The journey continued on our final destination: Sicily
As always we underestimated the richness of this island, the sheer amount of things to see and the time you need for seemingly small distances (probably got used to much to racing along on German Autobahn…)
So we decided to skip most of the cultural and ruins stuff 😉 .
Well, to our defense I have to add kids needed rest (if nothing else available, blame it on the kids 😉 ) and it was getting rather hot – see below on our sirocco adventure.
However we put focus on relaxation, less populated areas, nice surroundings, little cozy towns to stroll around and good beaching for the kids and then did excursions from these bases.
Two stops were a full success, the other one was quite a bore:
Very recommended. Great landscape and coastline within a national park and much greener countryside than you would expect from Sicily in the late summer.
The town is cozy and beautifully located and the beach next to it was simply great – cristal clear water and white Caribbean sand.
We visited the mountain village of Pollina(800m above sea level) and met some crazy cyclists there that went all the way up for sunset.
Also we did a roundtrip through inner Sicily, Enna, and Taormina. Taormina is the touristic hotspot on Sicily, but much overrated in my view. Total Disneyworld, very expensive, only tourist shops and no more “original” life there and packed with people even now in the off-season.
Enna is another crazy on-top-of-a-mountain-town, great views on the central desert-like surroundings.
(2) Mazara del Vallo
Had to cross a part of Palermo on our way south. Traffic holds up to what you’d expect: A nightmare!! Then we did a stopover in Monreale.
Mazara itself was the down turner of the whole trip. Quite an uninspiring spot of the island, strange climate, very windy and very humid and dusty. Ah, and a million dogs trained on heavy barking in the night. Well, one very nice and lonely beach not far from there in Selinunte, and one real highlight that you seldom see in southern Italy: A McDonald’s! However, had a burger there and it was really bad. Always thought these guys have a standard recipe. Anyway, left there after 3 nights where 6 were planed.
(3) San Vito lo Capo
Simply a great place! A real surprise at the end of the Sicily round trip.
Set within another national park with stunning surroundings, we stayed at a great campsite below a cliff (good climber destination).
The town itself is not spectacular, but it has one of the best beaches in Italy, you really feel Caribbean flair there.
Also there was an international Couscous-Festival going on, which added quite some vibrant atmosphere.
An adventure was the onset of sirocco, a desert wind coming from Africa. This was something I never experienced before. The wind blew 2 days, hot and dry.
I drank 4 liters one day and didn’t go to toilet once 😉 .
And measured 34 degrees Celsius (94 Fahrenheit) at 7:30 in the morning – crazy. Now I start to understand why people in the south always will stay a bit more laid back than us (over-?)productive Germans or other temperated countries.
Pics of San Vito Lo Capo next time, battery is down…