Aside from being the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is also known for its numerous ancient sites, panoramic views, black and white beaches, and Sicilian cuisine. It is home to over 5 million people and its capital city is Palermo. Sicily has something for everyone. Whether you like big cities, small towns, or striking countryside sights, Sicily has got your first visit covered. 

Sicily has a huge cultural heritage. Each city and small town each have their traditions, history, and architectural designs. It is a very diverse region with a mixture of Greek, Spanish, French and Arab influences which is predominantly visible in the architecture and cuisine.

For those making their first visit to Sicily, here are a couple of tips to ensure your visit is smooth, marvellous, and memorable.

Best time to travel to Sicily

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[View of the Aeolian Islands]

This is a place where you can travel at any time but if you’re not a fan of big crowds and hot temperatures, I would suggest visiting from March to June and October to November. This will be during the spring or fall time.

If you prefer higher temperatures, try visiting in late July, August, or September. They’ll also be larger crowds meaning so many hotels and resorts will be at their busiest. I suggest planning your trip earlier to avoid missing out.

Travelling around Sicily

tips for getting around Sicily

Make sure you logically plan your sightseeing routes so that you don’t waste a lot of time travelling. I would highly recommend renting a car to move around the island. It will give you a lot of freedom and flexibility during your stay in Sicily. During the road trip, remember to visit the Aeolian Islands.

Climbing Mount Etna

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[Mt Etna off in the distance]

This is the highest active volcanic mountain in Europe. If you are ready for an adventure, book a full day, bring some warm clothes and go hiking in Mt Etna. During winter you can ski down. For those that can’t go hiking, you can still see the best breathtaking view of the Mountain from the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina or busy Via Etna street in Catania. The mountain can still be visible even from the highways.

 

Cuisines to try 

Sicily restaurant

With a blend of different cultures, local Sicilian cuisine is something that is a must-do in Sicily. You can understand and appreciate other people’s culture by sampling their food. Some of the things you should try include granita-a frosted dessert water, sugar, and other flavourings, sfincione-a rustic Sicilian-style pizza, polpo bollito-a boiled mini-octopus, and arancina-deep-fried saffron rice ball coated with bread crumbs.

arancina deep fried rice balls

Activities in Sicily

hiking in Sicily

When you are through exploring ancient sites, there are thrilling water activities that can be done on the island of Sicily. Canoeing, surfing, jet skiing, and even rafting in the rivers. You can never get bored.

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