Siciliy & Sardinia

Sicily and Sardinia

Perfect for a luxury break on the Mediterranean

These lengthy coastlines provide fantastic opportunities to relax

 

The two largest and most appealing islands in the Mediterranean have an incredible amount going for them. With Azure, your only difficult decision is which one to choose.

Sicily

South of mainland Italy, Sicily comprises a fabulous mix of scenic splendour and historical glory. Book one of our luxury holidays in Sicily to discover this enchanting island for yourself.

Sicily’s regional capital, Palermo, boasts a rich and fascinating heritage. Stroll through one of its lively street markets and try some of the delicious local food on offer. Visit the magnificent Palermo Cathedral with its medieval Royal Tombs and gaze out at the astounding vista from its roof. Marvel at the ornate architecture of the Palazzo dei Normanni, formerly the royal palace, with the 12th-Century Byzantine mosaics contained in its Palatine Chapel. Don’t miss the nearby Cattedrale di Monreale, with its impressive Norman architecture and intricate mosaics, or the fabulous Teatro Massimo - the second largest opera house in Europe.

Oozing culture, this island harbours a huge selection of stunning architecture and ancient sites that are guaranteed to take your breath away. In Agrigento, you’ll find the Valley of the Temples, encompassing the ruined city of Akragas and the amazingly preserved Temple of Concordia. In Syracuse, visit the pearly Teatro Greco in the Neapolis archaeological park and the wondrous Piazza del Duomo. Meanwhile, in the west you’ll find the ruins of Segesta, including the Doric temple and Greek theatre.

Mount Etna in the Catania province is the highest and most active volcano in Europe. Hike on its craters or take a cable car into the dizzying heights.

With 1,500km of coastline, Sicily has no shortage of beautiful beaches. These include the golden sands of Cefalu and white rock formations of Scala dei Turchi. Bird enthusiasts will love Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, close to the peaceful Marinella Bay, with over 40 species of bird life and a vast range of Mediterranean flora.

Sardinia

With its mountainous interior ringed by stunning beaches and turquoise ocean, it’s easy to see why discerning travellers opt for luxury holidays in Sardinia.

Like Sicily, Sardinia has a unique charm and is home to many historical sites. Visit Nuraxi su Barumini, one of numerous beehive-like structures called Nuraghi, found only on this island. Explore the Roman ruins of Tharros or Nora, the old mining village of Ingurtosu and the Santissima Trinità di Saccargia, with its fine Pisan architecture and 13th-Century frescoes. In the vibrant regional capital of Cagliari, climb the hill at Bastione San Remy for a wonderful view across the Gulf of Cagliari.

All equally stunning, the island’s beaches vary greatly from the glamorous Costa Smeralda in the northeast to the spectacular Le Pelosa in the west and Scoglio di Peppino in the southeast. Along the coast you can spot monk seals, turtles and even fin whales in the sparkling waters.

Hike the mountains and forests where diverse wildlife includes flamingos, golden eagles and unique species of deer and fox. Visit the remote villages in the Gennargentu Mountains and learn more about the island in the Museum of Sardinian Traditions in Nuoro.

Whichever island you choose, we’ll ensure your Mediterranean holiday is perfect in every way. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our tailor-made packages.


where to stay

 
  1. Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

    Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

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    Set high in the hills in six acres of manicured gardens, overlooking the bay of Taormina, is the glamorous Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo. With its impressive facilities, exquisite furnishings and impeccable service, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible holiday experience.

  2. Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

    Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

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    This exquisite hotel was originally built as a private Sicilian villa in the early 19th century and retains its authentic charm to this day. Located beside the glorious Mazzaro Bay and set in rolling parkland, the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina, Sicily, offers exceptional service, luxury facilities and a tranquil retreat from which to base your unforgettable holiday.

  3. Forte Village Resort

    Forte Village Resort

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    An extraordinary resort which spans over 100 acres of beautiful gardens, Forte Village Resort, Sardinia, constitutes its own private estate with numerous luxury hotels and suites to choose from. For outstanding natural wonders, exceptional sporting facilities and a range of excellent dining options, look no further than this fabulous resort.
  4. Hotel Mea

    Hotel Mea

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    Hotel Mea, Lipari, Sicily, is located close to the historical centre of Lipari - the largest of the Aeolian Islands.

  5. Hotel Romazzino

    Hotel Romazzino

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    In the heart of the popular Costa Smeralda area in northern Sardinia, you’ll find Hotel Romazzino styled as a charming, traditional village.

  6. Relais Villa del Golfo

    Relais Villa del Golfo

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    Relais Villa del Golfo, Sardinia, enjoys breathtaking views across the turquoise ocean from its fabulous hillside location. Situated just outside the town of Cannigione on the northeast coast of the island, you couldn’t wish for a more idyllic place to spend your holiday.

  7. Therasia Resort Sea and Spa

    Therasia Resort Sea and Spa

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    Constructed of cedar wood and lava stones, Therasia Resort Sea and Spa, Vulcano, Sicily, blends seamlessly into its spectacular natural surroundings.

  8. Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel

    Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel

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    Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Sicily, is located on a private, two-kilometre coastline and has been designed to blend seamlessly with the Sicilian landscape.

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