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Accor hotels are well known throughout the world and are popular with everyone from budget and business travellers to luxury holidaymakers. The company owns thousands of hotels worldwide, meaning that wherever you decide to holiday you’re sure to find an Accor brand that you know and trust. For luxury Accor brands hunt out Sofitel and Mercure, known for their opulence and excellent customer service, and if you’re looking for brands synonymous with great value for money and family-friendly atmosphere look for an ibis or Novotel.
The southeastern province of Syracuse in Sicily is home to one of the more luxury Accor properties under the Mercure brand. In the heart of Syracuse, Mercure places you just minutes from Syracuse’s main sights. After relaxing in the outdoor pool, head out for a wander around the city. Explore the Archaeological Park of Neapolis then cross the bridge into the old town on the island of Ortygia. Take your time to visit the island’s Greek Temple of Apollo and the famous Syracuse Cathedral, which dates back to pre-history. If you have children with you, you might all enjoy a visit to the city’s old marionette puppet theatre and the puppet museum, where they can lean more about this old Sicilian tradition.
Sicily’s province of Syracuse is one of the most picturesque on the island and besides archeological sites, historic cities and museums, one of its greatest draws is its stunning natural landscapes. Syracuse beaches are among some of the best on the island. Head to Calamosche beach if you’re looking for a natural sweeping bays with crystal clear waters, and if you want more facilities and shallow waters for the kids to play in make your way to San Lorenzo beach. Some of the prettiest beaches can be found just south of Syracuse or near the villages of Brucoli and Avola. The interior of Syracuse shouldn’t be missed either, dotted with nature reserves and rolling hills full of orange and olive groves before heading back to your Accor hotel in Syracusa.