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- The beaches of Catania
- A hike to the summit of Mount Etna
- A stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town
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Catania, with its 18 km long sandy beach and the impressive Etna volcano at its back, is particularly popular with holidaymakers. Whether a luxurious apartment complex, your own holiday apartment or even a vacation rental in the country - for example at Primasole Beach - Catania offers numerous possibilities for a unique holiday. Whether you choose the wonderful hustle and bustle of the centre or the quiet foothills of Catania, the perfect vacation rental is always waiting for your visit!
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Location and orientation
Catania lies on the east coast of Sicily and stretches along the water for over 20 kilometres. The city is located at the foot of Etna Volcano, the most active and largest volcano in Europe. The distance to the capital of the island of Palermo is about 220 kilometres. Catania has its own airport, which can be directly reached from Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn or Stuttgart.
Every year from the 3rd to the 5th of February, the festival in honour of Saint Agatha takes place, during which over 200,000 visitors flock to the city.
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Sunbathing, surfing, paddle boating, diving, jet skiing, banana boating and more - Catania's beaches offer you the full programme! The golden sand of "La Playa" stretches over 18 kilometres and offers all kinds of music, fun and entertainment even after sunset. And when can you ever claim to have bathed in the "shadow of a volcano"? If you want to strap on your snorkel, a trip to Aci Trezza and the Riviera di Ciclopi is worthwhile. Here impressive black rocks of volcanic origin rise out of the water and serve as an ideal backdrop for a dazzling underwater world.2. A hike to the summit of Mount Etna
You feel like a thrill? Etna is well developed for tourism, there are two tourism centres. Near Catania is the Etna-Sud station with chair lifts, souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. After you have climbed to an altitude of around 2,400 metres by chairlift, you can take the cross-country bus a little higher to the Torre del Filosofo. And from here it's another 500 metres up to the summit of Mount Etna - but you must be accompanied by a mountain guide before you can walk this route. Whether in the early morning or in the late afternoon, the tour to the summit is an impressive experience that will not be forgotten in a hurry.3. A stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town
Catania's been through a lot. In 1669 a volcanic eruption destroyed large parts of the city and what was left was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1693. But the inhabitants of Catania were not deterred by this and rebuilt their city in the Roman Baroque style. In 2002, the old town of Catania, together with eight other towns in the Val di Noto, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking from the apartment through the old town you can go shopping on Via Etnea, visit the city's landmark, the elephant fountain, countless palazzi and of course the imposing Castello Ursino.