Sicily at any time of year is one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, but you are really in for a treat if you book a getaway in springtime. The festivals, the sights, the sea, the food and the people will stir something in you, a zest for life and love – forget Paris – Sicily in spring is the new romance capital of the world!
Sicily is the largest (and most beautiful) of the Mediterranean islands, sitting just off the toe of the boot of Italy, and is certainly alive with the passion and romance of the country. This is perhaps not better demonstrated than a visit in the springtime. That’s when Sicily really comes into its own with beautiful blooming wildflowers, a cooler climate, and an explosion of colours from Mother Nature – who is quite simply just showing off here. The mountains, islands, ruggedly volcanic landscape and crystal seas will take your breath away. And there are fewer people – as peak times are in the summer months – so this is always a good reason to visit somewhere with such unspoilt beauty.
Natural parks and volcano
Oh and speaking of volcanoes, there happens to be a small-ish one here! Sicily is home to the famous Mount Etna – the tallest active volcano in Europe. Dominating the skyline of the town of Catania, Etna has played a unique role in sculpting the landscape. A visit to the surrounding natural parks is a must for anyone even considering setting foot on the island. Especially for those interested in wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic golden eagle soaring above the mountains into the blue sky, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna to keep any nature lover in heaven.
UNESCO world heritage sites
For the history buffs, Sicily boasts no less than seven UNESCO world heritage sites, including many Grecian and Roman ruins. They are ready to be captured with a beautiful photograph as the light hits just right at sundown. Possibly the most famous of these is the Valle Di Templi (Valley of the Temples) an outstanding example of Grecian architecture dating back thousands of years. Its surroundings are just as magical, with olive groves and vineyards to transport you to a different time – when Italy was the cradle of the world. Invoke your inner gladiator and walk in the footprints of the Greek and Roman empires!
There’s no shortage of activity on the island too, and you can choose to explore this diverse land on horseback, hiking or biking. Go get yourself lost down the backstreets of Sicily’s picturesque towns, cobbled streets and charming villages. You’re literally in another world here – and spring time just brings it alive. And have we mentioned the beaches? No?! What were we thinking?! Almost round every corner you’ll stumble across the gorgeous white sand, in romantic coves where the sea could not get any bluer. Please take us back now!
So where can we stay?! I hear you cry. Sicily has plenty of top class accommodation to suit every taste, including hotels, bed and breakfast and resorts. But perhaps the most exhilarating (and romantic – everyone likes romance in springtime) are the villas in Sicily to rent. This is something a little bit extra special – many with a private pool, beautiful views, and luxurious amenities. Go with a partner, go with friends, or go on your own! You deserve it.
But don’t go just yet because we’ve not actually mentioned what people really come here for! In fact, what draws people to Sicily from all over the world the most – is the food of course! And the wine. Let’s not forget the wine! The weather and climate make Sicily the perfect place to grow the grape – and it shows in the fabulous vino on offer. Walking in a vineyard at sunset is simply bliss. And springtime brings an abundance of freshly grown (and caught) produce that the region is famous for.
Foodies will love spring festivals such as Sagra Della Seppia in March (a feast for all kinds of cuttlefish) and the Sagra Della ricotta e del Formaggio in April (a festival of ricotta – one of the oldest festivals on the island). Sicilians pride themselves on their cheese, and we can definitely understand why! Let’s not forget the fruit festivals, including one dedicated to the blood orange – revered here to be the finest example in the world. With all this delicious, healthy Mediterranean fare on offer, you might actually struggle to leave the island and just eat!
And even more festivals
February isn’t just all about Valentine’s Day in Sicily – although you would be hard-pressed to find a better place to bring your loved one to sweep them off their feet! The Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento is based on local folklore and marks the first almond blossoms of the year, with celebrations of food, music and dancing. The Taormina Carnival takes place in February and March, where the town becomes a delightful procession of floats, with a grand prize for the best. With accompanying music and games, no festival is really complete without fireworks, to make visiting in spring truly spectacular.