Terrasini is a charming Sicilian holiday resort, situated on the north coast of the island and characterised by higgledy-piggledy, white buildings, huddled together and looking out to sea. This popular town can trace its roots back to the early Medieval period, and the winding coastline is peppered with ancient grottoes that are thought to have been inhabited during the Paleolithic period.
The name Terrasini is thought to refer to the beautiful bays that encircle the shimmering waters of Sicily's north coast, waters that dazzle like multi-faceted gems – sapphire, emerald and all shades in-between. These waters have provided the town of Terrasini with a lucrative fishing industry – the town depends on fishing and tourism for its income – and a lively harbour where you can watch local fishermen bringing in the daily catch and whet your appetite for a fresh-off-the-boat seafood supper come evening.
If your idea of the perfect Sicilian experience includes sun, sea and plenty of delicious, local cuisine, enjoyed in picture perfect surroundings,Terrasini holidays re bound to deliver the goods.
Experience the natural beauty of this region of Sicily with a stay in one of our villas. Choosing self-catered holiday accommodation with Sicily4U means you can pick from a range of beautiful options, hand-selected by a team with an extensive knowledge of this fascinating island.
Our Terrasini villas are chosen for the unique features and facilities they offer. A larger group might prefer the charming Villa Canto del Mare which boasts four terraces offering fantastic views over the sparkling waters as well as an outdoor kitchen and BBQ for alfresco dining en masse.
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Alternatively, if you are undecided on where you would like to base your Sicilian escape, explore our location guide to find out more about what the different regions of Sicily have to offer.
The principle attractions of Terrasini revolve around wandering the pretty streets, admiring sights such as the impressive town cathedral, and exploring the magnificent coastline. Additionally, the bustling harbour is well worth a look as it offers further adventure with boat trips running to nearby sites of interest such as Erice, Segesta, Monreale and the capital of Palermo, to name but a few.
As is typical of many Sicilian towns, Terrasini boasts a magnificent duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria delle Grazie with its twin bell-towers presiding over a honey-coloured square.
The cathedral, originally constructed in 1663, is the top sight of Terrasini and houses some historical paintings and statues within its Romanesque interior.
For inquisitive minds, the Terrasini museum with its archaeological, natural and anthropological treasures makes for a fun afternoon – the collection of ornithological specimens is one of the highlights.
Terrasini villas are popular amongst visitors due to the close proximity of the glittering northern coastline and Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital and the cultural capital of Europe in 2018. The rugged bays and glorious beaches in and around the municipality of Terrasini offer a variety of different environments and activities to suit those that prioritise a holiday by the sea.
From the formidable rock wall of Cala Rossa, rising up from a sunlight-dappled underwater kingdom that enjoys great renown amongst the diving community, to the sweeping stretch of sand at Praiola, in front of the D'Aumale Palace, it is likely you will find the beach of your dreams whilst exploring this region of Sicily.
Self-catering villas in Terrasinimay offer the chance to buy and create your own meals but with the mouth-watering local produce on offer, it might be difficult to resist the odd night out on the town.
Fresh pasta dishes, cooked with all the fruits of the sea, can be found in abundance whilst tempting cheeses, olives and delicious Sicilian wines are all par for the course in Terrasini. Taking place during Easter, the Feast of the Schietti (feast of the bachelors) is a tradition that has been practised since the 19th century and affords the perfect opportunity to sample some of Terrasini's choicest culinary specialities.
From Terrasini, it is easy to access and explore more of Sicily's northern and western sites of interest. Journey south to relax in idyllic seaside fishing towns such as Trappeto and Balestrate or to discover the beautiful beaches of Castellammare del Golfo.
To the west lies the historical town of Erice, set high in the hills with its castles, panoramic views and crisp mountain air; whilst to the east you will find the capital town of Palermo with its bustling city streets and fast-paced lifestyle. Finally, the south presents the option to head into the heart of Sicily where you can experience the beauty of the Sicilian countryside, the fertile valleys around Monreale, dotted with almond, orange and olive groves.