Averages for Sicily in October
Sicily slowly begins to cool down in October at the beginning of the autumn season. Temperatures can reach up to 22°C during the warmest part of the day, dropping down to 16°C after sunset. Click here for the annual weather averages for Sicily.
Dates for the diary
Sagra Castelbuono e I funghi in Castelbuono celebrates the mushroom with tastings of various mushrooms and sweet local delicacies. Look out for tours of Parco delle Madonie with a local guide.
Things to do
One of the most popular places to visit in Catania is the Monastero dei Benedettini. Here you can marvel at the incredible architecture and explore its winding tunnels and pathways. The ancient trees with their twirling vines surrounding the monastery are also worth taking a look at.
Hippocampus Sea Services offers relaxed and family-friendly boat trips across the countless beautiful bays of Sicily. The company offers inexpensive trips that can last for a whole day. Highlights include trips to the Zingaro Reserve, the “ faraglioni” of Scopello, the Monte Cofano Reserve and the coves in the Golfo di Macari.
If you’re looking for a relaxing place to unwind, Giardino Pubblico in Taormina is the place. This park is peppered with beautiful flowers, trees, plants, fountains and ducks and is wonderful place to sit back and watch the world go by.
Giardino Pubblico, Taormina, Sicily.
The Palazzo Mirto is a beautiful renaissance building in Palermo that houses an era museum and is worldwide famous for its luxurious architecture that showcases all the architectural breakthroughs of the 17th century.
Sicily’s oldest golf club, Il Piccolo Golf Club is home to the first golf course on the island and is one of the oldest courses in whole Italy. This 18 hole, par 72 course trails through vineyards, oak forests and hazelnut trees. The course offers a timeless golfing experience in a beautiful setting for intermediate to advanced players.
Where to eat & drink
Celebrate the wonderful flavours of autumn at Sagra Castelbuono e i funghi in Castel buono where you can taste various typical Sicilian dishes made with mushrooms, as well as locally-produced desserts.
Visit Le Traveggole if you find yourself craving quality seafood dishes and excellent service. This restaurant offers a wide menu, packed with traditional Sicilian dishes, as well as a range of creative, contemporary choices, too, ensuring there is something for everyone.
Rooted in tradition, Macumba is a local restaurant serving Sicilian and Italian specialties that are cooked following unadulterated traditional recipes. The food here is authentically Italian and allows tourists to experience the culinary heritage of Sicily and beyond.
Romantic and unpretentious, Kalos is a popular Mediterranean eatery that specialises in serving exquisite Mediterranean food. The restaurant serves Sicilian and Mediterranean specialties and welcomes guests with its friendly atmosphere and very polite staff. Prices are reasonable and the quality is top notch.
Royal Hawaiian St. Thomas is an unusual blend of Mediterranean, British and Hawaiian cuisine. This restaurant is unique in the range of dishes but if you’re missing some tastes of home head here – you won’t regret it.
A wine lover’s paradise, Il Corridoio Club is an exclusive wine bar that stocks fine wine rare and popular vintages from across the world. The décor is classical and refined; this is a high end wine bar with prices to match, but Il Corridoio Club is arguably the best place to sample the best selection of wine Sicily has to offer.
O-Seven Irish Pub is a busy sports pub well loved for its good range of beer and screenings of popular sports events. If you fancy relaxing in front of the game with a pint of Guinness in hand - head here.
Where to stay
Hotel Riva del Sole is perfect for couples and families looking to enjoy an autumn break in Sicily. With wonderful views across the Mediterranean Sea, this hotel features loads of services and offers various rooms to suit all tastes and pockets.
Kalamarina Hotel is an affordable B&B hotel in Palermo and serves as a perfect base for exploring this wonderful ancient city. The hotel is quiet and very clean, with spacious rooms and welcoming and helpful staff.
Located in the centre of Trapani and at walking distance from the popular beach there, the Csa Vacanze Fardella Centrale occupies a single floor of a modern building and offers quality apartments to couples and families looking for a first-rate self-catering experience in 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.
Hotel Villa Belvedere, Cefalu.
Low-key and affordable, the Best Western Hotel Siracusa is a family-friendly 3 star hotel located in the northern outskirts of Siracusa. The hotel makes for a great base for exploring Sicily and is a solid choice for families with young children who need to put convenience and safety first.
Pegasus is an attractive B&B located in the small town of Fiumefreddo. The hotel caters to active, early risers as it’s situated in a town that’s ideal for bike tours, with little traffic and noise.