If you thought Sicily was just an Italian Island in the Mediterranean you would be wrong! It is the largest Mediterranean Island with influences from Greece, Spain,France, North Africa and the Middle East making it a veritable melting pot of cultures and flavours.

It is a popular year-round destination with a wonderful climate, rarely dipping below 16-18 degrees centigrade. Picking the right month to visit will help determine your desire to visit the Island’s Roman and Byzantine historical sites bearing in mind that temperatures can hit 40 degrees in August!

Mount Etna dominates Sicily eastern skyline and is among the top tourist destinations along with the mummified inhabitants of Palermo’s catacombs, the amazing markets inPalermo and the multiple UNESCO world heritage sites found on the Island.

Sicily excels when it comes to food and wine, offering a culinary variety absorbing flavours from all of its cultural influences rather than being typically Italian as you may expect. The miles of vineyards and endless olive groves are a hint of what is so well produced on this beautiful island. There are opportunities to stay in properties offering cooking lessons which can offer a fabulously different type of holiday.

Sicily offers a wide variety of accommodation options, from 5* Grand Resorts to small luxury boutique hotels and converted abbeys and convents to farmhouses and family run B&B’s. Wherever you chose to stay, you will receive a warm personal welcome and be seduced by the beautiful views which greet you whether overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or the active volcano which characterises the island.

The climate in Sicily lends itself to early or late summer visits. It has long, hot summers with the sea warm enough to swim in from May until October. June is the perfect time to go if you would like to walk in the higher mountains and the beautiful beaches are still relatively deserted during the weekends. Peak season is July and August when it is very hot and very busy. In September the crowds disperse and temperatures drop slightly leaving the sea wonderfully warm to swim in. The end of September can bring rain.

The flight time to Sicily is under 3 hours from the UK and flights go from London Gatwick and Stansted several times a day. The time change is +1 hour on UK time and the currency is the Euro.

Here at Milford Travel we can arrange your holiday to Sicily dependent entirely on your desires, whether it be for sandy beaches, weekly cookery courses, a touring holiday or simply a fabulous hotel for stress-free relaxation. Please call 01590 644899, email enquiries@milford-travel.com or simply pop into our shop on Milford High Street discuss your requirements.