In addition to the great artistic and cultural legacy that the island possesses, Sicily is also becoming a favourite holiday spot for families with children who want to explore the many natural reserves and experience the various nature-friendly activities available for both children and adults. Sicily really has everything to offer for everybody: from fun water parks or adventure parks with designed trails and courses for different age groups- where you can try your skills at rope-ladder aerobatics, tree climbing, obstacle running and more- aided by the trained expertise of professional guides (these include the Madonie Adventure Park, Etnavventura, Eco Campus Casaboli), relaxing sandy beaches with crystal blue waters, to right down simple beach fun with kites and water sports including canoeing, surfing, diving and snorkelling. For some real family fun, Etnaland is the most famous theme-based prehistoric amusement park in Sicily with various playgrounds, roller coasters and water-rides. Acqua-Park, Euro-Park Roccella, Aretusa Park, Parcallario are other popular locations where families- including locals- frequently gather with their kids. If you are planning your next holidays in Sicily, you could rent a charming accommodation for your holidays with children through top-rated sites like Wishsicily.com that provide wide collection of locations all over the island, including the Egadi and the Aeolians.
One of the most famous beaches in the Northwestern coast where tourists flock for sunbathing and water- sports is San Vito lo Capo near Castellammare del Golfo, which also holds annual kite-flying competitions as does the nearby island of Favignana where artistic home-made creations are also displayed on the beach during the festival. Take your kids on a boat ride around Taormina’s Isola Bella and visit the astounding and curious formations inside the caves and grottoes around the bay with their spectacular display of colour and diversity. Sunbathing, snorkeling and diving are other popular activities here.
If you want to complement fun and traditional folklore, then head to the Opera dei Pupi, a famous puppet theatre with locations in Syracuse, Palermo, Catania and Acireale where expert puppeteers make marionettes come to life onstage with their multi-generational family expertise. Educationally, these performances provide a history lesson and present a journey across the folklore of Sicily and its ancient heritage.
And for some more serious adventurous fun, a guided trekking tour of Mt. Etna is always an exciting experience for kids because it may be a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see up close and personal a real live volcano, and walk around the fuming craters on the summit. Add to that the breath-taking cable ride to the top from the Rifugio della Sapienza, and it will be something to tell their friends about and definitely an unforgettable memory that they will carry forever. If your kids fancy volcanoes, then a trip to the 7 volcanic Aeolian islands is worth the experience. Vulcano is famous for its black volcanic beach, its majestic lava fireworks displays, and for its ancient therapeutic Greco-Roman mud-baths that will be the joy of children as well as any mother interested in the cosmetic and beauty-enhancement methods used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.