Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
The Mallia is a small but pleasant and comfortable vacation rental apartment. It is on the ground floor, in the building just across the walkway from the owner's house, with a private entry from a common courtyard. The apartment has a lovely wooden ceiling with beams and is decorated with rustic charm.
The apartment consists of a large entry room that doubles as a kitchen and dining area, with a table and chairs for four. The kitchen is well furnished, with a full size fridge, oven, stove and little extras, like a tea kettle and sandwich press.
Through a wide archway closed off with 2 sets of curtains, you will find a combined bedroom and sitting area. The bed is an Italian queen. You will also find good storage and a TV (no cable). The bathroom is small, with a shower and good lighting. The apartment has window screens.
The apartment has access to the large garden and parking space. Situated only 5 minutes from the nearest beaches and rock bathing and fishing coves it has the advantage of being 10 mins drive from the town but at the same time basking in a peaceful and rural area.
Bed linen and towels are included and beach towels are available on request. A small supply of basics such as soap, toilet paper, sugar. coffee and tea, milk, mineral water and bread are also provided. Use of the washing machine is available for an extra fee of €2.50 including soap.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marine Park "Plemmirio"|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: International Airport of Catania 50 km, Nearest railway: Siracusa 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 1, Lounge seats for 1|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Sicily region
Nature and history have combined to give Sicily its most striking feature: impressive monuments of the past set against backgrounds of astonishing natural beauty. Climb the hill to the 3rd century BC Greek amphitheater at Taormina and experience a setting where nature enhances art: on one side stretches the dramatic, jagged coastline of the azure blue Ionian Sea, on the other, snow capped Mt. Etna. The 12th century cathedral at Monreale, a masterpiece of Norman architecture famous for its dazzling mosaics, commands unsurpassed views down the Conca d'Oro Valley, with Palermo and its bay visible in the distance.
With its location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily became a bridge between the civilizations of the East and West. Peoples from the southern Mediterranean, including the Phoenicians, were the earliest settlers, but the island's growth, prosperity and cultural development began with Greek colonization in the 8th century BC. The powerful city-states of Syracuse, Catania, Selinute and Agrigento competed with each other to construct the most spectacular temples. The hauntingly beautiful Valley of the Temples, built parallel to the sea at Agrigento, are some of the best preserved outside of Greece. The Romans arrived in the 2nd century BC, followed by the Arabs, Normans, French, Spanish and finally the Bourbons. Churches, temples, gardens, palaces and theaters from these civilizations are scattered throughout the island. However, it was during the Arab domination in the 9th and 10th centuries when Sicily's influence in trade and culture expanded, while the Norman occupation in the 11th and 12th centuries was a major artistic influence, leaving behind exquisite churches and palaces of Arab-Byzantine style.
Sicily has a remarkably varied landscape, with a mountainous interior, hills and plateaus, and a wildly beautiful coastline of rocky promontories, sheer cliffs, fine sand beaches, tiny coves and clear waters. Off shore are groups of smaller islands, some of volcanic origin; Stromboli, off the northern coast, has an active volcano. Breathtaking vistas abound: the semi-tropical landscape of lemon groves and pine forests; miles of sparkling sea shore dotted by small fishing villages; and towering mountains framed by a brilliant blue sky. With its mild climate and volcanic enriched soil, Sicily is an important agricultural center, growing vegetables and citrus fruit, including the famous blood oranges, and producing olive oil and wine. Luxuriant gardens with exotic plants grace the major cities, including Palermo, the capital.
Sicilian cuisine is an adventure in history. Its cooking speaks of its complicated history of invasions and occupations as well as of the fresh flavors of the land and the bounty of the sea. There is cuscus (couscous) from Trapani, an Arab legacy, served with a fish stew. Pasta con le sarde, with fresh anchovies, is traditional. Bottarga, tuna roe that has been salted and pressed, tops pasta in the renowned spaghetti alla siracusana. Sfinciuni di San Vito, a stuffed focaccia, is not to be missed, nor is caponata, a sensuous dish of eggplant, celery and onions that are fried separately and cooked briefly in a sweet and sour sauce that includes tomatoes, raisins, pine nuts, vinegar, and a pinch of sugar. Farsumagru, a meat roll filled with cheese, sausage and boiled eggs is one of the island's classic meat dishes, and piscispada alla ghiotta, an exuberant swordfish preparation, its most famous fish dish. Cassata, a sponge cake with ricotta, chocolate, candied fruits and pistachios, is the most beloved Sicilian dessert; ricotta-stuffed cannoli are known throughout the world. Cubbaita, a nougat with honey, almonds, and sesame seeds, speaks of Arab influence. Some of Italy's best ice cream is made in Sicily, and little can rival the sweetness of its fruit. Sicily produces a number of great wines, most of them sweet: Marsala, Malvasia delle Lipari, and Moscato. Excellent table wines are made on the Regaleali estate; other outstanding ones are Etna, Alcamo, Corvo, Faro, and Ombra.
The Sicilian city of Syracuse is a wonderland. Echoes of ancient civilizations still resound in the streets of this coastal city, and Baroque architecture narrates its eventual rebirth as sun, sand and sky envelop it with their brilliance. A journey to this corner of Sicily awakens profound sensations, as if you were crossing the threshold of time to go back thousands of years.
You can feel it as you walk through Syracuse's streets, where precious testimonials recall with great force the splendor of Magna Graecia, and step by step, accompany the visitor through the eras that had strong impacts on Syracuse's history: Romans and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Swabians and Aragonese - all wrote a portion of the history here. Neapolis, Acradina, Ortygia, Tyche, and Epipoli are the quarters of the ancient city. Their names alone suffice to transport us into another dimension.
The discovery route of this province starts out on Ortygia Island, barely connected to Syracuse by a few short bridges. Ortygia resembles a museum sitting between sea and sky, a city seemingly frozen in time.
Its squares, streets and alleys trace a border around this small jewel box and its rocky beach, and its buildings, churches, temples, walls and facades decorate each corner. The majestic Maniace Castle, a remnant from the Swabian era, dominates the extreme point of the island, an ideal position from which to survey incoming marine traffic.
Looking out on the side of the Porto Grande, the Adorno Esplanade in the delicate hues of 19th-Century buildings includes the Aretusa Fountain, outlined by green papyrus. This is one of Ortygia's most enchanting spots.
Beyond the seafront is a piazza dominated by the Duomo, an exceptional example of the stratification of mixed architecture that blends remarkably into one.
Sicilians have always jealously guarded their ancient traditions. This is why the whole province offers a rich program of country fairs featuring religious and popular events.
At the feast of flowers, the “Infiorata,” thousands of petals are arranged artistically along Via Nicolaci, embellishing the balconies of the houses. Feasting and gaiety come alive in the city streets where baroque lavishness unites with the beauty of nature.
The program of cultural events offered by all the main towns of the various communities is full of interesting events.
Syracuse is a land of green oases spread out all over the territory, places where you can once again discover uncontaminated nature and listen to the silence broken only...
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4 Jul 2013
"Lovely apartment with friendly owner"
We stayed in the last week of June.
Arrived quite late at night (about 11pm) but the owner was waiting for us and made us feel immediately welcome. There weer also some initial provisions, so we could have a snack when we arrived, and breakfast the following morning without worrying about having to find a shop first.
You definitely need a car if you are staying here - it is about a 10 minute drive from the nearest good shops, and 3-4 minutes from the nearest beaches. About 15 minutes to the centre of Siracusa.
The bedroom and kitchen/lounge area are only separated by a curtain across an archway, but we didn't find this an issue at all. The kitchen had more utensils and crockery etc. than any other holiday apartment I have ever stayed in.
The shower room/toilet is small (which is noted in the property description) but perfectly adequate, apart from the cistern fill being very noisy after flushing.
Otherwise, the property felt very spacious.
All windows and the door have flyscreens, so can be left open for ventilation without worrying about insects.
The landlady (Katherine) is originally from the UK, so speaks good English, and is very friendly and chatty, with plenty of good advice about things to see and do. Her husband (Angelo) is Sicilian and doesn't speak English. They really made us feel welcome.
Yes,The guests you mention stayed here in Mallia the last week of June. They were out and around a lot including a trip to Etna and swimming and snorkling in our area. I think they enjoyed their stay and would be happy to see them again.
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