This swish villa sits in an enclave of new builds in a well-developed part of Avola. You have your own garden and pool for cooling off. Arrive to a welcome basket with coffee pods, a bottle of local d’Avola wine and some olive oil – everything else you’ll need to buy.
Easy for eating out – it’s just a few paces to the nearest restaurant. Pack a bag for the beach – it’s about 5 minutes to the closest (often busy) one; there are stunning, less crowded beaches a short drive away – Spiaggia della Marchesa is unspoilt. Head into the old town for beautiful churches; sit at a cafe in Piazza Umberto, the main square, and feel like a local; eat at the new Ci Vulia restaurant opened by a renowned local fishmonger.
For wild swimming get in the car to Cavagrande Nature Reserve (14 kilometres) in the Hyblaean Mountains, a series of canyons carved out by the river, bursting with Mediterranean flora and fauna and natural pools. As the sun sets gather on the roof terrace, cold drink in hand, and gaze out over houses to the sea and mountains beyond. In low season the villa can be split into two apartments.