Sicily has a Mediterranean climate, but due to its mountain areas, the climate varies based on altitude and predominating winds (Mistral, Sirocco and less frequently Libeccio). In the coastal areas the influence of the sea is predominant (dry summers and mild winters), while in the interior the climate is more continental or even alpine based on altitude.
Average temperatures in Sicily by month:
January – Min 5°C Max 22°C
February – Min 5°C Max 22°C
March – Min 10°C Max 26°C
April – Min 12°C Max 27°C
May – Min 16°C Max 28°C
June – Min 18°C Max 30°C
July – Min 22°C Max 36°C
August – Min 26°C Max 42°C
September – Min 25°C Max 35°C
October – Min 15°C Max 22°C
November – Min 8°C Max 20°C
December – Min – 5°C Max 22°C
Almost all the big cities on the sea – first and foremost Palermo and Catania – and the surrounding tourist resorts offer vibrant night life during the summer months. If you’re looking for a perfect blend of sea, restaurants and night clubs, go for the areas of Mondello, Cefalù, San Vito Lo Capo or Marsala. We also recommend most of Eastern Sicily: Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Syracuse and Marina di Ragusa.
Many hotels throughout Sicily have rooms for guests with disabilities, but in some the process of upgrading services to make them fully usable by guests with reduced mobility is still under way. We suggest you check the progress of works against the planned date of your vacation.
Pure relaxation is guaranteed at the following structures, all situated on the smaller islands and sheltered from mass tourism:
Below are some of the hotels of the CharmingSicily group which welcome animals. Check on costs and availability when planning your vacation:
A private en-suite Jacuzzi is the hallmark of pure relaxation and creates an intimate ambience during a romantic weekend. We have listed the hotels with rooms and suites with Jacuzzi.
How to reach the Aeolian Islands
Catania Fontanarossa, Palermo Punta Raisi, Trapani and Reggio Calabria are the airports closest to these islands.
Airport – Port shuttle: At those airports you will find either private shuttle bus services or you can choose Giuntabus which is a bookable seasonal public service (+39 090673782).
By Sea: The Aeolian Islands can be easily reached either by hydrofoil or ferry from the ports of Milazzo, Messina, Reggio Calabria, Palermo and Naples (www.siremar.it or www.usticalines.it). Milazzo is the nearest port with ferry and hydrofoil departures every hour. Vehicles can be embarked at Milazzo and Naples. The last ferry departing Milazzo is the NGI leaving at 21:00 h. Naples is the nearest port for those coming from Northern or Central Italy; during the summer, two daily runs in hydrofoil are available, plus two ferry runs per week. Once you reach the island, there are several taxi services to take you to your hotel.
Car/Motorbike: In August, only cars and motorbikes belonging to tourists staying for at least one week are allowed on board the ferry. If you wish to take your car/motorbike, please advise your hotel well in advance so that a pass can be requested.
How to reach Favignana
Take the hydrofoil from Trapani directly to Favignana – a trip of about 30 minutes.
The companies operating hydrofoil services are Ustica Lines and Siremar (www.siremar.it or www.usticalines.it). We strongly recommend – especially in high season – that you make your hydrofoil bookings well in advance – during the summer months they are often completely sold out.
On Favignana in the summer months driving private vehicles is allowed for residents only while visitors’ vehicles are subject to restrictions. We suggest you avoid boarding your car, as you would need authorisation to use it on the island. We suggest you rent a moped on the spot – the best way of touring the island.
How to reach Pantelleria
Daily flights with stopover at Palermo and Trapani operated by Meridiana
Charter flights from Bergamo and Bologna and other connections also available.
From 15 June – 15 September (dates may vary) many other routes direct from Italy with Blue Express.
A daily ferry service operates from the ports of Trapani and Mazara del Vallo, operated by Siremar and Usticalines (www.siremar.it or www.usticalines.it).