Fly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Palermo
A vibrant mix of Arabic cuisine, Spanish style streets and Italian history, Palermo, the enchanting capital of Sicily, is waiting to be explored. Fly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Palermo in just over an hour with easyJet and explore the grandeur of the old town and the incredibly preserved Roman ruins that line the shores of this European city.
Why Should You Go
With a rich and diverse culture, Palermo is the economic and tourism capital of this small Italian island and attracts tourists from around the world. Located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, Palermo is home to a busy port; the city has always been a crossroads of civilization. Absorbing aspects of cultures from its colourful past, there is plenty to do and experience.
In the crescent bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, explore the mosaics at Monreale, the sun-worshipping beach of Mondello and the bustling markets and bazaars. If you’re a lover of art, make sure you check out the incredible architecture of the city’s churches and cathedral. Palermo Cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is particularly exquisite. It was first built as a church in 1185 and was finally completed in the 18th century.
For a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Palermo city centre, head to Giardino Garibaldi. Home to the oldest tree, standing tall at 150 years old. The garden also features a number of exotic plants. Enjoy an espresso in the beautiful oasis that is the Giardino Garibaldi.
The Palazzo dei Normanni, or Royal Palace of Palermo, is a must-see for all tourists visiting Palermo. Now the Sicilian Regional Assembly, the former palace is the oldest royal residence in Europe and was once where the rulers of the Kingdom of Sicily called home.
Thanks to the nature of Palermo, Sicilian food is influenced by Greek, Spanish, French and Arab flavours and style. If you’re dining out in Palermo, you should expect to enjoy antipasti, an important aspect of Sicilian cuisine, and may include caponata, an eggplant based starter, or gato di patate, a kind of potato and cheese pie. Pasta in Sicily dates back to around the 12th century and can be enjoyed almost anywhere in Palermo.
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you’ll be glad to know that candy in Sicily is big business and was heavily influenced by the Arab candy makers in the 9th century. Marzipan fruits, invented in the 14th century, are still enjoyed today, so be sure to pick some up on your holiday.
When Should You Go
Palermo bathes in sun throughout the summer, when temperatures hit 27 °C. The dry Mediterranean climate makes Palermo one of the warmest cities in Europe, with the average annual temperature being 18.5°C. The wettest month is usually November, with an average rainfall of 130mm. The capital has its own version of the Sicilian language, known as Palermitano.
Where Should You Stay
When it comes to accommodation in Palermo, there is plenty to choose from no matter your budget. From affordable B&Bs, perfect as a base to explore Italy, to luxury hotels and quirky apartments in the city with character and charm.
- Mount Etna- take in the power of one of the world’s most active and Europe’s tallest volcano while in Sicily. To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was home to a one-eyed monster known as the Cyclops.
- Dinner at Ristonrante La Madia- dine at one of the city’s finest restaurants and enjoy a taste of authentic Mediterranean food created by local chef- Pino Cuttaia.
- Valley of the Temples- if you enjoy history, head to the Valley of the Temples, and explore the ancient ruins of the city of Akragas.