A long weekend in Western Sicily
WHAT IS INSIDE THE EBOOK
An actionable five-day plan to enjoy Western Sicily as a real Sicilian would do. Beyond Palermo, enrich your long weekend with the beach, Nature Reserves hikes and more. Should you go for a romantic escape or a weekend with friends or family, with our ebook you will have a plan at hand about all you need to do and know about Palermo and its surroundings. We cut for you hours of reading lists and articles to look for good travel ideas.
Palermo, Sicily capital, is a city that will conquer your senses with its rich history, diverse architecture, bustling markets, and delicious cuisine. Starting in Palermo is an ideal way to soak up the city's atmosphere and experience the best of what it has to offer, such as the UNESCO heritage and its lively street markets. Then we suggest to continue towards the West and discover our recommended best sandy beaches in Sicily such as the one in San Vito lo Capo, by far the best beach in Sicily with its fine, white sand! Get inspired as well by the charm of Scopello and its village at sea revolving around an ancient Tuna Fish factory. Why don’t you relax then around the off-the-beaten-tracks of Macari Bay with its beaches or why not hiking Monte Cofano? The Trapani Province will enchant you with its nature and gorgeous seaside thanks to our Sicily travel tips.
With our digital travel guide book about Palermo and Sicily West Coast, you will have the perfect itinerary made by Sicilians for five days of beach, art, great experiences, and if you want with the best Sicily guided tours. We give you sharp, short, easy-to-use itineraries in Sicily with Google Maps for you to follow. We also recommend you the best restaurants in Palermo, the street markets to visit, the bars and the hotels to go to.
MAIN LOCATIONS (5-DAY PLAN)
Palermo City, Mondello beach, Monreale, Capo Gallo Nature Reserve, Sferracavallo, Isola delle Femmine beach, Scopello, Zingaro Nature Reserve, San Vito lo Capo beach, Macari Bay, Monte Cofano Nature Reserve
A long weekend in Western Sicily
IS SICILY GOOD FOR A WEEKEND?
Sicily offer is rich and you will never run out of things to do when on the island. However, should you want to have some relaxed time without the rush of seeing Sicily during a weekend, spend 5 days in Sicily and focus for example on the locations we recommend in our A long weekend in Western Sicily ebook. With it, you will cut hours of boring holiday search and planning, as we have done the work for you and we love to do so! In this Sicily ebook you will find a unique 5-day itinerary to experience Sicily like a true local. Avoid tourist traps and listen to our Sicilian advice, 100% local.
IS WEST SICILY NICE?
By far, the most beautiful beaches in Sicily are located on the West Coast. Fine, white sand makes the waters of the Sicily Western Coast crystal-clear all year long. However, West Sicily is not only about the beach. The culture offering of Palermo is unrivalled anywhere else in Sicily, therefore should be up for a good blend of beach and culture, choose to fly to Palermo and follow our Western Sicily itinerary.
WHICH SIDE OF SICILY HAS BETTER BEACHES?
A Sicily beach holiday cannot go wrong, regardless of whether you choose the East side of the West side of Sicily. With 1’600 km of coastline, you will find the best beach for you. However, it is worth knowing that the best sandy beaches of Sicily are located either on the West tip of Sicily in the Trapani province, or in the deep South East of Sicily around the Siracusa province. On the other hand, if you prefer the stony beach experience, you might want to choose to stay around Taormina as it is the best place to stay in Sicily for beaches of this kind.
WHICH PART OF SICILY HAS SANDY BEACHES?
To make it simple, sandy beaches cover most of the island, from the province of Trapani in the West to the whole South Coast till the southernmost point of Sicily in the Province of Siracusa. The South East also features some of the best sandy beaches in Italy. While Taormina and the whole North East Coast of Sicily offers beautiful stony beaches with its typical deep-blue waters.
WHAT IS THE NICEST BEACH IN SICILY?
Many say the best beach in Sicily is in San Vito lo Capo, and that’s quite true. However, it tend to be quite crowded in summer, this is why in our Sicily travel guides we do provide a list of the best beaches of Sicily to avoid the crowd and enjoy in full your beach vacation.
WHAT IS THE BEST BASE IN WESTERN SICILY?
It really depends on what your preferences are. If you are into culture, then choose Palermo and its vibrant cultural scene. If you travel to Sicily for a beach holiday and Nature, then choose San Vito lo Capo and the surrounding areas, for a memorable beach time and beautiful Nature Reserves. If you are into Wine, Arab heritage and/or stunning Greek remains, then stay around Marsala or Mazara del Vallo for a memorable Sicily holiday.
WHICH IS BETTER EASTERN OR WESTERN SICILY?
It’s hard to say, also for Sicilians like us. But if we can simplify this with a single answer, Western Sicily is the best destination for a beach holiday but less various in terms of landscapes. On the other hand, Eastern Sicily is the best destination for landscape variety with the volcano (Mount Etna), the beaches, the chic Taormina hill town and all the baroque towns of the South East. We recommend that you stick to either the East of the West, and then you come back to see the rest for another holiday in Sicily. Unless your plan is to have a 2-week long Sicily road trip, then you might be able to see both West and East Sicily.
WHICH SIDE OF SICILY IS WARMER?
The climate is quite similar all over the island as long as you stay at sea level along the coast. The temperature is always quite pleasant thanks to the sea breeze even the hottest summer days. However, if you drive inland you might find the climate more extreme. Very dry and hot in summer and very cold and snowy in winter. On Eastern Sicily, in winter you can find snow and you can even ski on Mount Etna. Typically, around Mount Etna the temperature drops more at night than in Western Sicily, which might be an advantage for summer and a disadvantage during winter.