Best time to visit Sicily

Avoiding crowds and heat are key to visiting Sicily. If you can travel either side of summer you’ll get a little less of both.
When Sicily gets hot, it gets very hot, which can make walking and cycling in summer a bit of a slog. The best time to visit Sicily is Sep as the sea is still warm, the service is more convivial and temperatures are ideal for getting out and about. Spring is also great, although beware of history hungry school groups who tend to visit from Easter onwards. Winter is pretty much locals only but as temps drop and facilities close, apart from over the Christmas vacations, you’ll find a much quieter side to Sicily that few tourists get to appreciate.

Sicily Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
8
13
83
FEB
8
13
67
MAR
9
15
57
APR
11
18
47
MAY
14
21
22
JUN
18
25
11
JUL
21
28
5
AUG
21
28
17
SEP
19
26
37
OCT
16
22
84
NOV
13
18
82
DEC
10
14
88

A MONTH BY MONTH GUIDE

Spring (April, May and early June) is the best time to go to Sicily for cycling or coastal hiking, when wildflowers are in bloom, and there’s plenty of tasty local produce to munch. June is also great for scuba diving. Sicily hops with exuberant and colourful religious festivals throughout Easter, but do book ahead, since accommodation gets snapped up early. The Infiorata Flower Festival takes place in Noto in May, celebrating the beauty of spring time. A few days before the beginning of the festival, artists arrive in town to decorate the streets and stairways with flowers and petals which are laid out like a patchwork carpet. Enjoy parades, live music, exhibitions and food stalls. From mid June to September, Taormina’s famous Greek theatre hosts various events, concerts to opera and ballet, in one of the most are most beautiful and scenic settings in the world. July and August are peak season in Sicily. Prices take a hike but you won’t want to – it’s too hot for an active break, although walking in the mountains is pleasant now. Come to catch one of the many festivals held around the island now, but expect particularly busy roads and beaches around the public vacation of Ferragosto (15 August). September and October are good times to visit Sicily, when the weather and sea are still warm but many of the tourists have left. Cooler temperatures than in high summer make this a great time for walking and cycling. September is also good for diving. Cous Cous Fest takes place in San Vito Lo Capo in September, celebrating one of west coast Sicily’s most famous foods. During this week long festival, Italian and international chefs gather to participate in couscous cook-offs, plus cooking workshops, seminars, music and talk shows. November and December are quiet, and islands and coastal resorts pretty much shut down. You can still explore Sicily’s ancient sites, although many close early, and you will enjoy lower prices and fewer crowds everywhere. Christmas bustles briefly in Sicily, with shops, sites and museums opening for longer. Temperatures really drop in January and February, sometimes going below zero inland and dipping lower in the mountains, and hotels and restaurants in resort towns remain shut. Torrential downpours are a feature of the Sicilian winter, too, with most rain falling November to January. By late March, temperatures are beginning to hit the high teens, and the sun’s out for around six hours a day, but come at the start of the month and it’s still on the fresh side.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IN SICILY

Marta Marinelli from our supplier Exodus suggests looking at a Sicily vacation outside of peak times:
“Traveling low season is totally underrated and should be considered. February, March and November are some of the best months to visit in my opinion: no crowds at the most famous sites, mild temperatures and lower prices! The downside is that some restaurants, shops and hotels may not be open at that time of year, but there is still so much choice that it will go unnoticed.”

FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN SICILY

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The Festival of Sant’Agata, patron saint of Catania.

This is the most important religious festival in Catania, and draws up to a million visitors and locals to the streets each year from 3-5 February and on 17 August. The earlier dates commemorate the martyrdom of the saint and the latter celebrates the return to Catania of her remains from Constantinople in 1126, after an absence of 86 years. The atmosphere in the city is electric; a mix of cult, devotion, folklore and traditions celebrated with processions, fireworks and food stalls.
Written by Joanna Simmons
Photo credits: [Page banner: Gandolfo Cannatella] [Top box: Andrea Rapuzzi] [What happens when in Sicily : Samuel Ferrara] [Festival and Events in Greece : Leandro Neumann Ciuffo ]
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