Averages for Sicily in February
Much like January, February is also one of the coldest times of the year to visit Sicily. Temperatures will reach a maximum of around 13°C during the day, dropping to 8°C on an evening, so be prepared and pack plenty of warm clothing. It’s very likely you’ll experience rain at least once during your stay, so pack an umbrella, too.
Dates for the diary
Carnevale is celebrated throughout February and March when the streets come alive with singing, dancing, theatre, food and parades. Carnevale attracts over 200,000 visitors each year and is a must-see during your visit to Sicily.
Things to do
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy a trip to Temple of Concord, a perfectly preserved ancient temple that has been towering over Agrigento for more than two thousand years. Similar in style to the Acropolis, the temple is nonetheless unique in design and attracts millions of tourists and history buffs each year. The area is spotlessly clean and the temple is in amazing condition and the temples are lined with olive trees that are hundreds of years old.
Make time to take a trip up the Stromboli Volcano during your stay. If you choose to do an excursion, you can climb 900m to the top of the volcano or stop about half way. Alternatively, you can make your own way up the volcano and go as far as you please. During your climb you’ll see some amazing views and – if you time it correctly – a beautiful sunset.
Stromboli Volcano, Sicily.
Where to eat & drink
Diverse and friendly, La Matrioska is an Italian restaurant that goes beyond Italy’s boundaries to serve incredible Mediterranean dishes from Spain, Greece and southern Mediterranean. The menu includes mostly seafood dishes, all of which are fresh and tasty.
The Nord Sud is a French / Italian restaurant that specialises in delicious crepes (both savoury and sweet) as well as healthy salads and various other tasty snacks. This eatery is an instant hit with children thanks to its cosy décor and delicious sweet treats. The menu is large and the prices relatively low considering the amount of food and the high quality of its dishes.
In the bar owner’s own words, the Time Out Pub is where “Sicily meets Ireland” and this charming, cosy pub is indeed an intriguing pub with a great blend of Irish and Italian influences. The pub is also known for televising all major sports events on its numerous wall-mounted TV screens, attracting sports fans who don’t want to miss that all-important game.
Where to stay
The family-owned Hotel Palladio prides itself on taking care of its guests and offering top quality service. The hotel provides a great selection of services and amenities, including air conditioning, free WiFi, library, solarium, restaurant, bar, free room service and a breakfast buffet.
Hotel Palladio, Sicily.
The Albergo Cavour is a family run guest house located nearby Palermo’s central station and just next to Via Roma, the city’s main street. The pension is located at the top floor of a beautiful local building, and only the guest house’s guests are allowed in, making it a safe and relaxed place. All rooms are spacious and boast a great view over Palermo’s urban landscape and the stunning natural scenery beyond.
February events in Sicily
Saint Biago Day
3rd February 2015
Saint Biago is the saint of the throat. It's tradition to eat leftover panettone with a glass of wine to bless your throat. This day is often celebrated with parades, music, a special mass, or bonfires.
St. Valentine's Day
14th February 2015
Valentine's Day is a day for love in Sicily. In Italy, it is a tradition to get engaged on this day. Travel to romantic Sicily, get down on one knee, and create an unforgettable proposal.
Feast of Saint Agatha
3rd February 2015 to 5th February 2015
The feast of St. Agatha is celebrated over three days and consists of the offering of wax, the candelore (procession of candles on carriages), and mass. You can also enjoy visiting the St. Agatha market during this time in order to do some low-cost shopping! The market typically takes place in the Giardino Bellini area.
4th February 2015 to 21st February 2015
Carneale is also known as mardi gras. This celebration takes places 40 days before Easter and is a two week long celebration. Dancers, floats, masked performers, and bands rock the streets of Acireale during these two weeks.