Azienda Agricola Mandranova
Worth getting out of bed for
Spice up your culinary skills with the hotel's cookery class (€60) – Silvia will discuss the menu with you the day before and take you through all the steps in preparing it, using locally sourced ingredients and garden-grown vegetables. For ocean-bound fun, ride the Tornado – Mandranova's 38-foot boat – along the coastline, stopping at an island for lunch and spotting dolphins on the way, before returning to Port Licati to take in the daily fish market.
Half an hour down the coast in the little port of Licata is one of Sicily’s culinary headliners; La Madia
has netted a twinset of Michelin stars thanks to homegrown chef Pino Cuttaia, whose punchy, playful menu draws from his childhood memories of the area. Pine-cone-smoked fish is one of his most flavoursome signatures (+39 09 2277 1443; ristorantelamadia.it
). Nearby, L’Oste e il Sacrestano
is much more down-to-earth; a family-run trattoria serving simple, home-made pasta, straight-from-the-sea fish dishes, and a wide-ranging selection of Sicilian wine (+39 09 2277 4736). In Agrigento, Spizzulio
is a lovely little wine bar with more than 300 different bottles in its cellar, as well as lots of local cheeses and cured meats (+39 09 222 0712).