Averages for Sicily in May
May is a very pleasant time to visit Sicily – it is one of the driest months and the temperatures are very mild, just like in Palermo. During your stay you can expect to see temperatures of up to 22°C, which is ideal for exploring and getting to know the island. The evenings are also a bit warmer, too, with temperatures rarely dropping below 14°C. Click here for a 14-day weather forecast for Sicily.
Dates for the diary
The festival internazionale degli aquiloni (international kite fair) takes place in May, when you can admire many beautiful kites from all over the world before they head to San Vito lo Capo.
Many other festivals also take place during this month, including the Sagra della cassatella in Castelvetrano. This festival is based on the cassatella and features traditional music, food samplings, markets, parades and street performers. It really is a treat to see and is sure to entertain the whole family.
Things to do
A trip to Sicily isn’t complete without a visit to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. The temples are so well preserved that you almost feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Ancient and imposing, the Valley of the Temples is the single largest collection of ancient Greek temples in the world. This huge UNESCO world heritage site is home to seven temples and a host of other, well-preserved ancient buildings, which invite tourists to take a step back in time and explore these ancient marvels.
Concordia Temple, Agrigento, Sicily.
Sailing Sicily is the premier provider of tourist-friendly sailing trips and lessons in Sicily. The company commands an impressive fleet of yachts and sailing boats, renting them to sailing enthusiasts; with or without a crew manning them depending on the skipper’s experience. The prices are reasonable (given the quality of the yachts) and no matter how hard you search, you won’t find better sailing deals in Sicily.
Taxi Taormina & Sicily Tours is a popular company that offers flexible tours around Sicily via car. The tours also combine walking routes to explore some of Sicily’s most beautiful locations and natural landmarks. Some of the highlights include shore tours, market excursions, visiting the ‘godfather’ village, walking through the valley of the temples and much more.
Where to eat & drink
Head to Il Locandiere to satisfy your craving for quality seafood that won’t leave your wallet empty. This restaurant offers so much more than just an evening meal, it is the place to go to enjoy a gourmet experience with outstanding service, unbeatable choice in quality wines and freshly-prepared dishes.
One of the best-known Sicilian pizzerias, Rosso Pizza is a very popular restaurant and the place to go for all kinds of amazing pizzas, ranging from the traditional to the exotic. The pizzeria is super friendly, with a smiling owner and lots of upbeat local music to set a merry Mediterranean tone.
Owned and run by a British expat, Docker's Irish Pub is an authentic Irish pub that succeeds in offering the elusive “home away from home” feeling that so many tourists yearn for while on holiday. The drinks here are authentic and reasonably priced, while the atmosphere is cosy and friendly.
Much loved by local kids and children visiting Sicily with their families, Bar Gelateria Blend is a laid-back local ice cream shop in Palermo. The Bar specialises in creating all kinds of delicious and wacky ice cream flavours as well as creating some of the most fun filled cakes for children’s parties and other special occasions.
Where to stay
Located in the heart of Noto valley, the AgriResidence Valle Degli Dei is a collection of small, fully renovated old cottages that offer idyllic and accessible self-catering accommodation to couples and families visiting Sicily. The cottages are very close to the “baroque” city of Noto and surrounded by Mediterranean lemon trees.
If you’re looking for stylish and modern accommodation in Sicily, look no further than Centrum Hotel Residence. This contemporary hotel offers a range of suites and room to suit all budgets, as well as a great range of facilities and services.
Astro Suite Hotel is a 4 star resort that is minimalist in design while offering a comprehensive array of exceptional services and facilities. The hotel boasts numerous awards including TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence thanks to its unique aesthetics that blend traditional Mediterranean style with modern influences.
Astro Suite Hotel, Cefalu town, Sicily.
Operating continually since 1902, Villa Belvedere is a historic hotel that has recently been renovated to meet exacting modern standards. The Villa now offers all-inclusive deals that impress its guests – both old and new. The quality here is top notch and the hotel’s location is ideal as it is situated near the Greek-Roman theatre close to Taormina’s town centre.
Located at the northern side of Messina, Viola Palace Hotel is a minimalist and convenient all-inclusive hotel, which caters to busy tourists who want all their needs taken care of. The facilities here are excellent and sport a sleek design, while the food is commendable for its overall quality and wide range of flavours.
May events in Sicily
Feast of St. Sebastian in Melilli
1st May 2015
This religious event is held to honour San Sebastiano. At the church of San Sebastiano in Melilli in the province of Syracuse, worshippers wear white robes with red sashes over their shoulders to highlight where the saint was hit. This is done as a sign of worship.
Feast of SS.Crucifix in Calatafimi
1st May 2015 to 3rd May 2015
This three-day feast consists of processions with representations of several classes and crafts. The final procession includes the statue transportation of the Crucified and the Madonna and Child via coffin.
World Festival on the Beach
9th May 2015 to 24th May 2015
This annual beach festival takes place on Mondello Beach which is on the Palermo coastline in Sicily. It plays host to the annual World Festival on the Beach. This festival is a celebration of beach culture and the outdoor life. Activities include: windsurfing, beach volleyball, paragliding, sailing, surf competitions, golf competitions, float plan exhibitions, skydiving, paragliding and parachuting. The festival is also famous for music and usually puts up a few jazz concerts and performances from various other music styles.
Sicilian Flower Festival
15th May 2015 to 20th June 2015
Infiorata is an Italian tradition when the streets in Noto are paved with flowers. Individual artists display their floral masterpieces. On the Monday the children run through the flowers destroying all the work of the artists. This is a symbol to display youth and renewal.