Travelling with children can be a challenge at times. The classic mix of sun, sea and sand is a magical combination for holiday-makers of any age but it certainly isn’t the be-all and end-all for travelling with little ones in tow. Keeping children entertained whilst planning fun, quality time for all the family in a safe and stress-free environment might sound like the Holy Grail of family holidays but luckily, we have the perfect destination in mind.
The popular north-west region of Sicily offers a little something for everyone with its stunning natural landscapes, rich historical legacy and kilometres of sparkling coastline. Whether you are looking for golden beaches with safe swimming, cultural visits to exciting historical hot-spots, or activities that all the family can get involved in together such as biking, boating and picnicking in beautiful natural parks - this region of Sicily has it all.
As a base, consider the popular seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, perched on a peninsula that juts out into the glittering Tyrrhenian Sea. San Vito Lo Capo offers all the facilities you might expect from a beach resort including ice-cream parlours, child-friendly restaurants and a beautiful, sandy beach renowned for being on one of the most picturesque Sicily has to offer. Here’s what to do with the kids in and around this picture-perfect resort…
A day at the beach
Far and away the crown jewel of San Vito Lo Capo, the town beach is a wide, sweeping streak of soft, white sand fringed by translucent turquoise waters. Safe for small children to paddle at the shoreline, the crystal clear shallows are gentle and calm - look close and you might see the odd fish flicker here and there, sparkling in the sunlight.
Sample Sicilian ice-cream
Treat yourself and your family to San Vito Lo Capo’s sumptuous sweets with a visit to one of the town’s famous gelaterias. These establishments serve up creamy, high-quality Sicilian ice-cream in an assortment of flavours from pistachio to chocolate. Perfect for a post-dinner stroll whilst taking in the sights and sounds of the harbour.
Take a boat trip
Take a family boat trip out onto the shimmering high seas and feel the breeze in your hair as you explore the craggy coastline. Discover secret beaches kissed by blue-green waves, swim with the fishes and learn about various landmarks such as the old tuna fishery. If you’re lucky, you might even spot dolphins.
Celebrate at a local festival
Sicily takes its cuisine seriously and San Vito Lo Capo is no exception. Cous Cous Fest is one of the biggest festivals on the island, an explosion of music, dancing and glorious food, all held in the name of the town’s specialty dish - a dish that gives a nod to San Vito Lo Capo’s strong African Arabic heritage. Time your visit right and join in the festivities, combining culture, cuisine and lots of family-friendly fun. Alternatively, the International Kite Festival makes for a captivating spectacle for kids as the cornflower blue sky comes to life with kites of all shapes and sizes on display.
Explore ancient Segesta
Provide a little educational entertainment and hire a car to visit the magnificent temple of Segesta; its Doric columns and ancient stone walls stand sentinel over rolling, green countryside dotted with olive groves. Just a short distance away is the semicircular theatre of Monte Barbaro, with a sensational natural backdrop that beats any painted set-piece. During the summer, performances are often held here - check the programme for suitable shows for your family.
Hop on your bike
Explore San Vito Lo Capo’s postcard-perfect scenery on two wheels by hiring bicycles for yourself and your children. Ride along the seafront or explore the trails that extend out into the hills and enjoy the freedom of life on the road.
Picnic at Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve
Pack a picnic and make the short trip over to Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve, a protected park that stretches from San Vito Lo Capo down to the picturesque village of Scopello. With precipitous cliffs that drop into cerulean seas, deserted pebble beaches and long nature trails filled with bright flowers, exotic palms and the potential to come face-to-face with weasels, lizards, foxes and all manner of birdlife – an afternoon in Lo Zingaro is ideal for families looking to get back to nature.
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