Ever considered a holiday to Sicily in spring?
With temperatures averaging in the early twenties and it still being pre-tourist season, visiting Sicily during spring is a particularly rewarding period, especially if you love soaking up a touch of culture and a local festival or two. Sleepy villages start to awaken in preparation for the summer months, so there’s a lovely authentic air still hanging around, giving you an insight into local life.
Festivals in Sicily during Spring
Festivals taking place during April and May include Easter, where you’ll find that no matter where you’re staying on the island, festivities and processions are in full swing and fantastic seasonal dishes such as mpanatigghi cakes (biscuits from Modica typically filled with almonds, chocolate and cinnamon) and cassata (a sponge cake with sweetened ricotta cream, marzipan and candied fruits and pumpkin) and Easter lamb are on the menu.
Mpanatigghi cakes, image credit: S.Leggio | Shutterstock
Infiorata also takes place during the third weekend of May in the south-eastern town of Noto. This flower festival decorates the town’s main streets in a series of colourful floral tapestries in a mosaic fashion, and several parades through the town give Noto a carnival-like feel for the weekend.
Infiorata flower display, image credit: Banet | Shutterstock
Teatro Greco is a fantastic cultural event which takes place between May and June, where many emotive and comical plays are performed in the ancient Greek Theatre in Syracuse. It’s one of Sicily’s most prestigious events, and well worth experiencing if you’re in Sicily in May or June.
Apart from these wonderful spring-time festivals, this time of the year is perfect for getting out and about without getting too hot. Hiking around Mount Etna’s crater is a fantastic daytime activity, or perhaps embarking on a historical walk around Agrigento and exploring the Valley of the Temples – it’s entirely up to you. If you want to find out more about what there is to see in each of Sicily’s five regions, have a read our comprehensive online guide.
Valley of the Temples, image credit: silky | Shutterstock
Where to stay in Sicily in spring?
The Lemon House | Savoca
A beautiful, intimate bed and breakfast, The Lemon House is a chic and stylish property, offering a wonderful base for a spring holiday in Sicily. Explore the nearby town of Savoca, an authentic town with lots of ancient churches and quaint cafés to discover, or head south to Taormina and the mesmerising Mount Etna.
Above: Savoca. Image credit: Anna Lurye | Shutterstock
Alba Palace Hotel | Favara
Encompassing authentic Sicily along with a luxury holiday experience perfectly, you'll find Alba Palace Hotel close to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. With only 17 guest rooms and superb wellness facilities, whether you opt to explore the local area or indulge in the spa, you're experience here will be unforgettable.
La Foresteria Planeta Estate | Menfi
An idyllic escape for wine lovers, La Foresteria can be found nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Menfi vineyard in Southern Sicily. Sample the homegrown wine, enjoy the exquisite, locally sourced cuisine and relax in the hotel's infinity pool - what more could you wish for?
NH Collection Taormina | Taormina
A chic and sophisticated hotel located on the hills above Taormina, NH Collection Taormina is the perfect choice for a luxury getaway in a prime location. Just a short stroll will bring you into the town, where exclusive boutique shops and superb cafés and restaurants await, along with plenty of historical landmarks, such as the Greek Theatre, which are sure to keep you occupied for hours.
Taormina Greek Theatre, image credit: K. Roy Zerloch | Shutterstock
If you’re now feeling inspired to book a spring holiday to Sicily, take a look at our Holidays Ideas page, or our Holiday Deals.
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