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Catania or Palermo

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Catania or Palermo

We are planning to spend 3 days in Sicily prior to a 5 day stay in Malta and wonder where the best spot to base ourselves would be. We plan to hire a car and enjoy touring during the days and relaxing in the evenings with good restaurants within walking distance. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. It appears that Catania is better serviced with flights from the UK (where we will be) than Palermo.

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1. Re: Catania or Palermo

Then consider Catania with optimal flights from the UK, but avoid driving in the city itself, and explore the Val di Noto as well as Siracusa, and perhaps depart for Malta via Virtu Ferries from Pozzallo.

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2. Re: Catania or Palermo

or fly Ryanair from Malta to Catania

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3. Re: Catania or Palermo

Or Air Malta!

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4. Re: Catania or Palermo

I like Catania better. It's quaint and much cleaner than Palermo. The people seem more relaxed and happy also.

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5. Re: Catania or Palermo

There is a difference in feel between both cities.

But there is much more to see and do in Palermo.

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6. Re: Catania or Palermo

Palermo is Sicily’s cultural, economic and tourism capital. It is a city rich in history, culture, art, music, food.

Central Catania is half the size of central Palermo and therefore probably has a more relaxed feel.

Each city has its own spirit, with captivating highlights and city-specific ‘feel’.

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7. Re: Catania or Palermo

Catania is a university town, and it's lively, and buzzing.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18788…

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