Mondello Lido#6 in Best Things To Do in Sicily
Frommer's calls this beach one of Sicily's best. But unfortunately, unless you're staying in one of the hotels that backs it, you're going to have to pay for your spot of sand in the sun. The fee is upward of about €8 EUR. While enjoying the sun and sand, be sure to ask one of the wandering vendors for a ciambelle, a delectable donut drenched in sugar, which are usually sold for only a euro or so.
One Virtual Tourist user says, "Everyone watches the sunset from little cafes along the beach or right in the sand -- but try to catch a sunrise also." After soaking in the rays by day, you should don your best resort wear and prepare for some partying. This strip of shoreline transforms into one of Sicily's hottest places for nightlife, with bumping clubs and bars.
To get to Mondello Lido from Palermo, you can ride bus no. 101 or 102 and then take another bus (no. 806) to reach the beach (just past a forested area called La Favorita).
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#1 Mount Etna
This fuming mountain, located in the Sicilian province of Catania, is Europe's largest active volcano. The easiest way to get to this majestic natural attraction is to rent a car or join a tour group (Sicily Life and Legendary Sicily are popular companies). Once there, you can hike on some of the craters. But to really reach the heights, you'll need to take a cable car (offered by Funivia dell'Etna) from the Rifugio Sapienza building; this will cost you around €23 EUR or about $32.50 USD. Then, from the cable-car's drop-off you can either climb even higher up the mountain to a safe viewing point or hop in one of the tour trucks for an additional fee.
One pleased TripAdvisor user says, "The landscape is like nothing you have ever seen before, just breathtakingly deserted and lunar-like." The same user recommends being prepared for the altitude and temperature change on the volcano by wearing some kind of waterproof clothing, a warm jacket and some hiking boots, or at least footwear that's somewhat sturdy.
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