Sicily floats off the boot of Italy and is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It’s hot, volcanic and fertile with food and temples. It has a strong regional identity and language all of its own – from Palermo and Catania to its sleepy villages, the island is a unique experience for budget travellers.
If its sightseeing and food you’re after, then Sicily is perfect for you. With parts of the island on the same latitude as North Africa, Sicily has a gorgeous climate and this makes it a beautiful destination all-year-round.
Places you must see
Taormina is Sicily’s most attractive town, but the honey-coloured Baroque beauties – Noto, Modica and Ragusa – in the south-west, and Cefalù to the north, are equally attractive to visitors. Also, you can’t forget the Greek temples of Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta.
Backpacking in Mount Etna
Some of the best hiking trails can be found near Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. To reach the summit, you’ll need to be accompanied by an official guide. But if your budget doesn’t allow for a guided tour, there are a few old volcanic craters you can explore around Refugio Sapienza instead.
The volcano is easily accessible by bus from Catania. Most hostels can organise a hiking trip on your behalf. Just ask at reception for more information.
Sicily has some of the best cuisine in Italy and that’s saying something. The island is famous for arancini (fried rice balls), gelato (ice cream), and range of sweets including the cannolo siciliano and cassata siciliana.
From shellfish, tuna and swordfish from the seas, and pistachios, almonds and ricotta from the farms. You’ll enjoy eating out in Sicily.
Eat cheap in Sicily
Eating well in Sicily doesn’t have to destroy your budget. Firstly, avoid buying food and drinks near tourist attractions as they are always more expensive.
If you have your own water bottle you can fill up at public taps and you easily visit a supermarket to pick up some bread, cheese and fruit for snacks. Every town and city has a fruit and veg market.
At these you can pick up some excellent ingredients if you want to cook at your hostel. If you want to eat out, then a restaurant meal with wine should only cost about €20.
Hostels are excellent as they allow you to buy and store food that you can cook yourself, saving you a lot of money as you travel.
Where to stay in Sicily on a budget
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