Renting a car in Sicily is quite easy since all the airports are well-connected with all major Capitals of Europe thanks to many airline companies among which are worth mentioning EasyJet and Ryanair. Whether you land to Palermo or Catania you will always find a rental car office at the arrivals lounge. However, we suggest booking your car in advance since Sicily is becoming quite rapidly a popular destination among tourists.
You can reserve your car with many advantages: first of all you don’t have to queue at the airport to find the car that you need and moreover if you book in advance your car rental, chances are that you save a lot of money for your next car hire.
Generally speaking, you can book your car hire in Sicily with no cancellation or amendment fees and you can benefit from a worldwide free phone support. Included in the price of rental you will find the airport surcharge, local taxes and road licensing fees. Always remember that in order to rent your car in Sicily you have to own a valid credit card and that cash and debit cards are not accepted.
If you plan to hire a car from any of the airports located in Sicily (like Palermo, Catania and Comiso) and driving it around the Sicilian city downtowns, remind that driving in unknown areas (like any city centre may be) might be a real challenge when you are on holiday in Sicily because of the unfamiliar road infrastructures and the traffic systems. A good GPS is always a viable solution to address this issue.
Sicily simply has so many “must see” locations, that it’s impossible to visit them all in one trip. Have no fear though, because this article will talk about the three most popular tourist attractions in Sicily that can be easily reached with a rented car.
One of the city that you have to visit with your car is Taormina. This famous little town is literally built on the top of a hilltop. Besides being famous for the Taormina movie festival which is held here every summer, this town is also known for it’s winding steps, and narrow cobblestone streets. A cable car runs from this hilltop town to the beaches down below it.
After visiting Taormina by car, you may want to stop by the Aeolian Islands. The Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie) are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sicily. This group of islands are extremely popular in the summer, drawing around two hundred thousand tourists to their beaches every year. While you’re enjoying this island, make sure to stop your car by the island’s famous Fargo baths.
You may want to visit also the Etna with your car. Well recognized as the tallest volcano in Europe, this mount is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sicily. Famous for it’s crater and stunning views, this volcano is also positioned nearby the city of Catania.
Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list of all you should see in Sicily with a rented car, but this should give you a good start in what to do in this remarkable island while you’re there. Start designing your holiday around these three locations today!
Please note though, the tourist attractions on this list are just that – tourist attractions. If you don’t mind the crowds, you’ll be in good shape. However, if you’re looking to stay away from the crowds and off the beaten path, these may not be the best places to stay.
Sicily by car