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Where To Stay And What To Do In Sicily With Kids


Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, offers a perfect blend of history, culture, food, events and natural beauty that is sure to captivate the entire family. From exploring ancient ruins to soaking up the sun on pristine beaches, Sicily provides a wealth of opportunities for memorable adventures with kids. If you’re planning a family vacation to this enchanting island, here are some fantastic places and activities to consider for your stay in Sicily.

Read also: 6 Most Touristy Places in Sicily and Where To Go Instead

Quick Sicily Travel Guide

Sicily Accommodation: San Domenico Palace and Grand Hotel Timeo for luxury accommodation in Taormina, and Casa Nostra Boutique Hotel or Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel for intimate vibes in Palermo. Dome or B&B Oriental Palace in Catania. Room Of Andrea Hotel or Gaura Apartments in Trapani. Le Tre Campane Ortigia or Palazzo Alfeo Aparthotel in Syracuse. Principe Di Salina Boutique Hotel or Il Gabbiano Relais in Stromboli on the Aeolian Islands.

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Where to stay in Sicily with a family?

Finding the perfect accommodation is crucial when planning a family vacation in Sicily. Whether you prefer a beachfront resort with child-friendly amenities or a cozy vacation rental in the heart of a historic town, Sicily has something to suit every family’s preferences. Let’s explore where to stay in Sicily with a baby and with older kids, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for the entire family.

1. Cefalù

Cefalù's coastline
Cefalù’s panoramic coastline

Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Cefalù is a charming town with a sandy beach and a historic center. It has plenty of accommodation options, including family-friendly hotels, resorts and apartments. The town’s relaxed atmosphere and pedestrian-friendly streets make it suitable for families with kids. Some amazing resorts and hotels for families in Cefalù are Blue Bay, Cefalù Sea Palace and Hotel Kalura.

2. San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo's beach
San Vito Lo Capo’s beach

San Vito Lo Capo is a fantastic destination for families seeking a beach getaway in Sicily. This charming coastal town boasts a beautiful sandy beach with crystal-clear waters, perfect for little ones to splash and play. The shallow shoreline provides a safe environment for children to swim and build sandcastles.

Moreover, San Vito Lo Capo offers a family-friendly atmosphere, with a range of amenities and services catering to the needs of parents and kids. The town itself is pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to navigate with strollers, and it offers a variety of restaurants serving child-friendly dishes. Some fantastic beachfront places where to stay in San Vito Lo Capo are Hotel Iride, Hotel Riva del Sole and B&B Le Biciclette.

3. Syracuse

Beach of Ortigia, Syracuse
The coastline of the historic centre of Syracuse – Ortigia

This historic city boasts fascinating archaeological sites, such as the Greek Theater and the Ear of Dionysius. There are family-friendly hotels and resorts in Syracuse, particularly near the Ortygia Island area, which is the historic centre of Syracuse. The nearby Fontane Bianche beach is a fantastic beach with clear water and white soft sand, which is also great for families. Some wonderful places near the sea where to stay with kids in Syracuse are B&B Giuggiulena, VOI Arenella Resort and Panorama Alfeo.

4. Palermo

Mondello beach in Palermo
Mondello is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Palermo. It’s perfect for kids with its fine white sand and crystal clear water.

As the capital of Sicily, Palermo offers a vibrant atmosphere and a wide range of attractions. Visit the Palermo’s monuments, bustling markets and the beautiful beaches, like Mondello beach, with crystal clear water. It also offers a wide array of activities and events to keep kids entertained and engaged. There are family-friendly hotels and apartments available all over in Palermo. Some fantastic places with pools where to stay with family in Palermo are Casa Nostra Boutique Hotel, Da Vinci Mini Resort and Villa Olimpia.

5. Taormina

Taormina's main square

This picturesque town is known for its stunning views, ancient ruins, and beautiful beaches. It offers a range of family-friendly hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals. The nearby Giardini Naxos long beach is also ideal for families. Some stunning beachfront places where to stay with kids in Taormina are B&B La Bergerie, Cottage on the beach and Residenza Degli Agrumi Mare.

Things to do in Sicily with family

Kid sitting on the beach in Mondello

Sicily offers a wide range of activities and attractions that are perfect for families with kids. What to do in Sicily with toddlers? Or what to do in Sicily with family if there are children of different ages? Here are some popular things to do in Sicily with kids:

1. Explore Mount Etna

Take a trip to Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna. Kids will love the adventure of hiking on the volcano and exploring its lunar-like landscapes. There are guided tours available that cater to families and provide educational insights about volcanoes.

2. Visit the Valley of the Temples

Located in Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring well-preserved Greek ruins. Kids can learn about ancient history while exploring the impressive temples, including the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Hercules.

3. Enjoy the beaches

Sicily is blessed with beautiful beaches. Spend a day building sandcastles, swimming, and enjoying water sports with your kids. Some popular family-friendly beaches include Mondello in Palermo, San Vito Lo Capo’s beach, Cefalù’s beach, Santa Maria del Focallo with its sand dunes near Ragusa and Siculiana Marina’s beach near Agrigento.

4. Discover ancient ruins

Sicily is rich in historical sites. Visit the Greek Theater in Taormina, the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, or the archaeological park of Selinunte. These sites offer a glimpse into the island’s ancient past and can be both educational and exciting for children.

5. Explore water parks and amusement parks

Sicily has several water parks and amusement parks that cater to families. Etnaland near Catania is a popular choice with water slides, pools, and theme park rides. Acquapark Conte in the center of Sicily is also great option for water park fun.

6. Take a boat trip

Sicily’s coastal areas offer fantastic opportunities for boat trips and cruises. Explore the stunning coastline, visit hidden coves, and perhaps even spot dolphins or other marine life. Boat tours often provide a unique perspective of the island and are enjoyable for the whole family. Book your one day boat tour to Favignana and Levanzo here.

7. Visit wildlife parks and zoos

Sicily doesn’t have many wildlife parks or zoos, but the ones we recommend you here are well-curated places where kids can observe and learn about different animal species. The Bioparco di Sicilia near Palermo has more than 60 different animal species, among chimpanzees, zebras, capybaras, llamas and many others.

Another amazing place is the Parco d’Orleans public park in Palermo, where you can see all types of birds, fellow deers and some smaller animals. The entrance is free, allowing you to enjoy a leisurely stroll and give even to your toddler full freedom to run around and play in the beautiful gardens of this park.

8. Taste the local cuisine

Sicily is renowned for its delicious food. Encourage your kids to try local specialties such as arancine (rice balls), cannoli, granita, and fresh seafood. Many restaurants offer family-friendly menus and settings, ensuring a memorable culinary experience for everyone.

Baby's feet on the beach

Remember to plan and pace your activities according to your children’s ages and interests. It’s also a good idea to check the opening hours, availability, and any age restrictions for specific attractions or activities before visiting.

Sicily is an amazing destination when traveling with kids due to its unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The island’s breathtaking coastline offers countless opportunities for family-friendly fun, from building sandcastles on sandy beaches to swimming in crystal-clear waters. Sicily’s warm and welcoming locals are also known for their hospitality, making it easy for families to feel at home while exploring this vibrant Mediterranean gem.

All the photos in this article were taken by Chiara Magi. Book your travel photoshoot in Palermo here or write us at [email protected].

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Chiara Magi
Chiara Magi
I'm a photographer and filmmaker, and most of all probably the biggest lover of Sicily! I am also the creator of Sicily Insider, sharing the best travel information, tips and advice.



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