Traveling to Sicily from Spain is economical thanks to the existing low cost offer with airlines such as Vueling and Ryanair. The island also contemplates lower prices than those found in the Italian continent and any time of the year is good for traveling to Sicily thanks to its good climate and its cultural offer. Sicily not only lives on the beach but on ancient traditions, an imposing baroque and excellent and varied cuisine.
Before flying to Sicily, you should plan the trip correctly Since the island is large and cities like Palermo or Catania are on both sides and the journey by car can last almost three hours. If you have a week, it is best to concentrate on a specific area of Sicily to get to know it and enjoy it well.
Lake Rosalia views
Then I will relate my particular trip through Sicily. On this occasion we set aside the Aeolian Islands and concentrated in the southeast area of the island. We arrived in Catania and visited cities with Baroque charm such as Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli. All of them, including Catania, are declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Likewise, we take the opportunity to go hiking through the known dig from the interior of Sicily and we relaxed by the sea on the coast of Marina di Ragusa that the inspector Montalbano made famous through the series of novels written by Andrea Camilleri.
Arrival to Catania
After landing at the Catania Fontanarossa airport, my first destination in Sicily was Ragusa Ibla. A good friend had spoken to me well about the area and I preferred to concentrate my week of vacation around Ragusa and its surroundings -Modica, Scicli, etc.- full of beautiful landscapes, baroque, history and a traditional lifestyle worth contemplating. He didn't have a car so it was best to concentrate on an area and taste it slowly. Besides, I had a sofa waiting for me in Ragusa, so I didn't want to waste the opportunity to mix between Sicilians and get to know the region well with them.
Upon arriving in Catania, I was not sure whether to stay in the city or follow the path to sleep in Ragusa. In the same airport I observed that the bus that leaves from Catania to Ragusa has a stop at the same airport and leaves almost every hour. So I left the visit to Catania for the end of the trip and got on the first bus that passed.
Sicilian roads are narrow. They remember Ireland with moss and grass growing on both sides of the shoulder as if trying to hide the anomaly of the asphalt in the virginity of the landscape. The journey took approximately two hours and I got off in the new Ragusa a few kilometers north of the old town called Ibla.
A street similar to those of San Francisco starts a steep descent from the upper part of Ragusa that leaves you in the historic center in half an hour. We were in November, it was colder than in Barcelona and the darkness began to permeate the baroque stage with mysterious lights.
I soon found the address of my friend's friend where I would stay for a few days. We introduce ourselves and, as if we were friends of a lifetime, we went out to celebrate the arrival in Ragusa with some good beers.
To all those who wish to find accommodation in Ragusa, I warn you that I did not find a single hostel in the area. You will find hotels and Bed & Breakfast (a very common style of accommodation in Sicily and Sardinia) where you can sleep at least for 40 euros per person.
Visit to Ragusa Ibla
Aerial view of Ragusa Ibla