Once the fourth-largest city in the known world, Agrigento’s past significance can still be witnessed today, most notably in the form of the incredible Valley of the Temples, easily the party piece of all Agrigento holidays. Among the most fascinating sites in the Mediterranean and Sicily’s single biggest tourist site, this set of Greek ruins is guaranteed to amaze all visitors, even if you don’t consider yourself a culture vulture or history buff.
In addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed ruins, modern Agrigento also hosts a number of intriguing sites and attractions, particularly in its medieval heart where you’ll discover landmarks, shops, bars and eateries to further excite your holidays to Agrigento, delivering a more modernised and authentic Italian impact.
Ancient Temples and Nearby Beaches
The temples are accepted as the focal point for most visitors during their time in Agrigento, which is understandable when you consider that the Valley of the Temples is home to the best-preserved Doric temples outside of Greece. Built in 430 BC, the Temple of Concord is the most impressive site in the park, and among the best-preserved Greek temples on the planet, standing almost complete even today. The oldest of the temples is the Temple of Hercules, with one third still standing, while one of the best views of the park can be enjoyed from the Temple of Juno.
If you need a break from ruins and history, you can add a dose of the beach lifestyle to your holidays in Agrigento. A visit to Sciacca will transport you to the beautiful Sicilian coastline, home to a colourful fishing port as well as an impressive Duomo within the city itself.