Sicily travel guide

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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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.

Holiday destinations related to Sicily:

  • Amalfi
  • Ischia Porto
  • Sant Agnello
  • Sorrento
  • Lake Garda
  • Limone
  • Malcesine
  • Venetian Riviera 
  • Sardinia
  • 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.