Sicily Holidays – Unforgettable landscapes and rich cultural heritage
The largest of the Mediterranean islands, this astonishing island, part of Italy, offers tremendous variety. The island’s rich architectural heritage has made Sicily a longstanding choice with discerning holidaymakers. The dramatic mountainous interior ensures plenty of rewarding walking holidays in Sicily. Walkers and nature lovers will find spring in Sicily especially satisfying. For many visitors, an undoubted highlight is Mount Etna, the island’s famous active volcano.
Great choice of beach resorts
Holiday destinations in Sicily range from lively fashionable beach resorts like Taormina to picturesque mountain villages like Castelmola.. Outstanding beaches can be found at Cefalu and Mazzaro near the popular resort of Taormina. Other beautiful beaches can be found on the unspoilt north-west coast and at popular east-coast resorts like Giardini Naxos and Letojanni. No visit to Sicily should miss out on the wonderfully characterful and vibrant capital of Palermo.
And great food too
An ideal holiday in Sicily would include a little of all the above and a generous serving of delicious Sicily cuisine! Fine food and wine is an essential part of the Sicilian scene, with plenty of characterful bistros and authentic restaurants. The nightlife is not known for its wild clubs and is probably all the better for it. The liveliest scene is found at Palermo and Mondello. For stylish shopping try Siracusa.
The weather in Sicily
The warm Mediterranean weather in Sicily is the lifeblood of the island, its culture and its produce. Winter rainfall and mild spring weather ensure the mountain slopes of the interior are rich with flowers and scents. The heat of summer guarantees warm seas, and ensures fruit trees will be abundant with figs, olives, peaches, oranges and lemons. Sicily is affected by the Sirocco wind, which blows hot, humid air across from North Africa, so don’t be surprised by searing hot days from as early as June. The gorgeous beaches and historic landmarks of Sicily are certainly best enjoyed if you have come with plenty of sun protection.
Sunshine hours in Sicily average four to five hours a day in winter, and up to eleven hours in summer. Sicily can be very hot during the peak weeks of summer - with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius in July and August, softened by cooling sea breezes on the coast.
The extreme south of mainland Italy and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia all have fewer wet days than the rest of the country. In autumn Indian summers are regular features of Sicily’s weather cycle, with temperatures remaining in the high 20s in September and early October. Sicily is lucky enough to miss many of the big storms that douse mainland Italy’s southern peninsula in autumn.
Self-catering in Sicily
A self-catering experience in Sicily understandably has far more in common with that of Italy than the better known self-catering destinations of Spain and the Balearics.
You will not find the large, commercial resorts typical of the latter here. Instead of huge hotel complexes with hundreds of small kitchenette-fitted rooms, you’re more likely to find low-rise guesthouses, villas and detached apartments offering a more intimate and less busy atmosphere.
Self-catering accommodation can be found in the beautiful Sicilian countryside (often attached to farms as a way of farmers earning a second income), or along the stunning coastline. You’ll also find self-catering options in the attractive townhouses of the island’s moderately sized towns and cities.
Like in Italy, the local market and shop-brought produce is of a quality most UK chefs would die to get theirs hands on – so making meals yourself doesn’t mean compromising your dining experience in the slightest. In fact, you get the added bonus of learning a few Sicilian recipes to take home with you if you take the hands-on approach. And of course there’s the reason most people opt for self-catering in the first place –it offers one of the most cost effective ways of holidaying on this beautiful island.