The cruise port of Palermo

Docking in the cruise port of Palermo

The cruise port of Palermo, your starting point for great excursions

In Palermo, cruise ships dock at the "Stazione Marittima" on the Via Del Mare, not far from the city center and close to most landmarks. The cruise port of Palermo lies northeast of the historic center, which can easily be reached on foot.

Docking in Palermo can be a bit overwhelming. Around the cruise ships it is a hustle and bustle of taxis, shuttle buses, guides, horse carts, etc. who make their way among the thousands of passengers. Outside of the harbor, you immediately get acquinted with the loud and chaotic traffic in Sicily. Many cruise passengers choose to combine their visit of Palermo with a trip to Monreale.

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Cruise to Palermo

Palermo is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Sicily along the Western Mediterranean. It is a city with a rich and eventful history. All those influences can still be found in today’s Palermo. It is a place full of contrasts where you can find the typical Mediterranean atmosphere. In 1787, the famous poet Goethe wrote: "To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything"

Palermo cruise terminal

The Stazione Marittima is a small but functional cruise terminal building in Palermo. It was built in 1950. Cruise ships are connected with bridges to the air-conditioned lounges.

Inside Palermo cruise terminal you can find:

  • telephones, bar - cafeteria, toilet, tobacconist, bank, ATM
  • tourist information, taxi service, Palermo sightseeing buses, wheelchairs
  • typical Sicilian products shops and duty free shops
  • luggage storage
  • parking area
  • free shuttle service within the port area and to / from the port facilities

Palermo cruise facts

Language in Palermo
The language in Palermo is Italian, but in touristic spots you can use English.

Currency in Palermo
The currency in Palermo is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s in the city.

Opening times in Palermo
Opening times differ a lot around Italy, but generally are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday
  • from 9.00h - 13.00h
  • and 15.30h - 19.30h

On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions

Landmarks and highlights in Palermo

Cattedrale della Santa Vergine Maria Assunta/Cattedrale di Palermo
The main Cathedral of Palermo, dating back to the 12th century and dedicated to the Assumption of Maria

San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Arab-Norman Church from the 12th century dedicated to Saint-John.

Fontana Pretoria
Beautiful fountain from the 16th century with a circumference of 133 meter.

Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi
Medieval Church in Romanesque-Gothic style dedicated to St. Francis of Asisi.

Palazzo dei Normanni
Former palace of the Norman kings of Sicily with great Arab-Norman architecture.

Chiesa di San Cataldo/Martorana
Church dating back to the 12th century dedicated to Saint Cataldus.

Archaeological museum
The most important archaeological museum in Sicily with a collection from the Phoenician, Punic, Greek, Roman and Saracen periods.

Teatro Politeama
Neoclassical theatre from 1867

Orto Botanico di Palermo
Botanical garden from the University of Palermo with 12,000 different plant species

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Getting around in Palermo

It is easy and cheap to get around Palermo. If you do not opt for one of the horse carriages waiting at the port, you can leave the docking area on foot and discover the city while walking around. The city center of Palermo is very dense and compact with small and winding streets. Most landmarks are located close to each other, which makes walking a fine option. Most cruise line companies also arrange a shuttle bus to the city center. A more expensive, but faster option is to take a taxi. Don't forget to fix a price before you go.

Shore excursions around Palermo

Palermo is a great place to visit and stroll around. On a cruise to Palermo you can also visit Monreale. It is a small town situated on a hill about 10 kilometers from Palermo and especially famous for its 12th century Cathedral and great view over the bay. When you have sufficient time, a combination of both is a very good choice to spend your day. It is possible to see more of the island outside Palermo. A shore excursion to Selinunte at about 100 km from Palermo, will take you back in history when visiting one of the most important Greek archeologic sites. Or what about Menfi at the south coast of Sicily to taste some great wines and local specialties. In Agrigento, you can visit the Valley of Temples and if you like idyllic places, Céfalu, the Norman fishing village, is defenitely something for you. It is often referred to as the pearl of the Thyrrenian Sea. From the Medieval town of Erice you have a great view over Trapani and surroundings in the westerly corner of the island. A cruise to Palermo offers a lot of possibilities.

Weather in Palermo

Palermo has a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and wet mild winters. Due to its warm nights, Palermo is one of the warmest cities in Europe. In winter, it almost never snows, but i is possible. The average annual temperature is between 18°C and 19°C. During the summer from June to October the sea temperature exceeds 21°C

Organized shore excursions in and around Palermo

You can discover Palermo on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or book a shore excursion from one of our partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices through local companies.

Excursions in Monreale

Excursions in Palermo

Palermo tourist information

At the exit gate of Palermo cruise port, you can find the information kiosk of the Palermo Tourism Board. They distribute free city maps and are a great help for those wandering on their own. On their website you can find detailed information about gastronomy, history and culture of Sicily.

Cruises to Palermo

The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Palermo: