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Holidays in Sicily

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily will amaze you with its ancient monuments, pretty piazzas, and varied landscapes. Ideal for couples, families and adventurers alike, this picturesque region boasts some of the most spectacular sights in Europe. Explore its fascinating history on a day trip to the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, browse the stylish boutiques of Taormina, or soak up the Mediterranean sun on the sandy shores of Cefalu beach. If you’re feeling really adventurous, why not climb the slopes of a volcano? No matter what you decide to do on your holidays to Sicily, don’t leave without tasting a glass of the local vino!

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Sicily enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.

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Featured Sicily holidays

Hotel Baia del Sole

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Swimming pool & terrace
  • Taverna style restaurant

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Based on 216 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Principe di Fitalia

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Largest wellness centre in Sicily
  • Contemporary style
  • Family friendly

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Based on 1038 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

SENTIDO Acacia Marina

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Contemporary interiors
  • Set amongst Mediterranean gardens
  • Only 100m from its own private beach

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Based on 260 reviews

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Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Athena Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Airtours Kids' clubs
  • Wide range of facilities
  • Courtesy bus to hotel's sandy beach

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Based on 1803 reviews

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Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Unahotels Naxos Beach Sicilia

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the shingle beach
  • Large outdoor pool
  • Views of Mount Etna

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Based on 2033 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Sicily is famous for the Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest opera house. Dating back to the end of the 19th century, it was featured in the film 'The Godfather, Part Three', and is near the heart of the historic Sicilian capital, Palermo. With a capacity of nearly 1,400 and exceptional acoustics, it's a must-see if you're an opera fan. Just a few minutes away is the Museo archeologico regionale "Antonino Salinas", an archaeological museum with a fascinating collection of Phoenician and Ancient Greek artworks.
Then, take some time to explore the resort and ancient Greco-Roman theatre of Taormina on the east coast, or see the wonderful Castello di Venere fortress near Erica in the far west of the region. 

With its ancient temples and well-preserved archaeological sites, Sicily is a great destination for history buffs. Explore the remains of the ancient city of Akragas at the Valley of Temples, making sure to stop off at the Temple of Concord on your visit. Or for an unforgettable experience, check whether there are any classical concerts on at Taormina’s Roman Amphitheatre during your stay. The old city of Syracuse, Ortygia, is another popular attraction in Sicily. It’s well worth making a day trip to this UNESCO-listed area if you want to see more of Sicily’s ancient treasures.


The most famous natural attraction is Mount Etna, which is 3,350 metres above sea level, the highest Italian peek outside of the Alps. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it still regularly erupts, even though it was formed around 35,000 years ago. The stunning lunar landscape is decorated with colourful woodlands and solidified lava rivers, and will leave you lost for words! To get to this volcano, take a bus from Catania to Rifugio Sapienza, then go on a gondola before hiring a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.

Another site that's definitely worth a visit during your holidays to Sicily is the Riserva naturale dello Zingaro, a large nature reserve where you can see dozens of bird species.Go on an adventure to the dramatic island of Stromboli, home to the horseshoe-shaped Sciara del Fuoco, known in English as the 'stream of fire'. Stromboli can be reached by ferry in 1 hour and 10 minutes from Milazzo or 1 hour and 30 minutes from Messina.

 

There are many plenty of beautiful beaches to laze on during your Sicily holidays, but if you're looking for something really out of the ordinary, visit the Turkish steps near Agrigento on the southwest coast. This bright sandy beach is overlooked by a huge white rock known as the Scala dei Turchi, and is arguably the island's most beautiful natural sight for photos, other than Mount Etna! Arrive early to get a parking space, and please note that there is a lengthy climb to and from the beach, so this may not be suitable for small children.

In the evening light, nothing beats the beauty of the golden sands of Cefalu beneath the shimmering medieval town. If you're spending your Sicily holidays in the Palermo area, head to the pristine white sandy beach of Mondella, about 30 minutes away by bus. Treat yourself to a delicious seafood lunch at one of the restaurants nearby. Love being under the water? Head for the snorkellers' paradise of Isola Bella, a semi-circular beach where you can spot incredible aquatic life in the turquoise water. This is a rocky beach, so bring some comfortable footwear, hire a sun lounger, and take in the glorious scenery.

Sicily is best for

History buffs: Retrace the island’s ancient history at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. 

Adventurers: Hike the slopes of Mount Etna volcano, and head up to the crater for breath-taking views across the Ionian Sea.

Culture lovers: Experience Baroque architecture, charming piazzas and picturesque gardens on a stroll through Palermo during your holidays to Sicily.

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Fast Facts

Language: The language spoken is Italian, although you can expect basic English to be spoken in most hotels and tourist attractions.

Currency: The currency used is the Euro (€).

Local time: Sicily is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Comiso Airport. The transfer time to Santa Croce Camerina is 15 minutes, while it's 40 minutes to Marina di Ragusa, and 1 hour and 50 minutes to Giardini Naxos.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Sicily is 3 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here

Visa & health: Before your holidays to Sicily, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

 


Weather & Climate

Temperature: 10-30 (°C).

Best time to visit: Enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.

Late spring is a good time to visit for plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Summer has the highest temperatures, as well as up to 13 hours of sunshine a day, which is perfect beach weather. December typically experiences the most rainfall, and winter tends to cool down to highs of around 10°C, but it’s an ideal time to explore the resorts out of peak season, although check the weather forecast if you plan to do any hiking or visit Mount Etna during your Sicily holidays. Temperatures are mild in autumn, and with less rainfall than winter, which makes it a great season for sightseeing, too.

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Getting Around

By train: Local trains offer a fast and frequent service to several towns along the coast. Book a window seat so you can enjoy the views along the way.

By car: Hiring a car is the most convenient way to explore the more remote areas such as tranquil beaches, mountain villages, and other natural landmarks on your holidays to Sicily. There are plenty of rental companies available at the airport and in the towns, and the roads are well signposted and maintained.

By bus: For a real insight into the local culture, hop on a local bus to your destination. You can buy your tickets in advance at news-stands.


Events

Lights, camera, action: Keep your eye out for celebrity faces around town during the Taormina Film Festival in June. Held at the ancient theatre of Taormina, this historic event draws huge international actors to the island every year.

Carnival: Join the locals in the streets of Sciacca for the annual carnival. Celebrated in February or March, this cultural event features vibrant parades, live music, dancing, and lots of delicious street food.

Festival of Almond Blossom: Enjoy live folk music, traditional dance, and local almond dishes at this cultural fiesta if you're taking your Sicily holidays in March.