The most beautiful beaches of Sicily
beaches of sicily

Sicilian beaches

Crystal clear seas, golden beaches and breath-taking views:  it is not easy to say exactly which beach is the most beautiful in Sicily, a region in which there is nothing lacking to satisfy the needs of tourists who wish to combine enjoyment, relaxation, and culture, not forgetting gastronomic pleasures …

For those who are seeking sea resorts where you can relax, Sicily offers a wide range of places, where you can enjoy a sea and beach that even the most famous tropical resorts would envy.  Because of the wide choice that it offers, it is not often easy to give an ideal reply to those planning their holiday, in search of the most beautiful beach in Sicily. Especially when you have to take into account all the various requirements necessary for different types of tourists.

However, on the basis of the reviews on the main tourist information sites, we have tried to compile a list of the ten most beautiful beaches in Sicily. Here they are:

Porto Palo di Capo Passero

A small town in the province of Syracuse, it is situated at the extreme tip of the region, just at the point between the Ionic sea and the Mediterranean sea.  Porto Palo di Capo Passero is well-known as the most southern place on the island of Sicily, but it is also renowned for its beautiful waters and its breath-taking views

This enchanting place has a sandy coastline alternating with small rocky coves. The most famous beaches are:  Playa Carratois, Punta Delle Fomiche, Scalo Mandrie and the island of Capo Passero,  accessible by foot at low tide.

Isola Bella of Taormina

When you speak of the most beautiful beaches of Sicily you cannot but not speak about the so-called “Pearl of the Mediterranean”, Isola Bella, an enchanting spot with its emerald green waters of the Ionic sea, a short distance from Taormina., and from which is the only way to reach this island “Bella” by name but also by fact.

To get to this small island you have to walk for a short distance along a thin stretch of sand, which at high tide gets covered in knee-deep water, it is a worthwhile experience to take.

Tonnara di Scopello

A short distance from Castellammare del Golfo, in the province of Trapani, on the top of a small hill overlooking a wide valley, you will find the 17th-century village of Scopello. On the coast of this small ancient town, you will find Tonnara di Scopello, one of the most charming seaside resorts in Sicily, situated on the southern side of the Zingaro Nature Reserve.

For many centuries, until a few decades ago, tuna fishing was practised in this place, now it is possible to admire wonderful cliffs facing a sea with rich backdrops and crystal clear waters. This place is distinctive for its absence of sand and pebbles. In fact, whoever wishes to dive into the green-blue sea of Tonnara di Scopello has to go down to the terraces and the cement slide where the ancient fishermen worked.

Calamosche beach

For those who love peace and calm, Calamosche is the ideal beach. A two-hundred kilometre stretch of beach, facing an ever clear and calm sea, due to it being sheltered by two rocky projections that surround it.  For lovers of snorkelling, and swimming towards the cliffs which surround this small beach situated in the Vendicari Nature Reserve in the city of Noto(SR), you can admire a wide range of sea fauna.

The beach at Calamosche is easily reached from the SP19 Pachino-Noto. Arriving at the car park you have to walk for about a kilometre and a half before being able to enjoy this glimpse of unspoilt nature. Nevertheless, it is absolutely worthwhile.

Mondello beach

A suburb about 11 km from the city centre, sandwiched between Mount Pellegrino and Mount Gallo, Mondello is well-known, above all, for its sea and its beaches, and is amongst the most well-liked and popular by the people of Palermo. Accessible either by public transport, private transport or on foot, Mondello is the ideal place for all those holidaymakers looking for beauty and comfort without giving up on pleasure.

The white sands and the turquoise-coloured water are surrounded by beach resorts that offer a wide range of services and the possibility to be able to practise practically any type of water sport. When the sun goes down, the bars and restaurants light up and the nightlife begins. It is not rare to bump into famous people, even international ones.

Cala Tonnarella dell’Uzzo

Leaving from the northern slope of the Zingaro Nature Reserve is the town of San Vito Lo Capo (TP), and walking for a couple of kilometres, you will end up in a small corner of paradise, surrounded by lush green vegetation, white shingle and an emerald green sea.

These are the colours of Cala dell’Uzzo, an enchanting cove that takes its name from a prehistoric cave.  A place of peace and calm, suitable even for small children, it is impossible not to be spellbound by its rare beauty. A short distance away, there is a museum of sea life which is absolutely recommended.

Cala Rossa di Favignana

Off the coast of Trapani, right in the middle of the Egadi islands is Favignana, the most beautiful island of the archipelago. Cala Rossa is perhaps the most enchanting beach of this island. The rocky limestone coves that surround Cala Rossa form a sort of natural amphitheatre with at its centre a very blue sea from which you can see the island of Levanzo.

The sand is scarce, while there are numerous cliffs and rocks, the majority being flat and therefore easily reached without any problem. From the nearest car park, there is a ten-minute walk along a dirt track to reach this magnificent beach.

San Vito Lo Capo Beach

Between the Gulf of Castellammare and the Gulf of Macari, at the western of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, there is San Vito Lo Capo, a town which has become the most popular seaside resort of Sicily.

If we have already mentioned Cala dell’Uzzo being part of the same municipality, those who go to more secluded places prefer to have everything on hand, without giving up the beautiful scenery.  At a short distance from the town centre of San Vito Lo Capo, they can enjoy three kilometres of fine white sand that surrounds a calm and warm sea, without currents, where they can spend wonderful days and enjoy all the comforts possible.

Scala dei Turchi Realmonte

A true work of art carved by nature which, during the centuries, due to atmospheric and geological events, has formed awe-inspiring terraces of white rock that surround and protect a crystal clear sea.

La Scala Dei Turchi at Realmonte, close to Agrigento, is a fascinating place and difficult to describe in words. Here nature, beauty and legend blend together. La Scala Dei Turchi is easily reached by car, on foot or by public transport.

Isola dei Conigli Lampedusa

On an island a short distance from Lampedusa, accessible also by foot, there is the place which is described by many as the most beautiful beach in Italy, there are those who even say in the world. A little less than four hectares of paradise, with a deep blue sea, cliffs, fine sand, luxuriant vegetation and sea fauna.  The origin of its name is uncertain, while what is certain is that those who come to this place remain spellbound.

Essentially, there is no need to travel for hours and hours by plane to go to tropical regions to find amazing beach resorts.  In Sicily, there are places for all tastes and requirements.

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