Sicily is a tourist island which is enjoyable all year round. Many choose it in winter to escape the cold winter in the north and immerse themselves in the local culture like a “local”. Sea lovers will be able to fully enjoy the sea from mid-May to mid-October. The many ethnic religious festivals, in spring and autumn, will be an interesting guide to discover the most intriguing villages. Here, the climate is decidedly Mediterranean, with hot summers and short mild winters.  There are 2,500 hours of sunshine and a low abundance of rainfall which is concentrated in the winter months. The average maximum temperature is 26°C (July-August), The average minimum is 10°-14°C (December to February). The water temperature goes from around 16°C in winter to 27°C in summer.