Sicily in October 2023: is it worth going? Weather, sea temperature, is it possible to swim, what to wear, prices in hotels and on excursions. What to do in Sicily in the beginning of October and close to November, where to visit – in the material of good Time for Trip.
Whatever they say, but Sicily is primarily one of the top beach destinations in Italy. And only then a place that has expressed cultural and historical maybe even gastronomic value!
So most of the people arriving on the main Italian island at first are interested where is it possible to swim and sunbath here.
The answer to it is, in principle, obvious – wherever there are beaches. Of course, if we are talking about the period June-August or September. But in October, Sicily no longer looks like such a hot and literally burning region.
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Weather in Sicily in October
Guidebooks and weather forecasters say out loud that, although “there is no trace of the summer heat,” the local climate in mid-autumn doesn’t allow you to complain too much about the coolness. Judging by the specific figures, everything is really quite worthy.
And even chic!
Especially if you remember that most European countries at this time are actively preparing for the arrival of winter. And the issues of housing heating are of interest to the population much more than the likelihood of a sunny day and sea temperature.
Truly – vacationers in Sicily in early October don’t have to think about the onset of cold weather. After all, it’s such a good and sunny time in the yard!
In early October weather in Sicily is warm, and street thermometers are still full of optimism. And in some days they can even touch +30 ° C at the noon.
But then, in the second decade, daily air temperatures drop to the level of +22-24 °C. At the same time, which is commendable, there is not a downward trend typical of the middle of European autumn, but healthy stability.
Until the end of October, the weather in Sicily – equally in Palermo or Taormina – keeps the mark. And during the daytime tries to warm the air up to at least +20 °C.
At night, the atmosphere, of course, cools down. The duration of daylight hours is not enough to calcine it to high temperatures.
After sunset, even in seaside resorts like Taormina on the east coast of Sicily it’s usually up to +16-18 ° C. And jackets brought by travelers from home will be absolutely in place.
don’t pour like buckets. But you should mentally prepare for a fairly high probability of this weather event. Indeed, according to meteorological statistics, Sicily in October is not the most serene place on the planet.
65-70mm of precipitation per month – not so little! And tourists are unlikely to be greatly consoled by the fact that there are only 3-4 frankly rainy days in Sicily in the middle of autumn – and the sun shines brightly on the rest. Well, or at least often peeking out from behind the clouds.
Winds don’t seem to have a frankly debilitating effect on the psyche. But against the background of not the highest air temperatures, their presence can be felt.
It is alleged that the sea off the coast of Sicily at the beginning of October is warmed up to +24-25 °C. Moreover, in the east of the island, where the famous Taormina or such a popular resort as Letojani is located, it seems to be warmer than in the west. And swimming will please not only young and hardened citizens, but also mothers with small kids.
As well as sedate vacationers 40+ years old, who love comfort and warmth. And therefore would rather refuse sea baths than climb into cold water.
Then the water area begins to cool. Not swiftly, but in Sicilian slowly.
That is, you have the right to expect water heated to +22-23 °C in the middle of the month, and up to +20-21 °C – at its end.
Clearly, these are not tropical conditions. But they still leave “behind the flag” most of the European resorts – as in Italy, as in Spain or Greece.
A hotel room or apartment (of good quality) for two can be rented for 50-60 € per day. It depends on the location and proximity to the sea, of course, but the bottom line for decent options at the beginning of the month is something like this.
Pay attention, for example, to Sisidda Rooms & Breakfast in the heart of San Vito lo Capo. The location of this small hotel allows you to completely devote yourself to a beach holiday, as well as organize a rich cultural leisure.
After all, the wonderful town of Erice is only about 40 km along the highway. About the same amount you need to overcome to get to Trapani. And Palermo with all its attractions can be reached in a couple of hours – the distance is 110 km.
The Tony & Doris Home apartments in Giardini Naxos, near Taormina, are distinguished by the comfort and attention to detail of the owners. It is located a few minutes from the sea and very close to Taormina.
What to Do in Sicily in October
There will be no shortage of entertainment! Especially if you decide not to limit yourself to travel and rent a car.
To climb Mount Etna, it is not particularly needed – buses from Catania run regularly to the foot of the famous volcano, to the camp in Rifugio Sapienza. And then – you know, you sit on the funicular and go up!
But in order to see more interesting places in Sicily, an individual vehicle will not hurt. For only with its help you can quickly ride from the north of the island to its south, from the west to the east coasts.
You will be able to see the best sights of Palermo: the mass of Baroque churches and the Norman Palace. Visit Monreale to admire frescoes in its legendary cathedral. Get to the seaside town Cefalu, climb the mountains to the medieval eagle’s nest Erice…
Thoroughly explore the province of Trapani, visit the famous temple in Segesta and the archaeological park Selinunte. Within the latter, 8 ancient Greek temples of varying degrees of ruin have been preserved. And this is a world record!
Much more tourists are attracted by the Valley Temples near Agrigento, in southern Sicily. Even in October, before the start of storms, it would be useful to personally appreciate the uniqueness and natural formation nearby, the snow-white Stairs of the Turks near Porto Empedocle.
In the middle part of the island, guidebooks out loud recommend paying attention to Modica and Ragusa. Not just authentic Italian towns, firmly stuck in the past, but also a kind of open-air architectural museums.
The fact is that they had to be hastily rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693. And therefore, a significant number of city houses are decided in the same style – baroque.
Syracuse and Taormina
The city of Archimedes, Syracuse, on the east coast, beckons with well-preserved monuments of the ancient era. Those travelers who visit the most comfortable ancient settlement on the island of Ortija will also experience moments of real bliss.
Well, those who manage to settle there, and not expensively – Residence Emozioni Ortigia – will consider themselves chosen one at all!
Naturally worth seeing the main attractions of Taormina. A seaside resort known since the first half of the 18th century, which was willingly visited by people whose names have been immortalized in history.
If time permits, take a walking tour of Catania. But Messina, another large island city, the first to meet a traveler who arrived in Sicily by car, will offer tourists a little interesting. The reason is banal – it was thoroughly rebuilt just over a century ago.