Sicily in April 2024 – is it worth going on vacation? Weather, air temperature, is possible to swim, prices in hotels and on tours. What to do in Sicily in early April and close to May, where to visit – found out good Time for Trip.
With the exception of the hottest months the island of Sicily still does not belong to the immensely popular tourist destinations in Italy. Only aesthetes still come here in the off-season, those, who prefer walking in the labyrinths of medieval streets than visiting advertised attractions or lying on the beaches.
So, in April, Sicily lives a quiet and peaceful life: predictable and unhurried. Having of undoubted interest both for native Sicilians and those travelers who are tired of the ubiquitous tourist rivers, that flow in April through the streets of Rome and Venice, Milan and Florence. Not leaving themselves and others the opportunity for privacy and tranquility.
Are you ready to take a non-standard step and become a little more individualist than dictated by modern unwritten, but widely entrenched rules of behavior in society? Then you should “taste” Sicily in April!
Moreover, planning such a trip will not take much time – in any case, you meet in a couple of days. And the total costs for it will not break through even in a modest vacation budget!
Weather in Sicily in April
is characterized by an abundance of warm and sunny days. That is, it certainly guarantees that you won’t change your excursion plans much.
It will almost certainly be warm, but not too hot. Already in early April in Sicily, the air temperature often reaches +20 degrees Celsius (or +68 °F). Closer to May, in Palermo, on the east coast, in Taormina, the air can warm up to +26-28 °C (+78.8-82.4 °F).
Nights in April in Sicily are usually much colder. For most of the month after sunset, the local atmosphere cools down to +5-10°C.
In early April 2023, in Palermo, for example, air temperatures were regularly recorded to drop to +5-8 °C. It never doesn’t come to frosts here. But for evening walks in mountainous areas or on the coast, you need to wear sufficiently warm jackets.
However, in Sicily in April it is quite dry – the average monthly rainfall does not exceed 30-35 mm. So in the middle of spring, you will most likely be able to walk the streets of Palermo or Catania, Trapani or Syracuse all day.
April is also a great time to climb Mount Etna. The main volcano of Europe and the most famous sights of Sicily.
At the End of the Month
the weather however clearly took a course for summer. And the sun regularly pierced the atmosphere to +25-27 °C. Nature bloomed and smelled, the sky was gently blue, as if rejoicing that it sees such an optimistic picture below.
A few tourists went happy because they knew that they had made an exceptionally right choice by arriving at Sicily in a such a right time. And then they sat contentedly in the city taverns, devouring the original Italian foods like Sicilian pizza, pasta Alla Norma and eating delicious gelato.
Daredevils even went swimming in the middle of the day – although the sea off the coast of Sicily even in the end of April is not suitable for taking water baths. Since on the east, the warmest coast of the island, the water that time never warms up above +17-18 °C.
Rains in the middle of spring in Sicily are infrequent – usually 2-3 times a month. But the sky is often covered with clouds.
Cloudy days make a noticeable competition with sunny ones, if they don’t outnumber them at all. Often there is a misty haze in the air. Slightly overshadowing the festive mood, but in general doesn’t interfere in any way with enjoying traveling in Sicily.
Fortunately, the local nature fully uses the off-season in order to bloom. And you will not meet such a riot of colors as in April in Palermo or in Taormina at any other time of the year.
Because in the summer in Sicily, the withering heat is literally piling up, forcing the greens to burn out and shrink. And in the middle of autumn, it is no longer up to flowering – rainy November is on the threshold, followed by winter.
What to Wear
In most cases, there is no need to walk in winter or even fall clothes – Sicily is so warmed by the sun that it cools down slightly during the whole winter. But in some places: in the mountains or in the evening on the coast, a jacket or a pullover won’t be superfluous.
If you’re going to spend holidays on April Sicily with kids you should definitely take with you more warm clothes. But not to overdo and leave a place in your luggage for a lot of souvenirs and original gizmos that you will probably buy in Italy.
Also it’s more correct to leave at home raincoats and rubber boots. But be sure to bring comfortable hiking shoes with you.
Because every first tourist who is going to explore Sicily intends to ascend Mount Etna. Well, if you don’t climb to the very top, then at least admire the panoramas opening from the edge of one of the easily accessible craters like Silvestri.
- 3-day weather forecast in Catania – worldweather.wmo.int/en/city.html?cityId=2071
The lack of a pronounced tourist interest in Sicily both at the beginning and end of April has the most beneficial effect on prices. As a result, for some 70-90 € per night, a couple of travelers will be able to book a room or rent an entire apartment almost in the center of Palermo.
Take, for example, the spacious Stella Polara, located a kilometer from the city cathedral. For a week of rent in April 2023, the owners ask for about 600 €.
In the presence of all necessary equipment. The only serious disadvantage is the 4th floor in a building without an elevator. Which is compensated by a very good view from the window.
Residence Il Capo also looks like an excellent option for those who are ready to rent a flat for a week (serious discount).
The tourists who had lived in it before left mostly excellent reviews. They praise both the location and the good technical equipment of the apartments, as well as the friendliness of the owners.
In Taormina, prices are generally a bit higher. But even in this popular resort town you can rent an apartment for a small amount – subject to early booking.
First of all, we will draw your attention to the small (only 25 m2), but equipped with everything necessary Il Rosmarino Apartment. Located in a quiet location, but not too far from the center – the cathedral can be reached in 10 minutes.
As for excursions, you can seriously save money in comparison with the summer months. The same ascent to Etna as part of an organized group from Catania will cost 55-60 € per person. A 3-hour walking tour of Palermo will ruin the traveler for only 35-40 €.
What to Do in Sicily in April
In short, too many. All or most of the available options are outlined in our detailed but compact guide on the topic “What You Can Do in Sicily“.
We will advise you to start with its capital, so that then you can unwind the spiral of your journey around the island strictly counterclockwise. The number of attractions in Palermo allows you to stay in the city for a couple of days.
For that period you will have time to see the cathedral and the Palatine Chapel. Then visit a couple of outstanding churches and – of course – go to Monreale.
Someone manages to pay a visit to Cefalu. But once we spent a whole week in this town, and sure that there is no need to go to it before May.
Erice, the town on the rock and the mafia-infested Corleone can be linked in one route. If you dare to rent a car in Sicily and not get lost in the intricacies of provincial roads.
The right step would be to get to Segesta, that in April is visited only by a few tourists. Also explore the Selinunte Archaeological Park, a little-known but unique place where 8 ancient temples have been preserved.
Next On the List
we would put the Turkish Steps and “The Valley of the Temples” in Agrigento. And – if possible – the towns of Modica and Ragusa.
No tourist trip to Sicily is usually complete without a visit to Syracuse. At the same time, the famous Taormina can be left for the holiday season.
The “cherry on the cake” can be the ascent to Etna. Although many of our friends deliberately refused to do this – they simply couldn’t understand what special the most active volcano in Europe could offer travelers. And that’s why they just enjoyed the views that open from the lower station of the cable car!
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