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Sicily

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily offers a wide selection of activities and natural charms to enthral its visitors. The gorgeous sandy beaches at Cala Mosche, Sant Vito Lo Capo and Cefalu provide the perfect setting for you to sunbathe, snorkel and windsurf. Visit the bustling capital Palermo for shopping and nightlife, or gaze upon impressive Mount Etna, the bubbling volcano which is the spiritual heart of the island. Alternatively, hire a car and explore the quaint villages in the island’s interior for a slice of authentic Sicilian life, taking time to sample delicious local dishes including arancine, penelle and cannoli. With a culture distinct from mainland Italy, Sicily is also packed with ancient sites, including the Valley of the Temples, where you can witness Greek-style architecture and understand more about the history of one of Europe’s most captivating destinations.

 

What you’ll love most about Sicily

  • Dive into Sicily’s rich history by visiting ancient ruins like the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Greek Theatre in Taormina, and the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina
  • Delight your taste buds with Sicilian cuisine, featuring dishes like arancini (rice balls), caponata (eggplant stew), pasta alla norma, and cannoli, along with local wines and seafood specialties
  • Unwind on Sicily’s beautiful beaches, such as San Vito Lo Capo, Mondello, and Isola Bella, with their golden sands and crystalline waters, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports
  • Stroll through picturesque towns like Taormina, Siracusa, and Cefalù, with their narrow streets, historic buildings, vibrant markets, and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna
  • Explore the island’s diverse landscapes, including Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, the scenic Aeolian Islands, and the stunning nature reserves of Zingaro and Vendicari, offering hiking, birdwatching, and outdoor adventures
  • Immerse yourself in Sicilian culture by attending local festivals, religious processions, and events celebrating music, art, and cuisine, where you can mingle with friendly locals and experience the island’s warm hospitality first-hand

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  • Ancient ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre in Sicily

  • Old cobbled lane village scene in Sicily, Italy

  • Castellammare del Golfo village of Sicily

  • View of the beach town of Cefalu, Sicily

  • Palermo's Fountain of Shame on the Piazza Pretoria, Sicily

  • Norman Cathedral of Assumption the Virgin Mary in Palermo, Sicily

  • View of Isola Bella Island near Taormina, Sicily

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 12℃
  • 12℃
  • 13℃
  • 16℃
  • 19℃
  • 23℃
  • 26℃
  • 26℃
  • 24℃
  • 21℃
  • 17℃
  • 13℃
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 9
  • 8
  • 9

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

January

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

February

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

March

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

April

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

May

May marks the start of the holiday season. Bars, restaurants and hotels open their doors, temperatures rise above 20 degrees and fewer tourists means this is a fantastic month for a spring time beach holiday. What’s more, there are usually great value offers to be had from tour operators and hotels.

June

As temperatures start to rise, the holiday season is well underway. This is the perfect month for those wanting a Summer break before the schools break up for holidays.

July

As schools break up and the destination experiences some of the best weather. This is a fantastic time to travel so special offers are becoming limited - book early if you have specific holiday needs.

August

Schools out for the Summer and the weather is perfect for beach holidays. There are little or no deals available during this period and popular hotels are likely to become booked out.

September

As schools return, the crowds reduce making September a great time to sit back and relax on the beach. Special offers return as familes are unable to travel during this period.

October

The temperatures start to drop but it's the perfect time to grab a beach holiday away from the crowds and to take advantage of any special offers.

November

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

December

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

Our Ratings

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