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Serenity in the Sicilian countryside

Head east out of Palermo through the forested mountains and picturesque rural villages and you’ll land in Pollina – a pocket-sized town that’s rumoured to reside on the site of an ancient Sicilian city. Quaint doesn’t even begin to cover the classic stone houses and higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets that wind their way up and around the hillside here. 

With the peaks of Madonie National Park as a backdrop, and the expansive blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea laid out along the horizon, this place oozes serenity – and as yet is somewhat of a well-kept secret. Sicilian sightseers head for the palaces of Palermo or the craters of Catania, and overlook this hidden gem in between – but not for long. 

If you’re looking for a healthy dose of sunshine, sea, and Sicilian hospitality, Pollina could be just the ticket. 

 

 

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Pollina has held on tight to its Sicilian roots, so the restaurants and pizzerias here deal in authentic eats – best enjoyed on a summer’s evening with a chilled glass of vino.
Pollina town is perched on a hillside a few hundred metres above sea level, but make your way down to Finale, another town in the wider municipality of Pollina, and you'll find a couple of pebbled beaches where you can dip your toes in the sea. For a sandier stretch of shore, meanwhile, nearby Cefalù has got you covered. 
If you love a good road trip, a car can be a real bonus here. There’re loads of windy mountain roads and cliffside routes – with some grade-A scenery – to be discovered. It’ll certainly help with getting between towns and villages, too, but there are bus and train links, so it’s definitely not a necessity. 

Fairly laid-back. You won’t find any thumping club nights around these parts, but depending on where you stay there’ll be bars and restaurants that keep the doors open after nightfall.

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