Sicily is a beautiful island. The east side is a bit more touristy, but you are near the mainland. The north and west seem nice and we have yet to explore the south. We stayed northwest near the town of Castellmarre del Golfo and Scopello. If you want to stay on the west side, I recommend flying into Palermo or Trapani. Catania is sometimes cheaper, but it takes 3 – 4 hours to get across the island.
Things to do
Cefalu – Beautiful city. Very old. Very picturesque from the water. You can swim, eat, get an ice cream. Could be a nice place to stay.
Erice – City on a mountain. Takes almost 20 minutes to drive up. There is almost constantly a cloud, so it’s cold and foggy even if it’s 90F on the ground. Bring a jacket, but definitely check it out! A medeival city and lots of good places to eat.
Favignana – The largest island out of the Egadi islands. Take a ferry from Trapani. It only takes maybe 20 minutes to get to the island. You can find beautiful beaches there. I recommend renting a bike, moped or car for a few hours to get to the really nice beaches! Be sure to check returning ferry times. Sometimes they sell out of tickets if you haven’t already bought one.
Sicily is best at tuna, blood oranges, cantalopes and probably lots of other things.
Scopello – La Terrazza Scopello – I had the tomato and eggplant pasta here twice and it was excellent. We also had the cantalope and prosciutto. The cantalope melted in your mouth, it was so juicy. But the best thing about this place is the EXCELLENT view.
Castellammare del Golfo – Pizzeria Bellavista – The pizza was great but once again, this place wins out because of the amazing view!
Cefalu – Porta Terre – A cute restaurant with outdoor seating around a small fountain and a nice street with very old buildings. The staff was friendly (there’s also free wi-fi) and the food was great!
Where to Stay
We used AirBnB and found a wonderful house in a gated neighborhood with a 5 minute walk down to your own rocky beaches. It had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Plus, you could walk about 20 minutes uphill to the village of Scopello for ice cream or lunch. The house is shared wtih a family, but the entrances are separate so you never see them.
Picture of house plus both private beaches: