Baroque city of the Val di Noto, recognized as a UNESCO heritage site, Catania is a splendid city of art, testimony of different cultures and traditions. A few steps away the Hotel, you find the seaside villages of Acitrezza and Acicastello, where the idyllic landscapes and the riches of the seabed will fascinate you. Throughout the history, the art and the unspoiled nature of the small villages, you can experience all the authenticity and beauty of the island. Visiting the major cities on the east coast of Sicily you will enjoy unique atmospheres and places, such as the beautiful Syracuse, capital of ancient Magna Graecia, Taormina, a picturesque and evocative city, Ragusa Ibla, Caltagirone, Scicli and much more…
“-What do you miss about Sicily?” “-U scrusciu du mari” (“the sound of the Sea” quote of Andrea Camilleri).
Anyone visiting Catania and Sicily can have the experience of having lived as an islander, surrounded by the sea with its incredible landscapes. The black beach, the unique example of volcanic sand in Catania, is a small corner of the long cliff. But the most popular beach is the Playa in Catania, suitable for adults and young in search of relaxation and fun. Typical Caribbean beaches are those of the south-east coast, such as Fontane Bianche, Arenella, Eloro, Marina di Avola, San Lorenzo, Calamosche, Granelli, Isola delle Correnti, Playa Carratois. Northward, the rocky bays of Acicastello, S. Maria La Scala, San Marco, Giardini Naxos, Isola Bella, Letojanni, S. Alessio, S. Teresa di Riva. You will enjoy romantic and unforgettable sunsets from the Aeolian Islands which could be easily reached from the port of Milazzo.
What is striking in Sicily is the variety of colors, scents and sensations in which nature expresses itself, passing from the white beaches of the coast to hilly landscapes of the hinterland. Near Catania, some trails allow you to observe the typical Mediterranean fauna and flora, such as those of the Simeto Oasis and Timpa di Acireale. Southwards, it’s spectacular the hill into the wild environments of the Cavagrande del Cassibile Reserve or the visit of the archaeological-naturalistic site of Pantalica. The Plemmirio Marine Area and the Vendicari Oasis are rich in underwater and land route in silent environments. Green heart of eastern Sicily is made up of three parks, in which you can experience the landscape diversity and uniqueness of the place, the Etna Park, the Alcantara Park and the Nebrodi Park.
The dynamic and young Catania is very popular for its nightlife and satisfies all tastes in terms of entertainment. You can enjoy the mild climate of the city, strolling among the trendy shops, tasting the culinary specialties in typical restaurants of the old town centre and surrendering yourself to the vitality of its citizens. For sports lovers, a seaside cycle path is available in the Ognina area and the Catania University Sports center, close by the Hotel, organizes numerous indoor and outdoor activities.
But the fun continues on board of the jeep 4×4 for spectacular ascents of Etna Volcano, or immersed in the waters of the Ionian Sea exploring the underwater world and practicing all water sports. You will also be able to enjoy a unique view of the coast in a paraglider, experience sailing or visit water parks and adventure parks suitable for children and adults who want a holiday of pure fun! For lovers of wine and local products, Catania is rich in wide selection of excellent wineries and in delicious tastings, the proof of the food and wine variety of the island.