The beautiful bay of Mondello is the material paradise postcards are made of. A fashionable borough, located just outside the capital city of Palermo, this small town is built around a creamy white half-moon of sand, stretching between two majestic cliffs named Mount Gallo and Mount Pellegrino. The tropical colours of the dazzling seafront, teamed with the town's famous Art Nouveau villas, elevated this humble fishing village to become a favourite haunt of the nobility of the 19th century. Today, Mondello is a popular, chic resort town, enticing visitors from all over the world.
Mondello holidays provide sun, sea and sand in abundance as well as a delightful seafront promenade, filled with bars, shops and restaurants where you can experience the best of Sicilian cuisine. Luxurious private villas, resplendent with ornate architecture, have turned Mondello into a key location for international modernism. Much of the architecture bears the stamp of famous architect, Ernesto Basile, and represent some of the top examples of Art Nouveau in Europe.
The convenient location of Mondello, just a short distance from one of the busiest airports on the island, means it is easily accessible – no long drives or difficult transfers. Additionally, Mondello enjoys a close proximity to some of Sicily's key sights, including the ancient temples of Segesta and the stunning cathedral of Monreale.
Choosing Mondello as a base for your Sicilian holiday offers direct access to one of the most beautiful bays in Sicily. With plenty of tourist conveniences such as quirky shops, trendy bars and authentic places to eat, Mondello makes an excellent holiday destination for all ages. The beach offers safe, supervised swimming and a wide variety of water-sports, guaranteed to keep active visitors happy, whilst the sugar-spun sands provide an excellent place to see, be seen and soak up Sicilian beach life.
Our Mondello villas have been hand-selected by our team here at Sicily4U for their individual features and range of facilities. Villa Yasmina is a luxurious holiday home, beautifully decorated in an exotic Moorish style. Dine alfresco in the stylish, outdoor area or have some fun with the private pool and water-slide. Located right in the heart of Mondello, the beach and attractions of the town are only a short walk away.
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Booking a Mondello villa allows you to immerse yourself in an idyllic, vibrant Sicilian seaside resort whilst enjoying all the comforts of home.
Mondello has an air of exclusivity, thanks in part to several yacht clubs grouped around the picturesque marina. With its abundance of elegant restaurants and bars as well as its tropical bay, it's no wonder this stylish town has become one of the shining jewels in Sicily's crown.
The emphasis on the elegant seaside resort of Mondello is, without a doubt, on the beautiful beach-front, one of the most coveted bays in Sicily. Silky, white sands are lapped by vivid, aquamarine waters that look more Caribbean than Mediterranean. Water-sports and beach games are popular in this area and the lively beach-front hosts the annual Windsurf World Festival with a vibrant atmosphere that's hard to beat.
The bay is suitable for all ages, from families with young children to those seeking excellent swimming opportunities. You can enjoy the hubbub of Sicilian life with large groups of Italians socialising in the sun and pedlars calling their wares, selling jewellery, drinks and snacks on the sand. The row of picturesque, lockable beach cabins provide a welcome convenience for keeping your valuables safe.
Foodies will rejoice and the wide range of cafes and restaurants in Mondello – from traditional trattorias and pizzerias to elegant establishments where you can enjoy a spot of sophisticated dining. However, the streets of Mondello are also lined with tantalising street food options, from open kitchens to roadside vendors.
Pick up a delicious aranicini, a fried rice ball cooked with melting mozzarella and coated in breadcrumbs, or choose crispy panella, chickpea flour fritters, often consumed between two slices of bread.
If you are looking to satisfy a sweet tooth then the local granite is a must try. This flavoured iced dessert is a speciality of the region, with the mulberry flavour being a particular favourite.
Alternatively, with a self-catered Mondello apartment or villa, you can bring home fresh fish and local produce from the markets and put on your own Sicilian feast.
For a break from the breath-taking vistas of the bay, take a stroll around Mondello and marvel at the Liberty style villas that pepper the shoreline. The grand buildings conjure an image of a time of luxury, when the aristocracy flocked to experience this charming seaside town. A restaurant now inhabits the town's old bathhouse, a whimsical architectural creation decorated with mythical creatures.
A stay in Mondello offers excellent access to much of Sicily's northern and western regions. Just a half hour drive from Palermo, you can explore the colourful capital city, or journey further west to sunny Cefalu and Scopello to indulge in more sun. sea and sandy bays. Step back in time with a day trip to Selinunte or Segesta, two of the most popular archaeological parks in Sicily – both of these destinations are roughly an hour's drive from Mondello.
Mondello villas also offer access to the countryside interior of Sicily, brimming with vineyards, wineries and quaint, traditional villages.
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