For tourists who have chosen as holiday destination Agrigento, a city in southwestern Sicily, there are a vast number of archaeological sites in close proximity, as well as a good selection of high-end resorts and hotels. Long time ago, 2,500 years back in the past, Agrigento used to be a Greek settlement. Hence the ample variety of Greek temples and other archaeological sites and ruins. The center of Agrigento is particularly interesting and attractive. The towering "Temple of Concord", beautifully located on a ridge over Agrigento, can be seen from far away. The main road running along the south coast of Sicily provides convenient transport links. The cities of Palermo, 90 miles away (about140 kilometers), and Catania and Syracuse, 110 miles (175 kilometers) away, provide additional opportunities for tourists who decide to holiday in Agrigento, both for shopping and for sightseeing.
Luxury hotels invite tourists in Agrigento, complete with all necessary conveniences and within close distance to the "Valley of the Temples". The Best Western Hotel Kaos, an ancient villa, has been reconditioned as a 4 star hotel, with congress center, tennis court, football pitch, volleyball courts, outdoor swimming pool, air conditioning of the entire property, wireless Internet connection. The Antica Perla Residence Hotel, in proximity of the beach, has air conditioning, wireless Internet, outdoor swimming pool. The Grand Hotel dei Templi, in a verdant park, comprises swimming pool, ample parking area, American bar, two restaurants, 8 modular rooms, outdoor swimming pool. The Demetra Resort hotel is an opulent accommodation in Agrigento with on-site amenities, wireless Internet access, access for disabled, lounge bar, and restaurants.
Budget options for accommodation in Agrigento are also numerous, and the proximity to the archaeological sites is an added advantage. The Fiore di Girgenti Hotel provides parking, two air conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms, independent entrance, free luggage deposit, and it is conveniently reached from the nearby train and bus stations. Piccolo Gellia, a 19th century house, has been recently renewed as a B&B, and it is right in the center of Agrigento, providing air conditioning, wireless Internet connection; pets are welcome. The Bed & Breakfast Lerux, within walking distance of the central area, is located in a 20th century building, and rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, sea view balcony, wooden roof, handcrafted furniture with natural materials.
What fascinates tourists in staying in hotels in Agrigento is the variety of historical sites which testify to the city’s rich past. The "Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park", declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, is popular around the world, with its Greek temples dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC; the temples belong to the largest and best preserved Greek temples outside Greece. The Eraclea Minoa ancient ruins, near the city center, the Temple of Hercules, dating back to the 6th century and based on a structure of 38 columns, of which only eight are still standing, are truly worth visiting while holiday in Agrigento. The archaeological museum, with its Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan, Carthaginian and Roman remains, is a must-see. The array of sites in and around Agrigento can be conveniently toured all year round, thanks to the mild climate typical for the Mediterranean region.
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