a VirtualTourist member from Newark upon Trent
What's Balestrate like in winter? Is everything closed? Any general comments and tips would be appreciated.
I live in Balestrate and I can tell you that's quite difficult to give you a general answer. I mean a couple of days ago we had around 26 celsius and it was olike summer: people outside, walking on the beach and eating icecream. We had lunch and dinner outside on the porch and spent hours in the warm sun.
On the other hand right now is rainy and we have only 13 celsius :-(
What I mean by this is that everyhting depends on the weather. Balestrate is not Taormina. There aren't fancy hotels and expensive restaurants.
But Balestrate is perfect if you want to have a strategic base and see as much as possible of the west Sicily, and maybe also walking on the beach.
But hey, if you have in ming to visit in the colder months let me know what do you like to see and to do and I'm sure we could fill up your agenda with interesting things to do, wonderful places where to eat etc.
Thank you so much for your reply. I will bookmark it and perhaps be back in touch in due course once we have decided exactly where we will stay. We thinking that perhaps for a stay of four weeks, which is what we intend, that being ina bigger centre, such as Palermo, would be better. Better base for reaching places and with more to see/do.
You'll have much more to do and to see in Palermo. That's for sure! Not to mention that there's always a night life there.
But if you have four weeks to spend in Sicily why don't you take the chance and see more of this beautiful island? For example in the winter period you could see Etna from Catania in it's full beauty, with the top covered by snow. Such a beautiful view is impossible to see in the summer wehn humidity is way to high.
Catanaia could be an excellent base for a longer period so if I was in your place I'll divide my stay in two parts between Palermo and Catania.
Catania has also a wonderful night life and so much to see.
Thank you for your reply. We are planning to spend four weeks in Syracuse (Ortygia) and then move across to the other side of the island. So we will be having eight weeks altogether in Sicily.