Palermo is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do but one of the most popular reasons for a visit to this Sicily city is the beaches. The beaches of Palermo are enjoyed by tourists all over the world. A cultural and economic hub of Italy, Palermo attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. Most of the visitors to Palermo are there for one single reason: the city and the beaches of Palermo tend to have year round, warm, Mediterranean weather, and plenty of sunshine!
The coastline of Palermo is lined with small beaches and the water is sprinkled with colors of blue and green. The seafloor is made is lined with seaweed but this creates the ideal environment for many small fish and other sea creatures that are interesting to see. Snorkeling is a popular activity at many of the Palermo beaches but you may find that simply taking a walk down the beach at sunset is your favorite pass time. The sunset casts a vibrant orange glow over the city of Palermo which is most beautifully viewed from the coastal areas.
History and facts about Palermo
Palermo‘s strength is in its beauty and civilisation more than its defensibility or military tradition. Completely accessible by sea, and situated in a valley, it has always been a target for invaders and an obvious foothold into Italy. Thus it has become one of the most conquered and occupied cities in the world.
Palermo is renowned for its marvellous lemons and oranges, which though perhaps fewer in quantity than in years past, are still of outstanding quality.
The extraordinary street plan of Palermo has maintained its original Medieval Arab characteristics, with closed alleys and narrow streets, typical of the ancient Islamic centre. These passageways branch from two principle streets which in meeting, divide the city into four ancient quarters. Each quarter has twisting “hairpin bend” alleys, designed to encompass housing for entire families which could become completely closed spaces at night.
Palermo is an urban melting pot characterized by history and culture so diverse that it often feels conflicted. Discover an intriguing range of architectural styles, from Arabian domes to baroque buildings, and enjoy delicious cuisine that spans a variety of origins. Be sure to visit the Palace of the Normans, the Palatine Chapel and the church of St. John of the Hermits. Art and music lovers won’t want to miss the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (the “GAM”), the Salinas or an opera or ballet at the Teatro Massimo.