We discuss all the benefits and rewards of embarking on a holiday to the island of Sicily during October.
Looking to pay a visit to Sicily but want to avoid the holiday crowds of high season? You have a number of options when it comes to choosing a quieter period to holiday in Sicily, but you'll struggle to find a month which ticks as many boxes as October, promising a diverse and rewarding time on the island with countless opportunities.
There are several reasons why we'd recommend a holiday to Sicily in October, from the more bearable temperatures to the quieter the cities to name but a few. While high season departs, many of the factors which make Sicily such a glorious summer holiday destination do not, some of which we have listed below to help convince you further! So, without further delay, here's some reasons to visit and things to do in Sicily in October...
The heat drops
While many will flock to the island in search of blazing heat which they can enjoy around the pool or on the beach, the high temperatures experienced between June and September can be quite debilitating when it comes to hoping for some exploration further afield. If you're the type who isn't all for relaxing in the sun on the sand, the weather in Sicily in October may well present the perfect time for you to visit the island. The lower temperatures experienced in October are far less draining, making day trips and city exploration much more bearable. While the temperatures do drop, you'll still enjoy average highs of around 25 degrees, ensuring a trip to the beach or a laze around the pool still won't be out of the question.
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Take to the cities
Locals and tourists alike prefer to escape the cities during the intense heat of the summer, but they'll still be crowded during the high season, making them a slightly uncomfortable experience to explore. Sicily is blessed by countless beautiful and incredible cities, so it is best to absorb them in as much comfort as possible. Whether you opt for Palermo, Modica, Syracuse or Noto during your October escape, you'll enjoy all of their culture, history and architecture without the need to find shade and refreshment every five minutes!
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Explore the great outdoors
Due to Sicily's weather in October, the island offers very pleasant temperatures for some outdoor exploration and activities, introducing you to a whole other side of Sicily's character. There are numerous ways to get active across the island, from a round of golf or a cycling route, to beach sports or even hiking up Mount Etna and around the surrounding landscapes.
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Escape the crowds
It may well be an obvious attraction, but avoiding the primary holiday rush experienced in July and August will allow you to enjoy much less crowded beaches, properties, cities and historical sites. While there are endless benefits of visiting Sicily during the heart of the summer, for those after a little more peace and quiet, October is the ideal time to head off and see the island, away from the summer crowds.
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Where to stay in Sicily
Apartments Macchia Mare
Enjoy the year's last month of warm temperatures and lovely sunshine by staying in these perfectly positioned apartments beside the sea. Apartments Macchia Mare are basic and comfortable properties boasting an ideal location next to the ocean, while only being a short drive from the beautiful Baroque city of Modica.
The Lemon House
One of our new properties for 2018, The Lemon House is a beautifully presented B&B in Savoca, a little north of Taormina. With only four guest rooms, you can expect top-notch service, and the added benefit of a pool will help you soak up the sunshine comfortably on the hotter October days. Explore the enticing beauty of Savoca just 6km away, discovering the churches and tasty 'granita' in this quiet, crumbling hill village.
La Foresteria Planeta Estate
A stunning property located on among the rolling hills of the Menfi vineyard, La Foresteria Planeta Estate is an ideal choice for a relaxing, wine and food-filled October holiday in Sicily. The infinity pool overlooks the stunning vineyards, and you can even learn to cook traditional Sicilian recipes during daily cooking classes with the head chef. You can also enjoy a day by the coast, as the sandy beach of Porto Pollo is just a short drive away.
Grand Hotel Minareto
Offering waterfront luxury with breathtaking views across to Syracuse and Ortigia, as well as boasting its own private section of beach, Grand Hotel Minareto offers a unique stay in one of the island's most desirable locations. There is so much to enjoy during a stay at this 5* luxury hotel, from its two calm coves and wine house, to its wonderful spa and superb on-site restaurants. This is a Sicily stay at its best.
Fancy perusing the rest of our property collection? Take a look at our accommodation page for some extra inspiration.
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