Sicily in May

It is very warm in Sicily in May!

Sicily in May 2024 – is it worth going? Weather, average temperature, what to wear, is it possible to swim, how is it busy, prices in hotels and on tours. What to do in Sicily in early May and a bit later, where to visit with or without kids – in the review of good Time for Trip.

Sicily is the main island of Italy. Not only because of the size – many people consider it an extremely interesting place. With a lot of really original and even unique sights!

Do you prefer Sardinia? Today it has become too glamorous and overly beachy destination. Because self-sufficient and well-to-do tourists have found that Italian island suitable for wasting money.

Naturally, the locals adapted. First of all, by increasing the prices – Sardinian hotels are expensive even in the off-season.

On the contrary, Sicily is still provincial and patriarchal place. That firmly stands with one foot in the past and looks at the present with distrust – there is nothing to say about the future.

In addition, Sicily has a lot of fascinating attractions and interesting traditions. By the way, many of the last ones have little in common with the well-known customs of Italy.

As for May – that time Sicily is looking very nice. Has not yet suffocated from the searing summer heat and looks like a desirable place for vacationing by the sea

Is it Dangerous in Sicily

It is widely known that this island is considered not the safest place in Europe – the glory of the “homeland of the mafia” scares people. Although not so fearful ones, on the contrary, are happy to go to see Corleone, the real-life homeland of the fictional “Godfather”.

So in fact, the main problem of modern Sicily is bad roads. However, there is an opinion that they are specially keeping in this state. So that the money for repairs goes… you know where.

Doesn’t that afraid of you? Then read on – say we to those people who can afford themselves to spend a holiday in Sicily during May. Obviously in not as promoted and famous tourist place as the same Turkish Bodrum or Greek island Rhodes, but extremely good!

You can swim in Sicily at the end of May

Weather in Sicily in May

Сharacterized by an abundance of sunlight and very little rain. Although the air temperature does not allow to talk about the onset of the high season.

The locals will even say that in early May the weather in Sicily is quite cool. And they will be right about something – in that time the air temperature hardly reaches + 22-24 °C during the day. And it falls into obvious pessimism – not higher than + 15-16 °C – at night.

Rains, however, are rare: it may drip a little (at night), and by morning there will be no trace left. The overcast days are in a huge minority – the end of spring in Sicily is distinguished by predominantly clear weather

So take sun cream and other practical things with you – they will come in handy on this sea!

By the middle and in the end of May in Sicily it’ getting warmer – up to + 26-30 degrees Celsius by noon. In the evenings it gets colder up to + 18-20 ° C – the vacationers also need some break.

Therefore, some warm clothes in your luggage will not be superfluous. But you don’t need to stuff suitcase with sweaters! Unless you decide to climb Mount Etna in the wee hours.

It is much more practical to come here in the end of spring with a half-empty suitcase. After all, you can bring home from Italy not only souvenirs!

Sea Temperature

Judging by the reviews, few people visiting Sicily in early May are going to swim. Which is understandable – in this period the Mediterranean Sea is warmed up to only +16-18 °C.

A German tourist, of course, will only laugh at it – in the North Sea is not warmer even in summer. Do not fail to swim in such conditions and the Scandinavian, as well as the British.

But someone, of course, will wait the onset of a bit warmer weather.

Moreover, by the middle of May, the swimming season in Sicily is gradually coming into its own. And the beaches of Mondello and Cefalu, San Vito lo Capo, Taormina little by little are filling up with tourists.

In the coastal waters, warming up to + 20-22, even a doubtful vacationer begins to timidly enter. Naturally, it is best to do this after dinner. But not later than 5-6 pm.

Prices 2024

Are you used to planning vacation by your own? In our case – this is the right choice!

Indeed, at the dawn of the beach season, prices in Sicilian hotels will not make you complain about the incredible high cost.

A room in a good family hotel in the popular resort of Taormina or nearby villages in early May will cost around € 80-90 per two per night. And this is not only normal, but even inexpensive!!

Pay attention to the cozy Carly & Dane Vacation House, whose rooms, hosts and views are clearly deserved a lot of appreciate. No wonder this guest house got it – 9.2 on Booking!

Hotel Villa Nettuno must be recognized as an atmospheric place with excellent breakfasts and the same views. Although it is located far from the coast, guests highly praised this place in the reviews – “charming spot close to everything you’d want to do in Taormina”.

Also, check out B&B La Terrazza Sul Mare Taormina that offers wonderful sea views from its terrace. And, by the way, “excellent breakfasts” are included in the price of accommodation.

Panoramic sea views from the windows and a private pool tempt would-be vacationers and Hotel Isola Bella. From which to the famous beach, there is nothing to go!

What to Do in Sicily in May

Even if you are aiming mainly at the beach pastime, do not be lazy! Rent a car and visit some of the must-see places of Sicily. Moreover, the May weather here not only allows – it contributes to the implementation of such a plan.

Driving around the island is quite easy due to not the densest traffic. Not the best quality of the road – not your sadness!

Any trip around the island usually starts from exploring its capital, Palermo. The largest and (possibly) interesting city of Sicily.

In the reviews you can find complaints about the dirt and the abundance of garbage. And this, alas, is true. But if you make an effort and try not to focus on the negative things, you can have fun.

Because the number of interesting places in Palermo and its environs is quite large. Therefore, you’ll have to strain yourself for visiting at least the main attractions in 1 day

However, the guide will help you! The best representatives of this profession organize everything in such a way that you won’t even notice: the day has passed – your memory is overweight with facts and impressions.

Be sure to visit Monreale – not to see the local cathedral with colorful frescoes, executed in the Byzantine technique, is simply a crime. In May, it is worth planning a 2-3-day vacation in the seaside town Cefalu, which is east of Palermo.

Although many travelers at this time are going to leave for San Vito lo Capo. One of the best beach resorts in Italy!


Naturally, one should not deliberately ignore the main island symbol. After all, everyone knows that the famous Mount Etna is not just located in Sicily! But in principle, it is easily accessible even for non-professional climbers.

A rare tourist will miss the opportunity to test his own nerves and luck by going to the top. After all, this volcano actually has a restless character: it regularly breathes steam and spits lava. And do it in the most unexpected places!

The easiest way to get to Etna is from Catania: regular AST buses run to the lower cable car station in Rifugio Sapienza. They depart directly from the city center (from the station at Piazza Giovanni XXII).

It is possible to climb Etna in Sicily during May

A sightseeing tour of Catania, one of the most colorful local cities, is also able to cut into memory. But the old Messina, alas, was badly damaged by an earthquake at the beginning of the 20th century and never recovered!

Syracuse, the birthplace of the great Archimedes, attracts with the ruins of a large Greek city, once the most powerful in Sicily. Tourists will be also charmed by the narrow streets of the old town on the island Ortigia.

Temles and Staircase of the Turks

The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is another popular attraction in Sicily (entry ticket can be bought online). The remains of as many as TEN ancient Greek temples built long before the advent of our era – where else will you see this?

It’s possible to get to the Valley of the Temples by public transport. First by train from Palermo and then by bus lines 1, 1/, 2, 2/, 3, 3/ from Agrigento. You can also walk if able to master the distance of 6.5 kilometers.

Nearby, near the town of Porto Empedocle, there is an amazingly beautiful seaside cliff – the Staircase of the Turks. You can get there in May by car, but in the summer there is a regular bus.

Modica and Ragusa? Both has expressively beautiful and have preserved the authentic buildings of the beginning of the 18th century. But, of course, not every traveler included these places in their program – getting to them is not too easy.


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Traveling is like a life: the further you go, the more understand. I am not a writer or a journalist, but believe that my real & reach experience gained on trips can be useful. The whole Europe and Turkey are enough for me so far... Spent a lot of time in Turkey, lived in Italy and Spain, visited France and the Czech Republic, Greece and Hungary, now I am exploring Montenegro)

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