No need to fly to the other side of the globe to escape! Focus on Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean that will charm you with its many assets.
Unique natural riches
Between its beaches of fine sand, its cliffs and its luxuriant vegetation, the island has enough to meet your expectations. This diversity makes it possible to propose a wide range of activities. Moreover, thanks to a Mediterranean climate without any surprises, Sicily is a first choice destination for a successful long term incentive.
The Zingaro Nature Reserve is undeniably to discover for the fauna and flora that have been kept almost intact. This wild site is a paradise for hikers but you can also enjoy beautiful coves for dipping.
However the star of the island’s natural spectacle is undoubtedly Etna, the largest volcano in Europe registered with Unesco and still active at 3300 m altitude. The ascent of this colossus remains an unforgettable moment and whether 4×4, on foot or accompanied by a guide you will live a unique experience. If volcanoes captivate you and you have time do not hesitate to explore the nearby Aeolian Islands such as Stromboli or Vulcano.
A generous culture
Sicily is not only nature, it is also a remarkable architectural heritage. Greek temples, odeons, Roman baths and amphitheatres, sumptuous villas paved with mosaics, Byzantine catacombs, refined Arab-Norman monuments, palaces with baroque Hispanic exuberance ….
There is a real juxtaposition of styles and currents, testifying to a complex history, and magnified by the talent of craftsmen and artists like Nino Pisano, Antonello da Messina or Giacomo Serpotta.
The opulent multicultural heritage and identity of this island are also found in its gastronomy. Fish, seafood, fruits and vegetables are in the spotlight thanks to the omnipresence of the sea and the sun. Sicilian cuisine has been elaborated by adding and mixing the culinary traditions of the different peoples who have followed one another in Sicily. Italian influenced dishes include pizzas, pasta dishes, cheeses, charcuterie, antipasti, and ice cream.
As for desserts, there are many pastries inspired by ancient Arabic recipes, including fruit paste, almond paste, and excellent candied fruit.
Sicily is also rich in vineyards and offers its own wines but also its local beer!
Cities to explore
Syracuse, located on the southeastern coast of the island is a city steeped in history. Since 2005, its historic center is part of the world heritage of humanity established by UNESCO. Once one of the richest cities in the Greek world, it is full of architectural treasures and museums. Symbol of baroque Sicily you can not miss the charm of Syracuse and its gardens.
Palermo, capital of Sicily is located on the northwest coast of Sicily and was once widely known for its citrus plantations. Today, three nature reserves are located near the city, including Monte Pellegrino. Gardens, monuments, museums, events and festivities, theaters, markets, … the city is very active and has a slightly more urban identity than the rest of the island.
Because of its proximity to Etna, Catania has always lived at the rhythm of the volcano’s moods. Located in the heart of a very fertile plain, the city is an economic capital and a very dynamic city, which earned him the nickname of “Milan of the South” in the 1960s. Behind Palermo it is the city the more populated Sicily. City fountains, caves, relics, palaces, baths, churches, … the city is an eldorado for culture lovers. The festivities and events are mostly dedicated to religion, but some neighborhoods such as “La Kalsa” or “La Champagneria” are known for their lively nightlife through their restaurants, cafes and discotheques of various musical styles.
Taormina: Real medieval Saint Tropez, which from the top of its mountain offers a superb panorama on the island.
An ideal MICE destination
With 3 airports in Palermo, Catania and Trapani, the island is widely accessible.
– The Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle airports serve Palermo and Catania.
– The airport of Trapani serves national flights, from Rome and Milan for example, and more recently some international flights to destinations such as Geneva, Barcelona, Frankfurt or Brussels.
– From Bordeaux the airline Volotea offers up to 4 direct flights per week with a duration of 2H15, from April to October, for the airport of Palermo.
Regarding the infrastructures, the island offers very nice services: luxurious establishments with conference centers, golf and spas with establishments of charm in full development – according to your budget – always within an authentic and preserved nature. Cultural visits, unusual team building activities, confidential evening venues are not lacking either, not to mention the mixed gastronomic offer.
Looking for a destination for your next seminar or incentive? Do not hesitate and opt for this wild paradise, only 2H15 flight from Bordeaux and 2H30 flight from Paris. This destination is the promise of a guaranteed change of scenery. Sanbao Events is an expert of the destination and will be able to concoct a tailor-made program according to your wishes and objectives.