The 8 best places to visit in Sicily [+ where to stay]

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The Mediterranean island of Sicily is a treasure trove for beach bums, adventure nuts and foodies alike. Greek temples in the South, Baroque beauties in the East, sparkling beaches in the North, and pink salt flats to the West, there are so many beautiful places to visit in Sicily. Among all the best things to do in Sicily, these 8 places represent the very best this Italian island has to offer.

But before we start our list of  Sicily must-see places, let’s talk about traveling to Sicily. When planning your trip to Sicily, keep in mind that transportation is as important as accommodation. 

You will find some practical tips on getting around Sicily below. The things to do and the hotel suggestions are listed together with the best places in Sicily to visit. This way, you can plan your trip wisely and make the most of your time in this incredible region of Italy.

Palermo is just one of the best places to visit in Sicily!

Getting around Sicily attractions

Sadly the public transportation network in Southern Italy is spotty or simply nonexistent. Therefore the easiest and most time-efficient way to get around the island is by renting a car.

Check out Rentalcars and Auto Europe websites, they offer a wide range of car rentals, from budget to luxury vehicles. You can compare prices and choose the car and the insurance coverage that suits your Sicily holiday.

Driving in Sicily is not for the faint-hearted: stopping at red lights is optional, the right of way is always taken, and motorbikes whizz by at all hours of the day. 

It doesn’t matter your itinerary of where to go in Sicily, be assertive. Always look thrice and never take your eye off the Vespa drivers and you should be good as gold.

Practicalities for renting a car in Sicily

  • Drivers outside of the EU will be required to carry an International Driving License with them at all times. 
  • Ensure the rental car comes with Collision Damage Waiver Insurance (mandatory by Italian law)
  • Bring the car back with a full tank

Talking about insurance, not only your car needs coverage. Having comprehensive travel insurance is always a good idea, especially if you are up to some adventurous activities in Sicily or if you are traveling from abroad. 

Have a look at World Nomads, Safety Wing, and HeyMondo, these are trustworthy worldwide travel insurances. Choose the one that fits your pocket and your style of traveling. For long-term travel, read Love and Road Insurance Guide here.

Ruins of the Greek Roman Theater with Mount Etna erupting, Taormina, Sicily, Italy.
Beaches, history, natural wonders, and delicious food! Are you ready to discover the best places to visit in Sicily?

8 Best places to visit in Sicily

 To maximize your time on the island, your choice of which area to stay in Sicily is important. Eastern Sicily is best explored from Catania, while Western Sicily is perfect for exploring using Palermo as a basis. 

Sicily might look small on a map, but do not let size deceive you, driving from one end to the other end of the island can quickly turn into a 3-hour drive.

So here they are, Sicily’s best places to visit.

1. The largest city on the island – Catania

Catania is the largest city on the island and the entry point for many travelers into Sicily. Flying into Catania, you will catch amazing views over Mount Etna, located on the city’s doorstep.

Panoramic aerial view of Piazza Duomo in Catania with the Cathedral of Santa Agatha and Liotru, a symbol of Catania, Sicily.
Catania deserves a couple of days so that you can explore the city and its surroundings.

With a buzzing historical center, thriving street food scene, and a plethora of palazzi to visit, there is more than enough to do in Catania. Stroll down Via Etnea, lined with Baroque palaces and ending in the most impressive views over Mount Etna. Traverse the Piazza del Duomo and pop into the beautiful Duomo. The entrance fee of €7 includes entry to the cathedral, the museum, as well as the Thermal Baths.

Savor some of the city’s best street food at the local markets: A’ Piscaria Mercato del Pesce or Fera ‘O Luni (Mercato di Piazza Carlo Alberto). Try the queen of all street food, Arancino. A rice ball filled with ragu (meat) or butter (vegetarian-friendly) and fried to perfection. When walking around the markets, keep your belongings close as pickpocketing is known to occur. 

Winer lovers can also visit the wineries around Catania. Here is a 5-star private tour that goes to 3 wineries in the region, perfect for a day trip from Catania.  

If a guided tour to Mount Etna and/or Taormina is on your bucket list, Catania is a great place to start from. Plenty of tours offer pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Catania at very affordable prices. All the details about visiting Mount Etna and Taormina are listed below, so you can plan your trip to Catania first and then see these other two incredible places.

Where to stay in Catania, Sicily:

Now that you know what to do in Catania and how to make the most of your visit to Mount Etna, let’s talk about the best places to stay in Sicily. You can stay in Catania for a few days to explore the region, as there are plenty of accommodation options in the city.

Check out our top picks for accommodation in Catania:

(click on the name of the hotel for photos and room rates)

2. The Greek amphitheater of Taormina

The village of Taormina is wonderfully quaint and offers spectacular views of Mount Etna. A wander around the little streets of the old town is enough to warrant a visit. Add to that the second largest Greek Amphitheater in Sicily (the first being in Syracuse) and it skyrockets to the number one spot on places to see in Sicily.

Photo of a Greek amphitheater in Taormina, one of the must visit places in Sicily, Italy.
Taormina has it all: history, beaches and Mt Etna views.

The Greek Theater dates back to the 3rd century BC and was initially built to host theater spectacles. During Roman times, it was transformed into an Arena where games and gladiator fights were held.

These days the theater has returned to its roots and is once again a Theater. During select months of the year, Greek tragedies are performed on this very stage.

Taormina is a very popular place to go in Sicily. As the town is small, it tends to get crowded in the summer months. The best way to circumvent the hordes of tourists is to come early in the morning. Visit the amphitheater right when it opens at 09.00 before heading into town to explore.

Here are a few tours you can join to get a more in-depth understanding of this Sicily top attractions and experience a unique side of Taormina: 

(click on the name of the experience for more info)

Where to stay in Taormina, Sicily:

Spending the night in Taormina can be a good idea if you want to catch the sunrise and be the first one in the amphitheater, or maybe join an early morning boat trip to the Blue Grotto and Isola Bella.

Here are a few options of hotels in Taormina for you.

(click on the name of the hotel for photos and room rates)

3. The capital Palermo

No trip to Sicily is complete without a visit to its beautiful capital. The Historical Center of Palermo has undergone a massive transformation in the last 10 years. Palazzi have been restored to their former glory and tourism infrastructure has been added (hello English signs!). On top of that, the Government has cracked down severely on petty crime, making a stroll through the center a pleasant and safe activity.

Areal photo of Palermo showing its churches and old town.
There are so many things to do and see in Palermo and its surroundings that you could stay a week there.

There are plenty of things to do in Palermo. Ideally, you spend at least two full days taking in everything the city has to offer. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Norman Palace at the entrance of the Historical Center is the perfect place to kick off your first day. Nestled in the inner folds, the Palatine Chapel in all its glory awaits.

From the Norman Palace, head to the Cathedral of Palermo, the outside is spectacular, but the interior is rather stark. The entrance is free, but a visit to the rooftop (highly recommended) requires a €5 ticket.

If you are a lover of churches, make sure to add the Baroque beauty Chiesa Santa Catarina to your list. Try homemade sweets from the nuns of the cloister and climb the stairs to the roof of the church for the best views over the Historical Center of Palermo.

Palermo is home to the very best street food the country has to offer. A spleen sandwich is the perfect hangover cure after a night on the town. Grab yours is the Vucceria market or off-the-street vendors in Corso Vittorio Emmanuele.

Here is our recommendation for unique activities in Palermo: 

(click on the name of the experience for more info)

Palermo is your getaway to Sicily’s West Coast. The key to planning an incredible itinerary in Sicily is to think about your travel goals. You can plan a road trip between the small villages and medieval towns, staying in a different place every night.

Or you can stay in Palermo for longer and plan daily trips to Sicily’s famous beaches and attractions like Castellammare Del Golfo, San Vito Lo Capo and its ancient sites, and also to Zingaro Nature Reserve that offers stunning views and beaches, a paradise for swimming. 

Where to stay in Palermo, Sicily:

You probably will stay in Palermo for a couple of days, so choosing good accommodation is key.

Check out these hotel suggestions for a good night of sleep in Palermo. 

(click on the name of the hotel for photos and room rates)

4. The prettiest village on the island: Ortigia

The island of Ortigia is located right off Syracuse. It is connected to the city by a set of two bridges that traverse the Mediterranean Sea. The island itself is tiny, the full loop around is a mere 3.5 kilometers. Yet despite the seemingly small size, there is plenty to do on Ortigia island to keep you busy for at least a full day.

Photo of an alley in Ortigia, a baroque town that is one of Sicily top attractions.
Ortigia is stunning; you must visit it when traveling in Sicily!

Together with Noto and Ragusa, Ortigia is known as one of the “Baroque Beauties” or “Baroque Towns”. Walking around the center, it will quickly become clear why.  The sheer amount of amazing baroque architecture packed on the facades and balconies of the buildings is unlike anything you are likely to encounter anywhere else.

The highlight of Ortigia is the Cathedral of Syracuse (despite the name, it is very much located in Ortigia on Piazza Duomo). This ancient Greek Doric temple was “converted” into a church around the 7th century AD. On the same square, the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia stands to the right of the Cathedral and is equally worth popping into.

During the summer months, Ortigia has plenty of pop-up Lidos (beach bars and restaurants) dotted around the shores of the island. Combine a visit to the little town with a relaxing afternoon by the sea.

Check out these activities and plan the perfect visit to Ortigia combining history, architecture, sea and food:

Where to stay in Syracuse and Ortigia:

Along with Ortigia, Syracuse is also a must-visit place in Sicily. You can stay in both cities and get around them easily. When it comes to choosing the best place to stay, Syracuse will have more options than Ortigia. But if you want to wake up in a fairytale-like city, Ortigia is the perfect place for it. Click on the name of the hotel for photos and room rates.

Here is our pick for hotels in Syracuse:

 And here is a unique place to stay in Ortigia: 

5. The Arab-Norman Cathedral & Cefalu Beach

The sleepy fisherman village of Cefalu is one of the most popular places to visit in Sicily both for locals and tourists alike. The Historical Center is a wonderful maze of little streets dotted with little stores and eateries. Allow yourself the luxury of a languorous stroll (Google Maps is very spotty in these little streets, so you might as well save yourself the frustration and not turn it on!).

Beautiful view of Cefalu beach, Palermo, Sicily.
A trip to Sicily is not complete with sunny days by the beach!

When the weather gets too hot, the heat-averse traveler has three options. Option one is a visit to the UNESCO-classified Arab-Norman Cathedral of Cefalu and marvel at the byzantine mosaics. Make sure to climb the towers for the best views over Cefalu and, if you are lucky, to find a refreshing breeze. Tickets for the Cathedral will set you back €5 and an additional €5 if you would like to visit the treasury and cloisters. You can visit it by yourself or join a guided walking tour to learn more about this incredible Sicily landmark. 

Option two is to simply strip down and make a beeline for the beach. Cefalu is located right on the sea and has a long stretch of sandy beach perfect for swimming breaks. The beach does tend to be a very popular option for many travelers and thus, you will most likely be sharing your little swath of sand with quite a few other people.

Option three is to join a cooking class at a local’s home. Or if you have time, you can do the three activities and enjoy the best of Sicily: history, food and nature. 

Where to stay in Cefalu, Sicily

When it comes to staying in Cefalu, you can choose between hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and private apartments.

Here are our suggestions for accommodation in Cefalu, click on the name of the hotel for photos and room rates.

6. The Cathedral and Cloisters in Monreale

Monreale is located just outside of Palermo, in fact, the village of Monreale has not only a UNESCO-classified Arab-Norman Cathedral it also offers the very best views over the bay of Palermo. While the Cathedral is, in theory, free to enter, purchasing a €6 ticket will grant you access to the rooftop terraces, the Ruano chapel and the cloister.

Photo of a Byzantine mosaic at The Cathedral and Cloisters in Monreale, Sicily. This is one of the best places to visit in Sicily.
Sicily Byzantine mosaics that will dazzle you.

While the Cathedral might look stark from the outside, upon entering, the first thing you will notice is the ornately decorated interior. A whopping 3500 square meters of golden Byzantine mosaics cover the ceiling and the naïve depicting various biblical scenes.

Aside from the Cathedral, do not skip the Benedictine Cloister located just around the corner. The inner courtyard has the most intricate column, each decorated slightly differently and narrating scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

Here is an interesting guided tour in Monreale that will help you navigate through the Cathedral and all the details of the place.  

Where to stay in Monreale

Monreale is a very small little village and is, therefore, best combined with either half a day at the beach (the closest beach being Mondello) or Cefalu. As for accommodations in town, there aren’t many, so check out our suggestion of places to stay in Palermo. It’s the biggest city close to Monreale and will offer better options for hotels. 

From Palermo, you can drive to Monreale or join a half-day tour from Palermo to Monreale and Cefalu

7. The active volcano Mount Etna

One of the best places to visit in Sicily for the active traveler is, without a doubt, Mount Etna. At 3.357 meters, it is the highest volcano in Europe. The good news is, despite the fact the volcano is still active (the last eruption dates back to 2021), it is perfectly safe to visit the volcano.

Photo of a field with Mount Etna in the back. Mt Etna is among the best places to visit in Sicily.
Mount Etna is the highest volcano in Europe and it’s active.

It is possible to visit Mt. Etna solo until 2900 meters. The trek between 2900 meters and the summit at 3500 can only be done with an organized tour (legally, for safety reasons, this part of the volcano cannot be visited without a knowledgeable guide).

Park your car at Rifugio Sapienza (1935 meters above sea level), and from there, pay €35 euro (one way) for a cable car ride to take you up to the summit station (2500 meters). Upon reaching the summit station, a 40-minute hike will take you up to the last viewing point at 2900 meters.

Most organized tours will start from the visitors center in Rifugio Sapienza. Certain tours include the ticket price for the cable car and offer visitors the option to rent windbreakers and other gear. Be sure to ask in advance what is included in the price for the tour.

Below are some of the best-rated Mount Etna guided tours offered on the GetYourGuide website. You can book them online and in advance so you save time when you are in Sicily.

8. The very best Greek temples outside of Greece in the Valley of Temples

The archeological site known as the Valley of Temples covers an impressive 1300 hectares, filled with Almond trees, 8 very well-preserved ancient Greek temples, and a variety of different ruins. The Valley of Temples in Southern Sicily is one of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sicily, truly the most unique place in Sicily. Some say the Greek Temple of Heracles (Hercules) is the best preserved Greek Temple in the world (yep, you read that right!).

Photo of an ancient site in the Valley of Temples, one of the famous attractions in Sicily.
The incredible Valley of Temples covers an impressive 1300 hectares.

Getting around the park is done on foot (bring good walking shoes) or by taking the little shuttle that runs between the various temples. The shuttle functions as a hop-on/hop-off bus and costs €8. 

Download the park’s app to get both a map and plenty of interesting historical facts about the various temples and the park itself.

Tickets cost €10/person and can be bought at the entrance. If you come by car, park your car in the allotted parking opposite the entrance and make sure to bring coins to pay for the parking before you leave (no cards accepted).

You can also buy the Valley of Temples skip-the-line ticket in advance. That will allow you to go straight into the park without the need to queue for the ticket, which can be a time saver during peak hours. Another option is to buy the skip-the-line ticket plus guided tour. 

Agrigento is the closest city to Sicily’s Valley of Temples, and from there, you can reach the park by public transportation, taxi or driving. But you can also visit the Valley of Temples as a day trip from other towns in Sicily and even from Palermo if you don’t mind spending hours on the road. 

Where to stay in Agrigento

Agrigento is the best place to stay near the Valley of Temples, here are our recommendations.

Wrapping up our Sicily must-see places guide

One could spend a lifetime exploring Sicily and still come up short of time. Think of the Aegadian Islands near Trapani city that you can visit, the sports activities and boat trips you can do, and all the beautiful beaches you can visit.

Architecture lovers and history buffs would be lost among the ancient cities, archaeological sites, and charming seaside towns. As you can imagine, Sicily is one of those destinations where you finish your holiday already thinking of your return trip. 

The extraordinary amount of natural and historic beauty to be found in Sicily is unparalleled anywhere else in Europe. Combine that with excellent traditional Sicilian cuisine (Pasta à la Norma all day every day) and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and it will become abundantly clear why Sicily is Italy’s & the rest of Europe’s favorite vacationing spot.

Are you planning to travel to Sicily soon? Which of these cities and attractions are in your Sicily itinerary? 

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The 8 best places to visit in Sicily [+ where to stay]

Author: Caroline Muller

Caroline is a full-time travel writer & photographer. She is based out of Brussels but spends many months in Sicily each year, keeping warm and discovering the island’s foodie delights. 

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8 Leapfrog Sex Positions – Leap Frog Sex Positions

The leapfrog sexual intercourse place, a variation on doggy design and style, obtained its name because it appears to be like the placement a person assumes when actively playing a activity of leapfrog (of course, the a person you performed as a child), in accordance to whoever named it. (Sorry you are dropped to history, oh, Sexual intercourse Placement Namer of Yore!) The most effective cause to presume this placement, moreover the likely of busting out a activity of leapfrog if need be, is that it provides you both pleasant new angles of penetration, it’s additional secure than doggy, and it’s simple to tweak it to your heart’s wish.

It is really not tricky to do and you may even by now be carrying out it. (Not like, this specific second…more like in your lifetime in normal.) “The leapfrog situation is truly a great deal of people’s preferred sex placement over doggy. In point, lots of will not even know that it has a distinct identify!” states sexual intercourse author Rachel Worthington, educator and sexual intercourse toy reviewer at How do you know if you are presently doing it, you check with? Are you on all fours, like in doggy, but with your head resting on your arms and/or a pillow? Which is it—look at you go!

Leapfrog seriously demands no enhancement, but if you want to make it additional added very good, try out some of these ideas

Get your clit involved.

Including clit stimulation is quite a lot a must in any placement, and thankfully, this position helps make it simple. You or—ahem!—your spouse can rub your clit or vulva with a lubey hand or you can have a toy do the occupation. “It’s the excellent place for trying to keep your arms cost-free to maintain a clitoral vibrator and get that added oomph,” Worthington says.

Kink it up.
You can include mild bondage (see the submissive frog, below) or experiment with light spanking or sensation perform. “If you are the giver, your partner’s ass will be on comprehensive view, so choose edge of that—use your fingernails to flippantly graze the skin and alternate with tracing your fingertips and gentle spanks,” suggests dominatrix Ruby Payne, sexual intercourse qualified at grownup toy retailer UberKinky.

Transfer about to find the very best angle.
“Raise or lessen your hips to make distinctive angles of entry. Try a very little wriggle to see which feels greater and which can make your partner gasp more,” Payne states. You also can press your legs together for a tighter really feel and/or reach behind to stroke your partner’s balls or vulva, she suggests.

If you are completely ready to get down, froggy design and style, listed here are some positions.

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Cape Forchu Lighthouse & Leif Ericson Walk

There aren’t many mornings I wake up at 10 AM, roll over and think to myself, I have no agenda, no must do’s or phone calls, so I’ll just sleep for as long as I want. The backstory to my late morning wake up was a direct flight from Calgary to Halifax, followed by a two hour wait for a shuttle and finally a three hour shuttle to Yarmouth in western Nova Scotia. I was in town for a travel media conference, but since nothing was happening until evening, I had a delicious day where I could do whatever I wanted. I Googled best things to do in Yarmouth – because that’s what we all end up doing, and a visit to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse was the top thing to do. I figured I could taxi out, and walk the 11 kilometres back to Yarmouth, and get some much-needed exercise.

When I emerged in the hotel lobby, I bumped into two colleagues who were literally on their way to the lighthouse, and even better – one of them had a rental car. So. in I hopped, before I’d had my first cup of coffee for the day. However, we had all figured out that there was a café at the Cape Forchu Lighthouse – and lobster rolls were on their menu. That was reason enough to go and I was certain I’d find my cup of joe there.

The drive out to the lighthouse is scenic, especially in summer when colourful lupins are everywhere – and their beauty screams to you to stop the car, jump out, and take a picture. Throw in a picturesque beach and you could easily spend a solid half day on this one Yarmouth activity.

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The Cape Forchu Lighthouse

The drive to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse

It’s all of a 17-minute drive to get to the lighthouse from downtown Yarmouth. The Cape Forchu Scenic Drive is a pretty one, especially the closer you get to the lighthouse. One of the unusual sights on the drive was a massive retaining wall. I can only imagine the sight of smashing waves against the wall in a winter storm. You also pass the Fish Point Monument, a working fishing wharf, and a view to the Bunker Island Lighthouse.

After we passed Lobster Pound Road, I started salivating at the thought of my upcoming lobster roll. In fact, we all had lobster on our mind.

It's a pretty drive to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
It’s a pretty drive to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Johns Cove Beach might beckon you to visit on the way to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Johns Cove Beach might beckon you to visit on the way to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Be wowed by the masses of lupins
Be wowed by the masses of lupins
The Bunker Island Lighthouse at low tide - which can be seen from the drive out to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
The Bunker Island Lighthouse at low tide – which can be seen from the drive out to the Cape Forchu Lighthouse

Get a bite to eat at the Keeper’s Kitchen café

We made a beeline to the Keeper’s Kitchen cafe – to avoid the crowds, but the bottom line was that we were hungry. Walking up to the cafe, I couldn’t help but admire the view. If your timing is right, you can see The Cat ferry – a service that is finally back again after a two-year hiatus thanks to COVID. The 3.5-hour long ferry runs between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Inside the cafe are cute tables with views – but what the cafe didn’t have were lobster rolls. Apparently fellow travel media members who were on a pre-trip in the area had reserved all the lobster rolls – a crushing disappointment to the three of us. I made do with an open-faced smoked salmon sandwich and a strawberry scone that was closer to a strawberry shortcake. I’m sure there were a few more patrons that were disappointed that day.

Note that the cafe is open seasonally every day but Tuesday. On Monday it is only open 11 AM – 3 PM, but the rest of the time it is open from 11 AM – 5 PM. You can also enjoy local beer and wine in addition to seafood chowder, pizza and baked goods.

A deck with a view at the Keepers Kitchen Cafe
A deck with a view at the Keepers Kitchen cafe
Enjoying strawberry scones with a view
Enjoying strawberry scones with a view

The Cape Forchu Lighthouse

The Cape Forchu Lighthouse, called an apple core lighthouse because of its unique design, is the only one in Nova Scotia that can be climbed. The lighthouse is the second most photographed lighthouse in the province after the one in Peggy’s Cove. Its location on a rugged peninsula overlooking the Bay of Fundy, 37.5 metres above sea level, ensures stupendous views year-round. And you can visit year-round and at all hours of the day.

If you can climb 77 steps, then you can book a tour online to get to the lantern room at the top. But because of its small size, only six participants can visit at one time. My friend Sue from Travel Tales of Life did the climb with her husband and has this to say. “The ever spiralling 77 step climb to the lantern room of the lighthouse leads to panoramic views of Cape Forchu, Yarmouth Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean. All tours are accompanied by a guide who will assist anyone feeling claustrophobic in the narrow stairwell.”

***If you love dark skies, check out Sue’s Deep Sky Eye Observatory experience that included sleeping in bubble-shaped glamping tents, a short drive away from Yarmouth.***

The Cape Forchu Lighthouse is also the only lighthouse where the whole lightkeeper’s house is open to the public – though because it is an automated lighthouse, you won’t find any inhabitants. The lightkeeper’s house is a provincial heritage property, so if you wander around inside, you’ll be sure to see some museum artifacts.  

What a gorgeous location for the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
What a gorgeous location for the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
The view from the lantern room at the top of the Cape Forchu Lighthouse - Photo credit: Travel Tales of Life
The view from the lantern room at the top of the Cape Forchu Lighthouse – Photo credit: Travel Tales of Life
The view in the other direction through the glass in the lantern room
The view in the other direction through the glass in the lantern room – Phot credit: Travel Tales of Life

Wander the property

If you’re short on time, enjoy a quick wander around the property, enjoying views of the Cape Forchu Lighthouse, from different angles. Admire the flowers and check out the gift shop. If mobility is an issue, there is a free golf cart shuttle service.

It seems everywhere you look you see the lighthouse
It seems everywhere you look you see the lighthouse
The area is a beautiful place to hang out
Enjoy the view from a red chair

The Leif Ericson Trail hike

From the photo taken at the top of the lighthouse, you can see the Leif Erikson trail in its entirety. The trail is named for the son of Norse explorer Eric the Red, who may have visited these shores around 1000 AD. The discovery of the Yarmouth Runic Stone in 1812, begs the question – are the 13 characters engraved in the stone Norse runes, or is the stone from somewhere else?

The Leif Ericson trail is short and easy – but also very scenic and incredibly worthwhile. Make your way down to the trail from the parking lot – stopping to admire the 50-foot skeleton of Foggy the fin whale. Continue as the trail winds past an assortment of wildflowers, including some that were used as edibles (and still are) such as Scotch lovage/seaside parsley, sheep sorrel, caraway, beach pea, and rose hips from the salt spray rose.

Check out the view of the lighthouse from the pool of water. Consider coming back on a dark, starry night to get a gorgeous shot of the lighthouse framed by stars and the night skies. Check out the colourful mileage sign as you amble back to the parking lot, enjoying beautiful ocean views along the way.

Rules for walking the Leif Ericson trail - including staying off the rocks
Rules for walking the Leif Ericson trail – including staying off the rocks
Foggy the - 50 foot whale skeleton
Foggy the – 50 foot fin whale skeleton from above
Beautiful easy walking on the Leif Ericson trail
Beautiful easy walking on the Leif Ericson trail
Beautiful scenes everywhere you look
Beautiful scenes everywhere you look – this water is a good place to catch a reflection of the lighthouse when the light is right
So many wildflowers in June near the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
So many wildflowers in June near the Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Colouful mileage sign on the Leif Ericson walk
Colourful mileage sign on the Leif Ericson walk
Walking back to the lighhouse
Walking back to the lighthouse

Final thoughts

A visit to the lighthouse deserves to be number one of the things to do in Yarmouth. If you’re anywhere near the town, make the drive. Taxis will take you out there – and no I didn’t walk back. Instead I had a nap and saved a big walk for later in the week.

Where to stay in Yarmouth

I stayed at the Rodd Grand Yarmouth. It was a bit tired but reportedly will be fully renovated in the coming months. A great location.

The Best Western Mermaid is another decent choice.

Tru by by Hilton Yarmouth is rated fabulous. 

If you prefer a B&B experience check out the Lakelawn B&B.

Location map of the Cape Forchu Lighthouse


Further reading on things to do in Nova Scotia

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Cape Forchu Lighthouse - Leif Ericson walk in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia


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9 Great reasons to travel to Barcelona solo

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Barcelona is a city that is ideal for solo tourists. There are so several items to see and do in this vivid metropolis, and you can quickly investigate on your have. So listed here are some journey inspiration and 9 fantastic reasons why you should pack your luggage and solo travel Barcelona!

Learn Barcelona by yourself, and you will be surprised by this metropolis!

Solo Travel Barcelona – why you should really do it!

1 – Barcelona is a perfect metropolis for solo vacationers

1 of the motives to check out Barcelona is that it is the ideal city for solo vacationers. Regardless of whether you’re hunting to take a look at the winding streets of the Gothic neighborhood, sunbathe in the warm Spanish solar, or consider a seat at one of the city’s numerous fantastic eating places and cafes, there is some thing in this article for everyone.

The locals are some of the friendliest you will at any time fulfill and are usually content to assistance newcomers settle in. As with any preferred vacation spot, there are a couple tourist traps and crimes these kinds of as pick-pocketing, but in general, Barcelona is a safe and sound metropolis, particularly for woman vacationers.

And with loads of lodging selections and economical public transport, it’s simple to get around and see all that Barcelona has to offer you.

Speaking about lodging in Barcelona, right here is a list of Barcelona hostels for solo travelers and also some luxury lodging as properly – simply click on the names for the rooms charge:

So if you are itching for some journey and looking for someplace new to examine, set your sights on stunning Barcelona – you will not regret it!

Outside table of a bar in Barcelona with a burger and a glass of beer. It's a traditional tapas bar in Barcelona.
Barcelona is a budget-pleasant vacation spot, particularly for taking in and drinking.

2 – Barcelona is an cost-effective metropolis to stop by

If you’re looking for a desired destination for solo travel that features all the charm and excitement of a significant metropolis but is also affordable and budget-welcoming, look no further than Barcelona in the shoulder time.

Spring and Autumn are perfect for solo journey to Barcelona as you can prevent the significant crowds, get a flavor of the city’s everyday living and meet up with locals simply. And by averting the large year, you also conserve income. The heat weather conditions is also a in addition. 

The vibrant Spanish metropolis is packed with scrumptious foods, intriguing architecture, and exhilarating nightlife, all at realistic charges in comparison to other European capitals. Test out this posting about how a great deal it costs to vacation to Spain. It is a diary of two individuals touring all over Spain but will give you an concept of costs for each individual on sights, foods, lodging, and far more.  

Just one detail is for positive, whether you want to investigate the slim medieval streets of Barcelona or get pleasure from a working day at Barceloneta seashore, you can encounter it all devoid of breaking the lender.

Staying in hostels is a different excellent matter about touring solo to Barcelona, which will make it possible for you to conserve far more money and hook up with other fellow vacationers.

An additional way to save cash in Barcelona is by having at the city’s quite a few tapas bars. Tapas are modest plates of Spanish food items commonly served with drinks. They are the excellent way to sample a range of Barcelona’s culinary choices without owning to dedicate to a total meal. 

Also, Barcelona tapas bars are the fantastic place to meet up with people when enjoying a couple of eyeglasses of cava.

The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is just one of the many incredible museums you can visit in Barcelona, Spain.
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, an extraordinary position to go to in Barcelona.

3 – There are so quite a few matters to do on your own in Barcelona 

Barcelona is an enjoyable metropolis that has some thing for everyone. Whether you are intrigued in artwork, architecture, heritage, or just want to love the Mediterranean atmosphere. You’ll discover it all right here.

The metropolis is residence to some of Antoni Gaudí ‘s most famous buildings, like Sagrada Família,  Casa Batlló, and Park Guell, as properly as a lot of other Gothic and Modernista landmarks. And as you could know, some of them are UNESCO World Heritage web pages.

You can also investigate the Ciutat Vella, Barcelona’s old city fashioned by incredible neighborhoods like the Gothic, Raval, El Born, and Barceloneta. Wander by means of the slim streets, enjoy the solar at the lively plazas, and consider a stroll together the beach front.

Passeig De Gràcia, Passeig de Sant Joan, and Rambla De Catalunya are also excellent spots to take a look at alone to admire the remarkable architecture of Barcelona.

As much as touring solo to Barcelona sounds like an uncomplicated and carefree practical experience, hold in thoughts that you will need to have to organize and program a several points.

Barcelona sights are generally packed, so do not waste your important time queueing for tickets, system in advance and have enjoyment. I counsel you make a list of what you want to see in Barcelona, then book your tickets in progress. It is very important for areas like Sagrada Familia (get your ticket below!).

Other points of interest also supply skip-the-line tickets that you can purchase in advance, conserving you a lot of time, as even all through shoulder and minimal period, these locations have a tendency to be busy.

In this article are a handful of of Barcelona’s tops points of interest you can guide a skip-the-line ticket: 

(click on the identify to get your tickets)

For all those who Love museums, Barcelona has extraordinary kinds and globally renowned expositions. If which is your point, examine out this Barcelona Art Ticket Passport. It offers you access to 6 of Barcelona’s best museums, and of system, it is a skip-the-line entrance. You invest in the passport online then go to the ticket office at one of the museums you want to go to and trade it for the printed passport.

All of these you can do by you or with individuals you will meet at the hostels and bars. Touring solo to Barcelona is in no way unexciting. There will constantly be a thing happening past the famed vacationer points of interest. Right here are 5 recommendations for taking pleasure in Barcelona like a local.

Casa Batló is one of the famous attractions in Barcelona. Usually, there is a queue to get in, so booking your admission ticket in advance is a good idea.
Just one of quite a few Gaudí masterpieces you can take a look at in Barcelona.

4 – You can easily take a look at Barcelona on your own

With some preparing, you can see all the city features with no shelling out a fortune or throwing away time waiting around in line. As pointed out, commence by studying the ought to-see sights in Barcelona. Then, generate a rough itinerary that includes nicely-recognised attractions and concealed gems.

At the time you arrive in Barcelona city, acquire benefit of public transportation. The metro is the fastest and most straightforward way to get about the city without the need of having dropped. The shared bikes and scooter expert services are very good and very affordable choices as well. And as the town has bicycle lanes, cycling all around is straightforward and secure.

A different piece of assistance is to don comfortable sneakers and see Barcelona on foot. It is a single of the most effective techniques to explore the city. Some of the city’s iconic spots are a going for walks length of each individual other, like when in the Barri Gotic (the Gothic Quarter) you can stroll to Barcelona Cathedral, Passeig Del Born, and Plaza Catalunya. 

And lastly, really don’t forget to permit oneself some time to wander and examine the Barcelona location. There are lots of stunning shorelines and outstanding cities close by. Most of them are just a bus or educate ticket away, or you can check out them on a team tour. 

Here are a few incredible items you can do outside the house Barcelona, and for those people who enjoy an journey, look at out this biking trip in Catalunya.

A different area to include to your solo travel Barcelona itinerary is the Montserrat Monastery. You can take a look at in a single morning or afternoon with a guided tour (simply click below to ebook!).

A crowd of people at a music event in Barcelona, Spain. It is the perfect activity for people who want to travel solo in Barcelona.
Spanish are some of the friendliest people today in Europe, and they appreciate a superior celebration and festival.

5 – The locals are pleasant and welcoming

Barcelona is the location for you if you are seeking for a warm and welcoming put to pay a visit to. The locals listed here are exceptionally helpful and go out of their way to guarantee readers experience at household.

Irrespective of whether you are hunting for instructions or just a helpful chat, you will constantly be welcomed with open up arms in this beautiful metropolis. A solo traveler in Barcelona does not continue to be on your own for as well lengthy.

6 – Traveling solo is a wonderful way to satisfy new men and women

Barcelona is a excellent area to meet new people, particularly solo traveling. There are a lot of possibilities to strike up conversations with locals and other tourists, and you’ll rapidly make new friends.

Just one of the most effective techniques to meet up with persons is to sign up for a tour or activity. This way, you can take a look at the town with many others and get to know them at the exact same time. Below are a handful of strategies for team excursions in Barcelona for solo travelers:

Or, if you’re emotion influenced, you can join a cooking class, cocktail learn course, or a Spanish wine tasting. You will meet up with new persons, style delicious authentic meals and wine, and learn new expertise to impress your mates at home. 

7 – You can examine Barcelona at your individual rate

There is no stress to keep up with a team or follow a routine if you travel solo in Barcelona. You can do what you want when you want.

If you want to invest all working day exploring the city’s plenty of museums, you can. If you’d rather just wander the streets and soak up the environment, that is wonderful far too.

It is your family vacation, so make confident you do what can make you joyful.

A woman at a train station in Barcelona. She is traveling alone in Barcelona and taking a speed train to a new destination in Spain.
Your Barcelona solo trip will give you a new point of view of Spain, traveling, and yourself.

8 – You will come to be extra assured

When it comes to travel, couple ordeals examine to the experience of hitting the road on your own. And for all those trying to find more than just a enjoyable vacation, there is no far better place to investigate solo than gorgeous Barcelona.

This bustling metropolis provides plenty of enjoyment all-around each and every corner, no matter whether you crave stunning architecture, lively nightlife, or delectable delicacies. But greatest of all, touring solo in Barcelona will open up up a total new earth of option for you to satisfy intriguing people and interact in new activities.

With each new working day, you will have the opportunity to drive on your own out of your comfort zone and really embrace all this wonderful city has to give – and all the though becoming a more powerful, extra self-assured version of on your own together the way!

A castell in the middle of Barcelona. It's a human tower built traditionally at festivals in Catalunya. One of the experiences you can have when solo traveling in Barcelona.
There are so many functions to sign up for, that you will be impressed by Barcelona and Catalunya abundant society and record.

9 – It’s an exceptional chance to study about one more lifestyle

Barcelona is the perfect location to immerse your self in an additional tradition. There’s so substantially to find out about Spanish lifestyle, from the remarkable food to the architecture. 

And since the locals are so friendly, you will have lots of alternatives to inquire inquiries, understand a lot more about their way of lifestyle and find issues you will not come across in any travel information.

You’ll come property from your excursion with a improved knowledge and appreciation for one more culture, and which is usually a excellent point.

When you travel solo, you’re sure to have some amazing ordeals. And due to the fact you’re the only one there, you will be the only a person who can inform individuals tales.

So go out and check out Barcelona by yourself. Have some adventures. Meet new individuals. And most importantly, have entertaining!

Now that I certain you that traveling alone to Barcelona is Astounding! Allow me share that the entire of Spain is really worth visiting solo. 

Just after setting up your solo journey to Barcelona, verify out these non-touristy factors to do in Madrid, the country’s spectacular capital. Or perhaps invest one or two days in Valencia

A Spanish beach front getaway is also a excellent thought. Consider of the spectacular Cabo de Gata Nationwide Park, Málaga and its lots of totally free factors to do, or Puerto Pollensa on Mallorca island.

For the lively travelers out there, joining a group cycling tour in Spain is a great selection to discover the lesser-acknowledged elements of the place and make some friends. Or e book a Health Boot Camp in Mallorca, enjoy the seashore whilst looking following your human body and soul, and mingle with like-minded men and women. 

And as Barcelona is a significant hub for transportation in Europe, it may be just the begin issue of an amazing solo experience. Barcelona Airport gives flights for all about Europe and extensive hauls, so why not imagine bigger and unfold your solo wings to other places? The earth is yours, go delight in it! 

 Are you preparing to solo vacation to Barcelona? Then pin this write-up for later on!

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The Best Amazon Prime Day Sex Toy Deals of 2022 — When Is Amazon Prime Day 2022?


It’s the most wonderful time of year…for buying sex toys on Amazon, that is. If ya didn’t already know, the retail giant has TONS of very legit vibrators, dildos, and other ~sexcessories~ available to purchase from brands like Lelo, We-Vibe, and Womanizer, among others, and there’s no better time to shop ’em than on Amazon Prime Day. Because Amazon’s two-day shopportunity (lol) happens only once a year, you’ll def wanna take advantage, and if you’re in the market for a new vibe, then here’s what you should know about 2022’s Prime Day sex-toy deals.

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When is Prime Day 2022?

Sooo…Amazon has officially announced that Prime Day will start on Tuesday, July 12 and run through Wednesday, July 13, with early deals starting Tuesday, June 21, so mark your calendar now. If this isn’t your first rodeo, then you know that different deals and flash sales are announced multiple times per day (yeah, it’s chaotic), so be sure to bookmark this page because we’ll be sharing updates on all the best sex-toy deals as soon as we get ’em. You’re welcome. Oh, and speaking of which…

What are the best Amazon Prime Day sex-toy deals this year?

Unfortch, this year’s Prime Day 2022 sex-toy deals are currently under wraps (#rude), so you’ll have to stand by for the biggest sex-toy brands and products that’ll be on sale. The good news: Lots of great products are already on sale, which means you can start shopping for discounted vibes, dildos, and other accessories for le boudoir right TF now. See the best sales below, and make sure you watch this space to stay up to date on all things Amazon Prime Day.

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