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Beautiful little seaside village where Italians go for their holidays
November 12, 2023
A beautiful seaside village in Italy has received a seal of approval from Italians who visit every year for their domestic holidays.
Caletta Sant’Elia is a tiny community in Sicily nestled in a curve on the island’s east coast in the commune of Palermo.
Year-round, the village is home to 733 residents who subsist on local fishing, but during the summer, that population quickly inflates.
The community receives a portion of the approximately 4.89 million people who visit Sicily every year, many of whom are Italians seeking a dose of island life.
Sant’Elia has a glittering reputation for crystal-clear waters and local cuisine, enticing a growing number of fans.
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Even for Italy, the village is unique, boasting traditional architecture coloured in a pastel palette.
Those tempted to venture into the town after having a look at its stunning exterior will be treated to additional views.
Alleyways are decked with street art, providing what travel writer Maartentravels describes as “ample opportunities for photos and Instagram-worthy shots”.
The village is also surrounded by trees and rests on the Sicilian coast, and people can find a stunning local beach from which they can swim, sunbathe and snorkel.
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After a dip in the warm waters or a day resting on a rented beach chair, people can spend the evening in one of the community’s restaurants sampling local seafood.
The food, locals and scenery are all favoured by Italians, even those who live slightly further along the coast.
All Things Sicily dubbed the village a “weekend favourite swimming destination for locals”.
But it can also prove tricky to access despite having long functioned as a tourist hotspot.
Writing for All Things Sicily, Spencer Mehalic warned people to book well in advance, as hotels are nonexistent in the little coastal village, with only Airbnbs on offer.
Mr Mehalic wrote: “Word of advice, book way in advance. In the summer it’s almost impossible to acquire a rental.”