Do you want to go to Sicily for the holidays? Here are some of the best places to stay in Palermo!
Upon arriving in a new place, your main concern is to be well located, avoid the worst places, and find the best neighbourhood: near historical monuments, bars, museums, and close to a railway station or an airport… Where to find accommodation in Palermo – whether homestay, hostel, hotel, or camping – is the essential question you will be asking yourself while preparing for your stay in Palermo.
With close to 650,000 inhabitants and 25 neighbourhoods, Palermo is the fifth most populous city in Italy and the capital of Sicily. Founded around the 8th century BC, this brightly-coloured town has an impressive historical and cultural heritage, which is why visitors find it so charming to visit. Palermo is often considered to be a strongly contrasted city: either dazzling or fascinating, at times lively, relaxing, annoying, or confusing. Find out where to stay in Palermo during your stay.
Quattro Canti and historic center
Photo credit: Flickr – Massimo Frasson
The historic centre of Palermo – centro storico di Palermo – is, as everywhere, a good starting point to discover the city. Backpackers, young people, couples, families: don’t hesitate to stay a few nights in the centre as you will be close to everything: from monuments and historic buildings, to bars and restaurants, as well as museums and shops. The historic centre consists of four districts: Kalsa, Castellammare, Monte di Pieta, and Albergheria. Here you will find the most visited sites, including the Quattro Canti, Piazza Marina, via Lincoln (with its nearby Central Station and the Botanical Garden), Via Vittorio Emanuele, via Maqueda, via Roma, which are the main streets of downtown Palermo.
The historic centre is a lively district that has traversed all ages, and blends many cultures, the island having been successively under Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Germanic, Austrian, and Spanish rule. Centro Storico is the multicultural Palermo where each narrow street is infused with a profusion of scents, flavours, and Mediterranean colours. In the centre, you will find most of the accommodation and many things to do day and night. Don’t miss the historic markets: Ballarò, Capo, and Vucciria, where you will find yourself in total immersion. This is a good area to stay in Palermo, though the streets can be noisy and easily crowded with tourists, especially in the summer.
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Located further away from downtown’s busy boulevards, between the port area and the high-end neighbourhoods, Borgo Vecchio is an extension of the bustling heart of the city. The area is packed with an array of bars, cafes, and restaurants. Known for its buzzing nightlife, perfect for all night owls, and those who love to party the night away, Borgo Vecchio is probably your best area to stay in Palermo.
Mondello and Addaura, at the water’s edge
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While staying close to Palermo, why not rent an apartment or sleep at at hotel on the coast? Situated on seaside of an island, Palermo is the perfect place to enjoy a restful stay without the inconvenience of the tumult of the city centre. At the foot of Mount Pellegrino, there are two interesting districts of Palermo: Mondello and Addaura. These areas are quiet all year round and offer an eye-full of magnificent features: fine sand, turquoise waters, refined architecture… In other words, staying in Mondello or Addaura is simply a beautiful experience. Renting accommodation here will be synonymous with rest and relaxation!
Main photo credit : Flickr – Michele Ursino