The cultural, historical and natural characteristics of Sicily constantly attract throngs of travelers every season that it seems like every nook and cranny of this beautiful island has been visited by tourists. Yet, there are still some areas that are not as touristy as the major cities yet, they offer unique and unusual experiences to all who visit. If you haven’t been to the island yet, check out Wishsicily website as your perfect and useful Sicily tourism guide for your next holiday in the island.
For those who enjoy going back to Sicily and are wanting to avoid hideous crowds and experience unique adventures, check out the following brilliant ideas of places to visit.
Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve
If you’re the kind of person who loves to be close to nature and wouldn’t mind hiking and climbing, then this place is perfect for you. Located between the villages of Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo, this area is one of the most beautiful in Sicily. The beaches offer a more private respite from the crowded ones in summer. Here you can see a huge variety of flora and fauna. You can camp in the area but be mindful of your carbon footprint to help protect the 7km coastal beauty. If not, you can book into one of the facilities that bear the Eco-label mark. Check at their official website riservazingaro for more details.
The haunting beauty of this medieval town built atop of the mountain and looking across the Mediterranean is something you will not forget. It used to be an important sacred site and you would be lucky to capture a clear photo on a cloudless day as it seems to be perpetually lost in swirls of cloud and mist. The Castle of Venus that now sits on the site of the ancient temple will allow you to have a remarkable view of the sea and the surrounding area from its ramparts.
Nestling at the bottom of a gorge, you will find the town is full of magnificent buildings, houses and churches – all proof of the Sicilian culture of interracial influences, all seemingly built on top of each other. Here you will experience its unique chocolate, known for the recipe dating back to the 1500s as once made by the Aztecs and brought by the Spaniards. If you have a passion for chocolate, you might be interested to watch the chocolate-making process.
It is actually comprised of two parts, the upper town and Ibla. If you are short on time, concentrate on the Ibla part of Ragusa. Here you will experience an authentic Sicilian town that also boasts of architecture in the Baroque style which you will discover as you make your way along the labyrinthine streets. Besides, the beaches are some of the cleanest and least congested in the entire island of Sicily.
Located high on a mountaintop, this is exactly the center of the island of Sicily, earning it the nickname, Belvedere. The Lombard Castle is an imposing structure built on an even earlier structure. It used to have 20 towers of which only 6 have survived today. It is a typical old Sicilian town, rich in history and boasts panoramic views and historical monuments. It is literally untouched by time and the effects of tourism.