Car hire in Sicily
Hiring a car in Sicily
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily is the football at the end of the boot of the Italian mainland. Its location has caused it to become one of the most culturally diverse places in Europe.
Its multicultural history is reflected in its architecture, cuisine and even its ancient ruins, while the capital city Palermo has boasts colorful street life, bustling markets and even Byzantine mosaics.
Meanwhile, on Sicily's eastern edge is Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.
This provides a stunning backdrop for important archaeological and ancient sites, such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples, and Selinunte.
What you need to know
Given its size, getting around the island can prove a little daunting for many visitors, meaning that the freedom of having your own rental car can prove a tempting prospect, particularly given the fact that the four motorways on the island are well maintained and easy to use.
Providing rental car options from some of the best companies in over 4,000 locations around the world, Holiday Autos [/] takes the hassle out your transport needs. Simply fill out one form, pay one price and you're all good to pick up your keys.
Where to pick up your car
As it's one of the largest islands in this part of Europe, there are a number of possible locations for you to pick up your rental car, including four international airports - Catania CTA, Palermo PMO, Trapani TPS and Comiso [CIY].
Holiday Autos are on hand at all of these locations, so come find us inside the terminal, so you can pick up your keys and be on your way. Alternatively, there are a number of other pick-up locations throughout the island, giving you the flexibility to really get the most out of your visit.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Given its size and diverse heritage, there is understandably plenty to see throughout the island, and having the freedom that comes with having your own rental car means you are free to explore this jewel of the Mediterranean without having to worry about any transport issues.
Whether it's culture, stunning views, or diverse history you are looking for, Sicily really has it all.
If you fancy a taste of medieval Sicily, then you should take your hire car up to the village of Erice, which contains a number of churches and a castle, all in the clouds. Situated just outside Trapani, Erice often finds itself covered in clouds, which gives it an almost magical atmosphere that will delight visitors.
If you are travelling from the centre of Trapani, take either the SP31 or SP3 motorways as these will both take you directly to village. The journey should take no more than 45 minutes.
Alternatively, take your camera to the 'Stair of the Turks'; a huge white cliff face that has been shaped into steps and slopes down into bright blue sea between two beaches.
No visit to this iconic island would be completed without a visit to Mount Etna, which as the highest active volcano in Europe is truly a sight to behold, providing some stunning views of the rest of the island in the process.
There are various routes to Etna, making it accessible from the north, east and south. Check your local tourist office to find out the best route.
Then again, if you'd rather be experience the beautiful landscape as opposed to admiring it, then load up your rental car and take the ferry over to Favignana Island, which has a coast that is great for diving and swimming.
Top attractions to see in Sicily
Being able to drive around in your own rental car means you can really experience everything this wonderful island has to offer.
Duomo di Monreale
This wonderful cathedral complex may not look like much from the outside, but it contains a stunning monastery and palace that dazzles visitors and locals alike. Every wall, column and ceiling in this historic monument is carved, engraved or plastered with beautiful colourful mosaics. This wonderful sight really is a must see.
Ortygia Old City
Although it's a small offshore island, this place is nevertheless accessible by road, meaning you can take your rental car over, park up and enjoy what it has to offer within its winding mazey streets. This is a great place to relax, unwind and watch the world go by.
A good beach is hard to beat, and this one is just about one of the most beautiful in Europe, if not the world. Bordered by picturesque rocky beds, this fine white sand beach snakes into crystal clear turquoise waters that will prove enticing to even the most reluctant visitor.