Active holidays in Sicily: the top 4 for adventure lovers

Want more on holiday than to simply relax? Get active on your holiday and be surrounded by all the gorgeous and unique landscapes. For those keen on this, Sicily is a wonderful destination. The island has a wide choice of local accommodation, including Sicily villa rentals like the ones displayed on With this kind of accommodation, visitors can get a sense of what it is really like to live in Sicily and also have a private home base to set out on their adventures from. The food is delicious, the locals are friendly, and there is, of course, plenty to do.

So for all the adventure lovers out there who want to visit Sicily, here are a few activities to do during an active holiday on the island.

Hiking on Mount Etna

Mount Etna is one of Sicily’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is actually the largest active volcano in Europe. It alone is a major draw to Sicily for many visitors every year. So, bring your active shoes (and a pair of long trekking pants as it can get quite cold) and plan to spend some time exploring Mount Etna. It is an activity unique to the island of Sicily. Plus, the further up you get, the more you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views and feel like you’ve reached the top of the island, if not the top of the world. Tip: If you go for a day hike or even just for a couple hours, be sure pack some snacks or perhaps a proper picnic so you can rest while you take in the stunning view.

Snorkelling in Zingaro Nature Reserve

With such gorgeous azure water, snorkelling in Sicily is a must. At the Zingaro Nature Reserve you first hike in, then you are rewarded with a proper snorkelling spot. While it is a well-loved spot, not everyone makes the effort to get out there. So if you’re lucky, you’ll encounter few people. As you snorkel and come back to the surface of the water, you’ll get to take in the sweeping bay and mountain views.

Body rafting in the Alcantara River

Running through the Alcantara Gorge is the Alcantara River, where you can go body rafting and get views that you can only get from being in the water. The narrow river flows between striking cliff faces and rock formations so as you wind your way down, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty.

Trekking in the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento

The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sicily and is an absolute must-see. You can trek through the archaeological site and appreciate the history, while also being outside exploring and adventuring.

These are just 4 of the many activities one may do while visiting Sicily. There is the beach, countryside, proper trails to hike, and so much more on the island. Why not combine a number of activities to create your ideal active holiday in a truly beautiful place.

What say you?