With its all-year-round sunny climate, Sicily is the perfect place for a winter break. Average temperatures are around 10 degrees in December-February, and the beauty of travelling in winter is that you can escape the crowds and pay less for it.
There are excellent out-of-season hostel deals available during this period. Sicily has always been a massive lure for travellers, so here are a few reasons why you should visit over winter.
#1 Awesome festivals
Sicily’s most dramatic festivals take place during the winter months. If you travel during the low season, you can experience the Festa di Sant’Agata in Catania from February 3-5. In Agrigento, there are a host of spectacular festivals in December, but make sure to bring your camera for the Almond Blossom festival in February. It’s one of the most beautiful celebrations in Sicily.
December is also a great time for Christmas decorations and the streets of Palermo, Catania and Taormina will be a luminous experience for all travellers.
#2 Incredible food
Winter is a great time to sample the local cuisine, with mushrooms and chestnuts being a seasonal favourite. From cannoli to arancini, you can’t go wrong when eating out in Sicily. Gastronomically it’s one of the best places to Italy to eat out, and with the colder temperatures you have that extra excuse to eat more hot pasta, pizza and risottos.
#3 Less tourists!
If you want to explore Sicily’s treasure trove of cultural and historical attractions, then you’ll find fewer crowds at Valley of the Temples and the Roman-Greco amphitheatre. Also, the same rule applies to Taormina, where you’ll find the streets refreshingly free of visitors.
If you travel over winter, then you’ll also find most restaurants are glad to see you. Discounts are frequently available and they’ll give you far more attention than during the high season.
#4 Go skiing in Mount Etna
There is usually snow in Nebrodi and Madonie over the winter months, and if you’re the sporty type then you can even go skiing on Mount Etna!
#5 Cheaper accommodation
We have excellent availability in Sicily and you can stay in Palermo, Catania, Ragusa and Taormina for under €15 per night. If you want to sleep cheap this winter, then find out where you can stay here and live the high-life on a budget when you book with HostelsClub!
*Header image by Apostolis Giontzis (Flickr/Creative Commons)