio on north coast of Elba.

Please call Just Sicily 01202 489040 for further information and personal recommendations.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

All Inclusive in Sicily

Just Sicily 01202 489040 now offers two All Inclusive hotels both situated in lovely beach locations which offer great value for money, family friendly accommodation, complimentary children's clubs and a range of facilities, activities and entertainment.

Sikania Resort & Spa 
Located on the south coast of Sicily, 16km from the town and port of Licata, Sikania Resort & Spa is ideal for families and couples looking for an All Inclusive option on the beach with pool, restaurant, children’s clubs, activities and spa.
Prices from £479pp per week (excluding flights and airport transfers/car hire)

ATAHotel Naxos Beach
Situated on the seafront in Giardini Naxos in north east Sicily this resort has an impressive range of facilities including 4 pools, 2 tennis courts, 5 restaurants and bars, children’s clubs, activities and entertainment for all the family.
Prices from £652pp per week (excluding flights and airport transfers/car hire)

Experience Sicily with Just Sicily – The Island Specialist

Monday, 23 January 2017

What's New for Just Sicily 2017

For 2017 Just Sicily are delighted to announce:

New Accommodation
4 hotels, including one on the Aeolian Island of Salina which have been personally chosen to offer our customers even more choice throughout Sicily.

Hotel Signum
Situated on the Aeolian island of Salina off the north coast of Sicily, Hotel Signum is a charming boutique hotel offering a relaxed atmosphere, rustic yet stylish guest rooms, Sicilian restaurant and pool all enjoying panoramic sea views.,-Salina/

Masseria Agnello
Situated in the countryside on the central south coast of Sicily 16km from Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, Masseria Agnello is a 19th century farmhouse that has been lovingly transformed into a charming boutique style hotel.

Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay (image above)
Situated overlooking the picturesque Bay of Sirens in Taormina Mare on the north east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay boasts a truly unique position.

Scala dei Turchi Resort
Situated directly above the stunning Scala dei Turchi Beach, well known around the world for its pure white marl cliffs, this modern hotel has a lovely pool, bar and restaurant enjoying wonderful sea views and is well located to explore the south coast.

Please call us on 01202 489040 for details about these exciting new additions to our collection and more! To request the 2017 Just Sicily Holiday Collection visit:
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Romantic Sicily

Just Sicily can recommend hotels personally chosen in exclusive locations to suit a romantic holiday, honeymoon, anniversary or any special occasion and can guide you to the most beautiful guest rooms and suites on the island - Romantic Sicily>
With its breathtaking scenery, panoramic coastline and range of elegant accommodation, Sicily is a perfect place to spend a romantic holiday.
Standing in a truly idyllic park-like setting adjacent to Taormina’s historic Greek theatre with stunning views of the Ionian Sea, town and to Mount Etna beyond.
Prices from £1171 pppw

This 18th century farm has been recreated as a boutique hotel offering guests elegant rooms and suites, excellent restaurant and pool in an very tranquil setting between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea.
Prices from £389pppw

Situated beside its own exclusive beach in Taormina Mare, the hotel enjoys a truly idyllic setting with stunning views of one of the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean.
Prices from £866 pppw

Situated on a 40 acre estate this rustic-chic country house is situated close to Mount Etna with breath taking views of the coast, an organic restaurant and pool, surrounded by olive groves.
Prices from £352 pppw

This former English villa has now been recreated as an elegant hotel  in a beautiful setting with wonderful sea views close to the centre of Taormina.
Prices from £882 pppw

Situated on the beach overlooking the picturesque Isola Bella in Taormina Mare on the beautiful north east coast of Sicily.
Prices from £676 pppw

Situated in south west of Sicily, owned and run by a family of wine and olive oil makers, the guest rooms, restaurant, bar and pool are nestled amongst the vineyards and olive groves.
Prices from £485 pppw

Situated between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea, this hotel has a tranquil atmosphere, a blend of traditional and contemporary styling, unique guest rooms, excellent restaurant and pool.
Prices from £513 pppw

Originally a 16th century grain tower, now a small and chic hotel with just 7 guest rooms and suites, surrounded by pristine lawns, olive trees, vines and palm trees with a pool and restaurant.
Prices from £382 pppw

Located 1km from centre of Vulcano, the pearl of the Aeolian Islands, this charming 5 star resort has a choice of rooms and suites, pools, restaurants, spa and wonderful views of the archipelago.
Prices from £540 pppw

For personal recommendations please call Just Sicily 01202 489040 and for more information and to book online visit

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Best Secret Beaches in Sicily

 Sicily boasts an array of picturesque beaches, some considered to be the most beautiful of their kind in the Mediterranean. Wherever you are in Sicily, there will be a stunning coastline within easy reach, with beautiful bays, beaches and nature reserves to discover, from the famous 'film set' pebble beaches of Mazzaro and Isola Bella in Taormina to the unspoilt north west Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve and the long white sandy beach with translucent azure sea at San Vito Lo Capo.

Being the largest island in the Mediterranean, the Sicilian coastline varies enormously from north to south and east to west with many 'Secret Beaches'.  However our resident Sicilian 'Aurora' would recommend visiting Spiaggia Pineta del Gelsomineto (image above) on the sea at the mouth of Cavagrande Nature Reserve near the town of Avola on the most undeveloped stretch of coast on the east side of the island.  This beach is tucked away and hard to find but very scenic with the canyon/estuary leading up through the nature reserve also with picturesque rocky beaches at Fonti del Cassibile (image on right).  The sandy beach of Gelsomineta has trees for shade and clear sea ideal for swimming and snorkelling around the rocks.

To visit these beautiful beaches, we would suggest staying at Borgo Alveria Country Resort, an ideal base to explore the south east of Sicily and is 13km from Cavagrande Nature Reserve and 25km from Avola.  This boutique hotel has been recreated on the site of an ancient monastery 700m away from the Porta Aurea in the old town of Noto, yet 10km away from today's city in the south eastern countryside of Sicily. Using the ancient stones and historic walls they have created 12 guest rooms and authentic Sicilian restaurant set in natural gardens with a pool surrounded by 19 hectares of countryside. 
Prices with Just Sicily 01202 489040  from £402pp for 7 nights b&b (excluding flights and car hire nearest airport Catania.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Introducing Verdura Resort

Just Sicily are delighted to introduce Verdura Resort to our 2016 Holiday Collection. This exclusive Rocco Forte Hotel is uniquely situated on 2km of private Mediterranean coastline in southern Sicily.

Set in 230 hectares of grounds with first class purpose built facilities including elegant guest rooms and suites all with sea views, 4 restaurants, 5 bars, 60m infinity pool, 3 golf courses, 6 tennis courts, world-class spa and much more.  We would thoroughly recommend this resort for both couples and families looking for superb accommodation with an array of activities, along with superb dining options.

The is a wide choice of stylish guest rooms and 50 suites arranged on the ground and first floor (no lift), all enjoying sea views and designed in a contemporary Sicilian style, with use of rich earthy colours and natural materials and there are 4 restaurants serving delicious Mediterranean dishes using locally grown produce, some from the resort's own vegetable garden.

Verdura Resort has a wealth of facilities and activities including a spectacular 60m outdoor swimming pool, private beach with watersports club offering windsurfing, sailing, SUP, kitesurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and flyboarding (lessons and hire). There are also 6 clay tennis courts (floodlit) and Tennis Academy (group and private lessons), full size football pitch, running and cycling trails and fitness classes.  Children aged 5-16 years are able to take part in the Juventus Soccer School. Alternatively cooking classes are available and wine tasting tours arranged by the hotel.

There are 2 championship 18-hole golf courses and 9-hole par-3 course designed by Kyle Phillips, double-ended driving range, putting green, English Golf Pro and Junior Academy lessons, shop and buggy hire (green fees depend on season).

Ideal for families, there is a complimentary children’s club 'Verdùland' for 4-12yrs open in holidays and half terms. There are English speaking staff and a heated outdoor pool, play area and activity programme, including, educational, creative, cooking and sporting activities.  There is also a nursery with cots, baby equipment and crèche for 0-3yrs and during the summer holidays there is also a Teen Club for 13-16yrs with pool table, Nintendo and sports activities (both extra cost).

The spectacular 4000 m² complimentary Verdura Spa has 4 thalassotherapy pools, 20m indoor lap pool, 11 treatment rooms (including a double suite), double height hammam, separate men’s and women’s saunas, infrared sauna, gym and yoga studio, personal training services and daily complimentary fitness classes, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and Vita Bar.

Prices start from £622 per person per week with Just Sicily 01202 489040 and for further information and to book online visit