- Taormina All inclusive holidays
Perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is a popular spot for summer visitors. It is upmarket, glamorous and vibrant, and has an historic undertone that attracts history and culture lovers too. Head down to the coast for fun family activities, where you will find great beaches and plenty of attractions to keep everyone happy.
It can get busy in the peak months of July and August, but for the rest of the year it is largely uncrowded.
Take a 20 minute hike up to the top of Monte Tauro (378 metres high), and soak in the fabulous view of the bay and surrounding countryside. Perhaps one of the most frequented destinations has to be Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna. It dominates the skyline above the city of Catania, and is the highest peak in Italy, south of the Alps.
Other interesting spots to visit during your holidays in Taormina include the salt flats of Trapani, complete with ancient windmills, the Temple of Concord in Agrigento, and the popular seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, with its sandy, family-friendly beach and traditional architecture. Closer to Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, which is a small island off the coast. It is an important spot for local wildlife, but is also popular with sunbathers, who love its uncrowded, sandy beach.
Taormina all inclusive holidays aren’t complete until you have visited its premier attraction: the glorious horseshoe amphitheatre of Teatro Greco. Constructed in the third century BC, it is the second largest Greek theatre in Sicily, and was likely built during Roman times. It is still used regularly for stage plays, and in the summer it forms a memorable backdrop for international film festivals and art events.
With its checkerboard paving stones and delightful architecture, Corso Umberto I is the main street through the town. The Palazzo Corvaia dates back to the tenth century, and a stroll down to the Piazza IX Aprile rewards you with some spectacular views. Head on through to the Torre dell’Orologio, which is a beautifully preserved clock tower, and finish your wander in the Piazza del Duomo. Here you’ll find an extravagant baroque fountain dating back to 1635, along with some excellent coffee shops.
If you want the best possible view of Mount Etna, head to the pretty little village of Castelmola. It is overlooked by a ruined castle, so the kids will love scrambling over the ramparts and exploring.
Nature lovers will make a beeline for Isola Bella, a delightful little nature reserve set in a stunning natural cove. You can reach the reserve on foot via a narrow sandbar, so expect to get your feet wet! The reserve was home to an Englishwoman called Florence Trevelyan, who was a passionate gardener and recognised just how important and unique the flora and fauna of the island was. The reserve is particularly beautiful in the spring.
All inclusive holidays to Taormina are quintessentially charming, laid back and completely relaxing. Here you will be treated to live music nights, and impromptu dancing. There are clubs and bars in the main town, but they are generally relaxed affairs that are favoured amongst adults looking for a quiet drink.
High culture is very popular, and if you have an ancient Greek amphitheatre right on your doorstep, then why not make the most of it? All through the summer you will find concerts, plays and performances at Teatro Greco, with everything from opera, to Greek tragedy plays, to comedy performances. Early in the year the carnival comes to town, complete with firework displays, street theatre, music, and dancing. It is a great way to start the year, and kicks off the season with a bang.
Why choose an all-inclusive holiday to Taormina
All inclusive holidays to Taormina are an ideal opportunity to discover the very best in Sicilian cuisine. A speciality of Sicily is swordfish, although due to the decline in numbers, this is now becoming a rarity on menus. However, mackerel and other oily fish are very popular, usually lightly grilled over an open fire and seasoned simply with basil, salt and pepper. The island does have a few specialities, one of which is Granita: this refreshing dessert is similar to sorbet, and comes in a variety of flavours. A popular mid-morning cooler in the summer is almond Granita served with a brioche bun and espresso coffee.
If the kids are pizza-lovers, you will be spoilt for choice in Taormina. Most restaurants serve their own version of the classic Margherita pizza, which are usually made from recipes handed down through the generations. Wash everything down with genuine Limoncello, a lemon liqueur, or with a cold beer. Prices can be a little expensive in the centre of town, and you may save a bit of money if you seek out smaller family-run bistros down the quieter side streets. Like cheap all-inclusive holidays to Taormina? Check out our other amazing deals for Taormina holidays!