Low cost Sicily between Nebrodi, Etna and Montalbano Elicona

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Pau Monfort
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A low cost stay to discover Sicily, staying and based in Nebrosi, with excursions to Taormina, Etna and Montalbano Elicona. Read the post and book Sicily.

Bella la Sicily, especially in summer, when it becomes one of the most popular destinations in Italy. To attract so many tourists are not only its splendid and numerous beaches (including islands and archipelagos) but also the possibility of visiting a land that can offer a lot of culture, history, nature and good food. In short, there are all the ingredients that a good tourist looks for to spend a top holiday, but the question is always the same: “How much does all this cost me”?



In fact, following some simple tricks, you can be able to easily have a wonderful holiday, without being forced to settle or make sacrifices, and without spending large amounts. The most famous places are obviously the most expensive, so if your intent is to save money, do not take a hotel in the center of Taormina or on the Cefalù seafront, but choose the neighboring areas, much cheaper, quieter, and a few kilometers from everything. that we want to see. The area that I strongly recommend is the coastal strip of Nebrodi, one of the most important mountain ranges in Sicily, directly overlooking the Mediterranean and running from Tusa (Blue flag since 2015) in Tindari.



Here you are spoiled for choice between hotels, b & bs and holiday homes that can be found at very advantageous prices, even directly on the beach.

The area itself is splendid, whether you love the mountains, hiking and ancient medieval villages, or whether you love the sea. The beaches are characterized by pebbles and grainy sand, the sea embraces all shades of green and blue and in front you can admire the Aeolian Islands that on days of clear skies seem really close. Among the best places I point out Tusa, Capo D'Orlando, Brolo, Patti e Marinella di Tindari.

The things to do here are endless and if your intent is not to stay all day sunbathing and especially if you have a car available you can easily move. They are in fact easily accessible Taormina, as beautiful as it is expensive, the Alcantara Gorges, the Aeolian Islands thanks to the numerous ferries and hydrofoils that depart at any time, the sanctuary and the archaeological area of ​​Tindari, theEtna, Montalbano Elicona elected most beautiful village in Italy in 2015, and also Cefalù. In short, there is no time to get bored, not even in the evening, thanks to the numerous festivals, concerts and events that are organized in every town in the area, many of which are free.

As mentioned before, Sicily is also good food and in this area it is practically impossible not to eat well. On the seafront there are numerous restaurants offering dishes based on freshly caught fish at prices very affordable for everyone. But if you want something truly typical then move a little further inland to find many family-run restaurants offering garden products, cheeses and meats from their own production.



A Sinagra, right at the entrance to the Nebrodi park, is theOsteria il Tabacchino, a place with rather spartan furnishings and simple dishes, but with authentic, genuine flavors. Here I ate the best baked lamb with potatoes, so good that even today when I think about it my mouth is watering.


Ad Ucria there is the Keria restaurant, a very nice and nice place, very kind and welcoming staff and much more refined and refined food. Here, too, goodness is assured. Excellent meat, mixed starters with cheeses and many fresh vegetables, and desserts.

Finally a Ficarra there is the Il Boschetto restaurant, a very panoramic and quiet location (beautiful outdoor dining in the summer in the evening), with its fantastic mixed starters, pasta with porcini mushrooms and delicious meats. I recommend the grilled free-range chicken: I know it may sound trivial but believe me, you will feel like you've never eaten chicken!

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