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Sicily Holidays

Sicily Holidays

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Destination highlights

  • The largest Mediterranean island
  • Historical hotspot
  • Family-friendly beach destination
  • Foodie heaven
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food & drink | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Sicily?

    Beach holidays in Sicily are something of a dream. With turquoise waters and panoramic views, these gorgeous beaches are worth checking out:

    • San Vito Lo Capo – This postcard-worthy secluded beach features powder-white sands and palm trees and is popular with local Italian families.
    • Mondello – This popular beach is close by to the hub of Palermo with plenty of facilities and perfect for families.
    • Cefalù - This family hotspot is central for sightseeing and blessed with dreamy golden sands.
    • Scala dei Turchi - The unique Scala dei Turchi, also known as ‘Stairs of the Turks’ is a rock formation that looks like a staircase. Next to it are shallow waters and small stretches of sands.
    • Sampieri - Boasting miles of golden sands, this quieter beach offers gentle waters.
    • Isola Bella - Known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’, this tiny island is one of Italy’s most beautiful spots.


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    What are the top hotels in Sicily?

    Holidays in Sicily are great for families, couples, or groups, there’s plenty to see and do. These hotels are the top choices to ensure you have a relaxing stay:

  • La Playa Blanca - This beachfront property offers gorgeous sea views for the perfect Sicilian break.
  • Diamond Hotel and Resort Naxos Taormina - This five-star hotel offers a five-star lifestyle with its stunning sea views and incredible facilities.
  • Vecchio Borgo - Set in the heart of the city, this hotel’s location is perfect for adventurers and discovering the gem that is Palermo.
  • Hotel Avalon Sikani - Sit back for the relaxing holiday you’ve been dreaming of with a hotel that offers views for days.
  • Grand Hotel Wagner - Sophistication, charm and the buzz of a city centre, this hotel has it all for a memorable Italian break.
  • Garibaldi - Experience ultimate comfort, serenity, and non-stop entertainment in this hotel, ideal for families.


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    What’s the food like in Sicily?

    Italian food is made from the heart with dishes that’ll leave your mouth watering. And Sicilian cuisine offers Italian’s best taste with a blend of other flavours. These dishes you need to try:

    • Arancini - This iconic Sicilian dish consists of a ball of deep-fried creamy risotto rice.
    • Caponata - Fried aubergine stew with tomatoes, onions and celery, and flavoured with capers, pine nuts, raisins, and olives.
    • Pasta alla Norma - Sicily’s most famous pasta dish consists of a fresh sauce of local tomatoes, aubergine, garlic, basil, and ricotta salata.
    • Pasta con le sarde - This heavenly fish dish includes fresh sardines, anchovies, wild fennel, and a sauce made of raisins, saffron, and pine nuts.
    • Cannoli - Deep fried pastry tubes filled with creamy ricotta.

    Looking for the best places to eat in Sicily? Here are the top restaurants:

    • Osteria dei Vespri, Palermo - This flawless restaurant serves up a selection of traditional Sicilian dishes, with a menu that changes throughout the seasons. It also has its own alfresco dining area.
    • Al Fogher, Piazza Armerina - A favourite with locals and tourists, this little gem serves up an array of refined, seasonal Sicilian dishes.
    • Al Duomo, Taormina - Serving up a selection of gourmet Sicilian dishes, this restaurant offers great food and views of the cathedral.
    • Caffe Sicilia, Noto - The cafe to experience cannoli made the Sicilian way.

    Where is the best nightlife in Sicily?

    Sicily’s nightlife offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking to dance until dawn or enjoy a cocktail on the beach, and these are the hotspots to check out:

    • Bocum, Palermo - Palermo’s first ever multi-level cocktail bar, it’s known as one of the best, serving up a selection of the finest cocktails and a vibe you won’t find anywhere else.
    • Al Kenisa, Enna - Housed in a former chapel, this unique cafe comes alive at night with live music. The perfect place for a glass of wine and a more chilled evening.
    • Anche gli Angeli, Noto - This cool, quirky, and LGBTQ+-friendly bar is everything you need to feel like a local on a night out, with its range of wines and live DJ sets.
    • La Giara, Taormina - The number one entertainment spot in Sicily, it's more than just a restaurant. Offering a rooftop terrace, overlooking Mount Etna, La Giara features artists and DJs from all over the world.


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    What events can I go to in Sicily?

    Sicily is not only the largest Mediterranean island but also a place of historical significance. The island has a varied list of cultural events and festivals throughout the year, here are some you should check out:

    • Almond Blossom Festival (February–March) - This annual festival takes place in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. This festival includes parades, traditional Sicilian marionettes, concerts, and cultural exhibitions.
    • Easter week (March–April) - Sicily celebrates Easter in a traditional way with many religious processions, shows and traditional costumes.
    • Flower Festival (May) - The city of Noto is transformed with a gorgeous carpet of flowers across roads and courtyards. There’s a different theme each year.
    • Inycon Wine Festival, Menfi (June) - Calling all wine lovers, this summer event is an opportunity to taste the local Sicilian wines and authentic cuisine.
    • Taormina Film Festival, Taormina (June–July) - The symbol of summer, Ferragosto is celebrated all over Italy, including Sicily. They celebrate with fireworks, rowing races and many feasts. Each province has their own traditions.
    • Ferragosto (August) - Sozopol plays host to a whole season of events celebrating contemporary art in all its forms.
    • Couscous Festival, San Vito Lo Capo (September) - This is one of the most important festivals in Sicily. A time to taste delicious food, watch cooking competitions, take part in workshops and watch concerts.
    • Feast of San Martino (November) - This celebratory festival is a good opportunity to taste local dishes, wines, and sweets across Sicily.
    • Christmas festivities (December) - The Christmas season is an exciting time in Sicily with each province celebrating in their traditional way. The many towns and villages have live nativity plays with the local people dressing up in costumes.
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    Things to do in Sicily

    Hike up Mount Etna

    Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and a must-visit when in Sicily. The best way to experience its highlights and to do the trek safely is to head on a guided tour.

    Explore Palermo

    As the island’s capital, Palermo is a prime base destination for exploration in Sicily. There’s something for everyone, with incredible beaches, historical landmarks, a great shopping scene, mountainous hikes, and stunning architecture.

    Visit Valley of the Temples

    The Valley of the Temples is an archaeological park just outside of Agrigento with the remains of eight different temples from the fifth and sixth centuries BCE. It’s the largest archaeological site in the world and well worth the trip.

    Take a trip to Gole dell’Alcantara

    Located in the Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, Gole dell’Alcantara is a series of canyons. This natural habitat is one of the most beautiful sights in all of Italy, with the crystal-clear water of the Alcantara River running through it.

    Take a boat trip to the Aeolian Islands

    A Unesco World Heritage site, the seven different Aeolian Islands are a vision of beauty. Book a boat trip over there and experience the many different islands and what they offer, such as hiking, incredible views, and snorkelling in the clear waters.



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    What's the weather like in Sicily?

    The summer season runs from May to September where you can expect hot sunny days with little no to rainfall and average temperatures hitting 22 degrees. Winter season is pretty cool here with average temperatures sitting around 9 or 10 degrees which is still warmer than the UK if you're looking for a winter break.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 9 °c 16 °c 4 h
    Feb 9 °c 15 °c 5 h
    Mar 10 °c 15 °c 6 h
    Apr 12 °c 16 °c 7 h
    May 15 °c 19 °c 8 h
    Jun 19 °c 22 °c 9 h
    Jul 22 °c 25 °c 10 h
    Aug 22 °c 27 °c 9 h
    Sep 21 °c 25 °c 7 h
    Oct 17 °c 23 °c 6 h
    Nov 13 °c 21 °c 6 h
    Dec 10 °c 18 °c 4 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Sicily

    How long does it take to fly to Sicily?

    It takes about three hours to fly to Sicily from the UK.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Sicily?

    Sicily is one hour ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Sicily?

    Sicily is in Italy, so the local currency is the euro.

    What language do they speak in Sicily?

    The official language spoken in Sicily is Italian.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Sicily?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Sicily?

    There is currently no tourist tax to pay in Sicily

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Sicily?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Sicily on the FCO website.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Sicily?

    British passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Sicily. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

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    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Sicily for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Clinton Vince:


    Had a fantastic holiday. The booking was smooth and straight forward, the prices were good. The whole experience went like clockwork. On the beach are on the ball when it comes to booking a holiday. This is the 4th time I’ve booked with them

    Amanda Burroughs:


    Always my first choice for booking holidays. Seamless from beginning to end every time. Great locations, accommodations and prices.

    Craig Harrald:


    Amazing service as always this is the 5th time I've booked quick easy and good value :) would highly recommend.

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