In a prime position between Italy and Africa, the city has been occupied by Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and Spanish (among others) over the centuries – and all have left their mark. As one of Europe’s largest historic centres, Palermo has a cluster of fantastic sights that couples and families who like history and architecture will love exploring, including the beautiful Palatine Chapel, the Norman (or Royal) Palace and the Teatro Massimo – Europe’s third largest opera house.
It’s not just about sightseeing, however: days in the city can simply be spent relaxing in pavement cafés, soaking up the vibrant street life and feasting on tasty snacks. For an intoxicating combination of sights, street food and the Sicilian way of life, holidays to Palermo are hard to beat.
A stay in the heart of Palermo. The Mercure Palermo Centro hotel is family-friendly and situated in the centre of Palermo. The Politeama and Massimo theatres are both just a stone’s throw from the hotel, and the seafront promenade is a five-minute walk away. This is the perfect base from which to discover the colours and vivacity of this vibrant city, with its intense gastronomic typical flavours and glorious architecture. The hotel enjoys an elegant lobby and offers spacious and soundproofed rooms, all designed in a modern and minimalist style.
- Perfectly situated near local theatres and charming seafront promenade
- 10-minute walk from Palermo Harbou
- City centre location