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Aci Castello
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The historical castle and beautiful coastline make this tranquil town the perfect getaway from Sicily’s busier resorts.

A short drive from the bustling streets of Catania, Aci Castello offers great coastal views, charming, narrow streets and a blissfully peaceful atmosphere. Discover the castle and other ancient monuments in the town center and learn the legends of the surrounding Riviera dei Ciclopi coastline. Discover amazing geological formations and swim in warm waters along pristine beaches.

Aci Castello takes its name from the Norman Castle in the town sitting high on a lava rock. The castle was built on the site of an Arab fort and was an island until it was connected to the mainland by lava flow. Within the castle grounds, find a museum detailing the area’s history. Exhibits include a collection of rock samples showing the strange effects of mixing magma with sea water and a display of unusually shaped prehistoric skulls discovered in the area. Explore the castle grounds and enjoy magnificent views of Cyclops Rocks from the roof.

Long summers and the Mediterranean climate mean you can enjoy the beaches from March into October. Visit the surrounding coastline to find beautiful beaches. The nearest to town is Aci Trezza. Closer to town, select a sunbathing spot on one of the black lava rocks. These warm up throughout the day. You will see many locals enhancing their tans during the afternoon. Jump from the rocks into the sea to cool off.

Back in town, pick from a good selection of restaurants. Sample freshly caught fish, done in traditional Sicilian style. Continue to one of the lively bars on the seafront. Dance to a local band and drink a glass of the local specialty, limoncello, a sweet lemon liqueur.

Aci Castello is 6 miles (9 kilometers) from Catania. Buses run regularly, especially during the summer. You’ll find a small number of hotels and guesthouses if the sound of the Ionian Sea lapping onto the rocks and tranquil atmosphere of the town make you want to stay longer.

Four Points by Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center
Four Points by Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center
4 out of 5
Via Antonello Da Messina, 45, Aci Castello, CT
The price is $67 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

This family-friendly Aci Castello hotel is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Norman Castle and Cyclops Beach. Via Crociferi and Catania Cathedral are ...

3.9/5Very Good! (505 reviews)
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"The stay was good but..there is bad lighting in the bathroom,the carpets In the room are worn out,"…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center
Grand Hotel Baia Verde
Grand Hotel Baia Verde
4 out of 5
Via Angelo Musco, 8/10, Aci Castello, CT
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Nestled on the beach, this Aci Castello hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Norman Castle, Cyclops Beach, and Lungomare di Ognina. Port of San Giovanni and Lachea ...

4.1/5Very Good! (731 reviews)

"Schönes Hotel mit super Pool. Wir hatten ein Seesicht Zimmer mit Balkon .Sehr sauber , freundliches und sehr aufmerksames Personal. Einziges Manko war das Restaurant , leider etwas enttäuschend für ein 4 Stern Hotel ."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

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President Park Hotel
President Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Vampolieri, 49, Aci Castello, CT
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Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Norman Castle, Cyclops Beach, and Lachea Island. Timpa Natural Reserve is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...

4.1/5Very Good! (353 reviews)

"The hotel and staff were excellent and we were made to feel very welcome. The only downside to this hotel is that it is somewhat isolated, it's about 2km from the coast and has no shops or restaurants within walking distance. So you need a car - otherwise a great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

President Park Hotel
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Passion for Sicilian Flowers With a Breathtaking View, With Private Swiming Pool
Passion for Sicilian Flowers With a Breathtaking View, With Private Swiming Pool
Aci Castello, Sicily

This family-friendly Aci Castello villa is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Norman Castle, Cyclops Beach and Lungomare di Ognina. Gioeni Park and ...

5/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Breathtaking Views and Villa

"This property is absolutely stunning. It’s huge first of all. 4 bedrooms on main level (2 en-suite bathrooms plus 2 additional bathrooms). 1 bedroom with bath downstairs. And 2 rooms with bathrooms outside just across from the main home. Even though the home is huge, it is so comfortable and inviting. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Passion for Sicilian Flowers With a Breathtaking View, With Private Swiming Pool
Villa Magnolia. Pool & Garden
Villa Magnolia. Pool & Garden
Aci Castello, Sicily

Situated in Aci Castello, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Norman Castle and Cyclops Beach. Lachea Island and Timpa Natural Reserve are also within 3 ...

Villa Magnolia. Pool & Garden
Special Offer Norman Christmas House - Aci Castello
Special Offer Norman Christmas House - Aci Castello
Aci Castello, Sicily
The price is $42 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Norman Castle and Cyclops Beach. Lachea Island and Timpa Natural Reserve are also ...

Special Offer Norman Christmas House - Aci Castello
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Mar 27, 2019

Remote and not convenient. We knew thus ahead of tome and rented a car. Still, it was hard to find decent cafe's or espresso bars, which is odd in Italy.

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