Holidays in Sicily
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily will amaze you with its ancient monuments, pretty piazzas, and varied landscape. Ideal for couples, families and adventurers alike, this picturesque region boasts some of the most breathtaking 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. However you decide to spend your holiday in Sicily, don’t leave without tasting a glass of the local vino.
Sicily enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.
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A wonderland for explorers, culture vultures and sun-seeking couples, Sicily is where you come to discover and be inspired. From climbing the Mount Etna crater, to walking among ancient ruins, there are enough things to do in Sicily to keep you on your feet your entire stay. Retrace the island’s ancient past at the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, get a taste of the local culture at Duomo piazza in Catania, then cool off at the secluded Cala Rossa Bay on the western coast.
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.
Scenery lovers won’t be disappointed with Sicily’s rich offering of natural attractions. Gather your hiking boots and digital camera, and climb the tallest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, for unforgettable views across the Ionian Sea. Or if you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground, get the perfect picture against the turquoise waters of Cala Rossa Bay. Sicily’s stunning coastline comes to a dramatic climax at Scala dei Turchi Beach. Go there to swim, snorkel, sunbathe or to take selfies against its famous white rock formations.
Don’t leave your holiday in Sicily without taking a little time to get out and explore. Film fans won’t want to miss the 14th-century Castle of Donnafugata, which is the set for numerous films and TV shows, including the popular detective series Inspector Montalbano. Palermo is one of the best places in Sicily to soak up some local culture. Take a stroll around this bustling city, which is a perfect picture of Baroque architecture, elegant gardens and cobbled streets. For lunch with a view, head to the Duomo piazza, which is home to the famous elephant fountain and lots of cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by.
History buffs: Retrace the island’s ancient history at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
Adventurers: Hike the Mount Etna crater for breathtaking views across the Ionian Sea.
Culture vultures: Experience Baroque architecture, charming piazzas and picturesque gardens on a stroll through Palermo.
Language: The language spoken in Sicily is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Sicily is Euro (€)
Local time: Sicily is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Comiso Airport (CIY) is located approximately 45km from Marina di Ragusa, 23.3km from Santa Croce di Camerina, 134km to Giardini Naxos and 142km from Taormina.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3 hours
Tourist Information: Further Sicily tourist information can be found here
Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Sicily click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Temperature: 10-30 (°C)
Best time to visit: Sicily enjoys 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 enjoys the highest temperatures, as well as up to 13 hours of sunshine a day - perfect beach weather! December typically experiences the most rainfall, and winter tends to cool down to highs of 10°C, but it’s an ideal time to explore the resort out of peak season. Temperatures are mild in autumn, and with less rainfall than winter, it’s an ideal season for sightseeing.
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. There are plenty of rental companies available at the airport and in the towns. Look for one with good reviews.
By bus: For a real insight into the local culture, hop on a local bus to your destination. Tickets can be bought in advance at newsstands.
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.
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 in March.