Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Modern villa with private swimming pool situated in Marina di Modica, a typical seaside resort on the south coast of Sicily. In the vicinity can easily be visited the region's most charming, baroque towns - from Ragusa to Scicli, from Noto to Siracusa - and some of its greatest natural beauties, such as the Vendicari nature reserve and Capo Passero. Baia Chiara has an ideal sea front location: a white reef and the sea are a stone's throw away, while an expanse of fine, golden sand is just a few steps more. The convenient situation of the dwelling is matched by the modern conveniences provided - air conditioning, washing machine, dishwasher, LCD television, internet connection - the small, private swimming pool with solarium and changing area. Baia Chiara has also spacious, well-proportioned rooms - decorated with great taste and featuring a modern design and vintage pieces of furniture - which make it the perfect place to come to totally unwind either when coming back from the seaside or after spending a night in the close towns of Pozzallo (connections with Malta) and Marina di Ragusa, which both offer many bars, discos and night-clubs tempting to have a good time during the hot Sicilian nights.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sandy 1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania 130 km, Nearest railway: Pozzallo 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Sicily region
Sicily's sun-drenched landscapes and rich cultural heritage have always attracted travellers from the North, hungry for learning. As early as the 18th and 19th centuries, Sicily was an essential stop on the ”Grand Tour”, the long educational trip around Europe that young aristocrats – mainly from England and France – took before starting out in life. And Germany’s great writer Goethe (1749-1832) embarked on a study trip around Italy over several years, which also took him all the way to Sicily. Not only thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate, Sicily is still a very popular destination today. The island’s main attraction is its wealth of archaeological and culturally significant sites – many of which are on the UNESCO world heritage list. Over the centuries, the island saw many different rulers, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans. All of them left their mark on its character, alongside rich testimonies to their settlements. This wealth of cultural delights ranges from the magnificent palaces and baroque churches in Ragusa-Ibla, Modica, Scicli, Noto, Syracuse and Catania to the archaeological excavation sites in the Valley of the Temples of Agrigent, in Selinunt and Segesta, from the ancient villas and Roman baths in Piazza Armerina to the stylised architecture of the Norman cathedrals of Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù. Among the most beautiful resorts on the island, or perhaps in all of Italy, are without a doubt Taormina and Cefalù. Taormina, with its bright terraces high above the sea, offers an absolutely stunning scenic view: beyond the blue bay of Isola Bella, Mount Etna rises majestically in the distance.
Cefalù, with its magnificent cathedral, well-preserved medieval town centre and old harbour quarter, is often called the pearl of the northern coast. Sicily’s inland regions are just as attractive for visitors. Across the broad, softly rolling hills stretch citrus plantations, vineyards and fields of grain. Alongside them are nature reserves perfect for long walks on signposted paths, such as the Parco delle Madonie, planted with manna ash trees cultivated for their sugary sap, or the Parco dell’Etna on Europe’s highest active volcano. The greatest attraction of all, however, remains the sea. Be it bays with wide, white sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs or isolated rocky bathing points – Sicily has something to offer for every ocean lover. Among the best sites are Scala dei Turchi, the Riserva Oasi Vendicari nature reserve, San Vito lo Capo with the nearby Riserva dello Zingaro and the coasts of the 15 smaller islands surrounding Sicily itself. To make your stay on Sicily absolutely perfect, don’t forget the irresistible delicacies of the island’s cuisine. And why not take time to explore the local traditions, with popular and church festivals, markets and folk songs giving a first-hand taste of authentic Sicily.
Baroque style and chocolate match perfectly together and make the irresistible appeal of Modica, a charming city that is 15 km far from Ragusa and that is divided in two expanses: Modica Alta (upper Modica) and Modica Bassa (southern Modica). This town, settle down between two valleys and on the Pizzo’s hill, is a harmony of churches, palaces and buildings of the eighteenth century (all built according to the late baroque style) overlooking narrow, tiny streets, squares, and stage-stairways. The most extraordinary example is the Saint George’s Cathedral, that belongs to the properties patronized from the Unesco, that faces a stairway of 160 steps. Is just some metres far the Polara Palace (XVIII century) that overlooks Modica Bassa, characterised by the Saint Peter’s Cathedral that embellished by its stairway with the statues of the twelve Apostles. But Modica is also famous thanks to its chocolate that has been made since the eighteenth century by using a cold-working. When this chocolate is amalgamated with vanilla, cinnamon or hot pepper, it is a irresistible temptation. The city has a monumental-looking, because of the past colonizations of Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, but it has also, at the same time, a lively heart that is given by the close Marina Di Modica, considered a paradise from the people who love surfing and to do windsurf. If during the day-time long, gilt beaches invite to a complete rest, when the sun goes down a lot of pubs, discos, restaurants and nightly haunts invite to a complete fun to enjoy during the hot summer evenings. In the surroundings there are also the locations where the famous Commissario Montalbano (a character created by the Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri) is shot, like Pozzallo, a town renowned thanks to its sandy beaches, and Sampieri, a characteristic, old fishermen village.