Sun • Temples • Waterfalls
The glory of winter in Palermo is a plentiful supply of sunshine in which to explore the city: in January the average is over five hours a day. So, as the composer Richard Wagner once advised, Palermo and Sicily in general are an excellent winter destination. A superb moment, away from the tourist throngs, to enjoy the island. And in winter one thing is unmissable: the waterfalls.
Palermo as a Base
Dreaming of a winter in the sun but still well connected to the centre of Europe? Palermo is the place for you.
Even on the rare occasions when the sun is not shining in Sicily you will never find yourself bored. Palermo offers a wealth of fashion, art, history and culture in which to immerse yourself. And the many sunny days in winter make the perfect time to explore the island:
- The Sicilian flora and fauna is particularly beautiful in winter.
- The magnificent archaeological sites and Greek temples are less crowded.
- As well as Palermo, there are other numerous other splendid cities to explore in Sicily that are uncrowded by mass tourism in winter.
- Numerous hidden gems (like Sant’Elia in the video on the left) are just waiting to be discovered by you.
Our huge thanks go to the team at Filly Biz for the photo shoot.
Stay in shape
As any doctor will agree, the secret to a long and happy life is a healthy dose of outdoor physical activity. Even better when the temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold – Palermo in winter is the perfect climate for outdoor pursuits. Whether you want to get out and try water sports on the open sea or take a run through the city’s many green spaces, you will find something to quicken the pulse and put a smile on your face.
The natural landscape in Sicily in winter is verdant green and full of bright fields of flowers. The island’s sprawling beaches (such as the one just outside Palermo at Mondello) are practically empty during the winter and will be calling you for long walks. Our good friends at Trip Tipp can point you in the direction of some of the most beautiful spots on the sea and amongst the green parks of Palermo.
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Italy may seem a strange place to find Greek ruins, but in ancient times Sicily was ruled by Greece. It was no mere colony, but a multicultural and prestigious commercial centre, known, not by chance, as “Magna Grecia”, or Greater Greece. Evidence of this remains in the form of the island’s vast Greek temples, still remarkably well preserved today. In winter, when the tourist season is over, you can enjoy them practically to yourself. The website of our good friends at Trip Tipp will help you explore the wonders of “Greek” Sicily.
The Essence of Sicily
Palermo, and Sicily at large, are so much more than the clichés of Mafia, fashion and devotion to the Madonna. This beautiful video introduces the long history of the sun-bathed island we love and call home. We at Palermo Blu thank the team of film-makers for this outstanding work and congratulate them on their success:
As hard as it is to believe, Sicily offers fascination even outside the walls of Palermo! There is an incredibly tapestry of villages, towns, historical sites and geographical features – each of which exude the distinct Mediterranean charm, especially in the peaceful winter when tourist attractions can be enjoyed away from the crowds. Our good friends at Trip Tipp will be delighted to help you find the best and quickest way to get around the island.
We highly recommend taking trips to discover some of the idyllic places around Palermo. Here you will find stunning natural vistas, medieval castles and many other surprises. It can be hard to navigate the wide range of tourist guides, but for the best insider knowledge and recommendations we are always happy to suggest checking out the website of our good friends at Trip Tipp.
Get your bearings
Want to know exactly where the accommodation is located, and the quickest way to reach it from the airport? Planning to explore the old town? We have the perfect map for all your navigational needs!
(from the airport to the central railway station and from there to the apartments)
Explore La Kalsa
(Palermo’s most famous historical district)
Explore Il Capo
(Home to the city’s largest market)
Explore La Loggia
(The old maritime borough)
(The oldest district of the city)
Perhaps you’re fascinated by fashion, aching for activities or concerned with cuisine? We have the best local tips to share:
Up for the challenge of discovering every last corner of Palermo? No guide to show you around? You’re in safe local hands:
(the Liberty / Art Nouveau Palermo that lives on today)
Discover the Genius
(“Il Genio” is the ancient patron deity of Palermo)
In the Footsteps of the Normans
(the Normans dominated Sicily in the Middle Ages)
Fountains and Aquatic Engineering
(Discover the incredible waterworks above and below ground)
The “Libertà” neighborhood
(One of the most beautiful in Palermo)
Mummies and more!
(They’re not just for Egyptians…)
Villas of the West End
(Architectural treasures hiding in the suburbs)
Looking to venture outside Palermo by bus or train? Check out this site for recommended destinations! Then these maps will help you make your way there on public transport:
Excursions by Bus and Train
(Feeling fearless? Visit the Villa of Monsters. Culture vulture? Discover the island’s Greek theatres. Cinema Buff? Get on the trail of The Godfather)
Renting a car? On this site you will find our highest-recommended destinations; these maps will guide you to your holiday home:
Directions to the Palazzo Massimo
(Apartments overlooking the iconic Theatre)
Directions to the Palazzo Quaroni
(Apartments in the pedestrianised area)
Coming to Palermo on a cruise? Want to discover the city independently? Just follow this map:
Recommended route for cruise tourists
(Discover Palermo for yourself)
About the Author
The information on this site comes from our Sicily expert Britta Bohn. Britta has been dealing with daily life and life in Sicily for over 20 years, and she is delighted to share her personal top tips for a perfect stay in Palermo.