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    The beauty of the Sicilian landscapes makes it one of the most popular destinations for foreign and non-foreign tourists. Its west coast, for example, alternates long stretches of soft white sand, with stretches of rock and ravines, which give it an almost exotic appearance. Let's see together what they are the most beautiful beaches of Western Sicily.

    1 - The beach of Cala Rossa, Favignana (TP)

    Cala Rossa beach is located on the north-western side of the island of Favignana, in the archipelago of the Egadi Islands. L'alternation of flattened rocks and turquoise waters of the island, have meant that this was considered one of the most beautiful beaches in sicily and in the whole of Italy. Frequented mainly by diving enthusiastsDue to the presence of numerous species of marine flora and fauna, the cove is not very easy to reach, and it is said that it owes its name to the blood shed by the Carthaginians, defeated by the Romans during the First Punic War.




    • both by boat and by land, even if this second route is quite difficult. The beach is 6 km from Favignana, reachable in 18 minutes by car - Get directions
    • Ideal for: couples / children, as the path to get to the beach is long and bumpy, we also recommend wearing rock shoes, bringing the necessary to fight the heat, water, food and snorkeling equipment
    • Type of beach: rocks
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b in Favignana from € 60,00 per room -

    2 - La Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte (AG)

    On the southern side of Sicily we find the famous Scala dei Turchi di Realmonte. The beach is made up of small beaches of golden sand and limestone cliffs, which the sea and the wind have shaped, until they become like waves. The blue and crystalline sea, very suitable for snorkeling, is highlighted by the particular white color of the rocky wall, dazzling on sunny days. A legend tells that the area, during the th century, was a landing point for the Turks, who plundered the villages in the area. This, added to the particular stepped shape of the cliffs, contributed to the name Scala dei Turchi.


    • By car from Agrigento follow the directions for Porto Empedocle and follow the directions for Realmonte. To reach the beach and the coves that are to the right of the Scala dei Turchi, reach Lido Rossello by car (about 2 km), park in one of the roads that lead to the beach, and walk along this for about 10 / 15 minutes. From Agrigento the Scala dei Turchi is 16km away, 20 minutes by car - Get directions
    • Ideal for: couples / teenagers, the path to get to the beach is long and bumpy, we also recommend wearing rock shoes, bringing the necessary to fight the heat and snorkeling equipment.
    • Type of beach: sand / rocks
    • Access: free / for a fee, those who prefer sandy beaches can relax both on a free beach and in a bathing establishment in the area, equipped with all the equipment. Alternatively it is also possible to lie down directly on the white cliff, given its terrace conformation.
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Realmonte from € 55,00 per room -

    3 - Macari beach, San Vito Lo Capo (TP)

    Macari beach in San Vito Lo Capo is set in the fabulous bay of Santa Margherita, halfway between the Zingaro Nature Reserve and the Monte Cofano Nature Reserve, and it is made up of several coves: the first is made of sand and is suitable for families, the others are made of rocks of which the last is a real corner of wild nature. Immersed in an enchanting scenery, this stretch of coast is characterized by small inlets and cliffs, a crystalline sea with wonderful colors, suitable for snorkeling, stretches of sand, others with rocks and a postcard view on the horizon: the Egadi islands are clearly visible, and every evening you can enjoy an exciting sunset.



    • from San Vito Lo Capo covering 7 km, about 10 minutes by car. The car must be left in a large parking lot, then take a free train and choose the beach where to stop - Get directions
    • Ideal for: families with children / couples / teenagers, the first cove is recommended for families while, the other two, for children and diving enthusiasts. We recommend that you wear rock shoes and bring what you need to beat the heat
    • Type of beach: sand / rocks
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in San Vito Lo Capo from € 66,00 per room -

    4 - The beach of San Vito Lo Capo (TP)

    Enclosed in a small bay, surrounded by the Zingaro Nature Reserve and the Monte Cofano Reserve, the beach of San Vito is located close to the Municipality from which it takes its name, the beach of San Vito Lo Capo is a renowned seaside resort, picturesque and immersed in a landscape of great effect. The beach, of fine white sand, is very wide, and bathed by a turquoise, limpid and transparent sea. Well equipped with tourist-friendly comforts, it also gives the opportunity to practice water and beach sports.

    • take the SS187 from the Gulf of Castellammare in the direction of Erice, then following the signs for San Vito lo Capo. By car about 50 minutes from Trapani - Get directions
    • Ideal for: a bit of everyone (teenagers, families with children, couples) given the variety of attractions, able to satisfy lovers of any type of holiday
    • Type of beach: sand
    • Access: both free and paid. There are also beaches equipped for the disabled
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in San Vito Lo Capo from € 66,00 per room -

    5 - The beach of Punta Barcarello, Sferracavallo (PA)

    The Sferracavallo beach is part of the Protected Marine Arena of Capo Gallo. This stretch of coast is among the most evocative of western Sicily: the beaches are mostly composed of rocks and pebbles, with some small stretches of sandy beach where you can stop. One of the most famous places on this stretch of coast is the beach of Punta Barcarello which, thanks to its deep and rocky seabed, is home to various species of flora and fauna of rare beauty.



    • every year in summer the free Amat summer shuttles service restarts, connecting the Galatea and Venere car parks, located in Palermo city, for more information visit the official website. From Sferracavallo, Punta di Barcarello is 1 km away, and can be reached on foot in 15 minutes. From Palermo, on the other hand, Punta di Barcarello is about 17 km away, which can be covered in 27 minutes - Get directions
    • Ideal for: couples and teenagers, as the place favors the practice of sport, we also recommend wearing rock shoes, bringing the necessary to protect yourself from the sun, snorkeling equipment, water and food.
    • Type of beach: sand and stones
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b in Palermo from € 50,00 per room -

    6 - The coves of the Zingaro Reserve, San Vito lo Capo (TP)

    The Spiagge dello Zingaro is located in the homonymous nature reserve, which climbs along the coast for about 7 kilometers, in what constitutes one of the few strips of land still intact. The beaches are beautiful and suggestive, small inlets almost all sandy bathed by a turquoise sea, among the most picturesque are: Cala Berretta, Cala Marinella, Cala Varo and Punta della Capreria, characterized by white pebbles. There are special picnic areas along the paths of the park, and pets are not allowed in, given the presence of wildlife in the area.

    • there are two ways to reach the various coves, on foot or by boat. To reach it by boat you need to rent a dinghy in San Vito Lo Capo (about 30 min of navigation) - instead on foot the path is long and arduous to get to the coves - Get directions
    • Ideal for: couples / teenagers / families but not with too young children. The route is not suitable for those who suffer from the heat, are prone to fainting or have any motor problems. We recommend wearing rock shoes, bringing the necessary to fight the heat, water and food, given the absence of services in the area and the long path to get to the coves.
    • Type of beach: mixed rocks and sand
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in San Vito Lo Capo from € 66,00 per room -

    7 - The beach of Mondello (PA)

    Mondello Beach is located between Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo, and overlooks a small gulf near the fishing village of the same name. This is the real one busy city beach in summer, characterized by a coast of fine white sand almost 1,5 kilometers long. During the summer season the beach is almost completely covered by bathing huts, removed only in September, but there is still a stretch of free beach. The sea that bathes it is one of the most beautiful in Sicily, with shades ranging from emerald green to turquoise and with a shallow and sandy bottom.

    • the beach is 11km from Palermo, and should be reached in 20 minutes maximum. By public transport, on the other hand, from the center of Palermo, Piazza Sturzo, Piazza Politeama, the 806 bus leaves every 15 minutes. It can be reached in about half an hour - Get directions
    • Ideal for: the beach is equipped with all comforts, and is accessible to all
    • Type of beach: sand
    • Access: free / paid
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b in Palermo from € 50,00 per room -

    8 - The beach of Eraclea Minoa, Cattolica Eraclea (AG)

    Eraclea Minoa Beach is a famous naturist oasis, located at the mouth of the Platani river. Golden sand beach more than 5 kilometers long, surrounded by a series of dunes and dominated by white limestone cliffs that directly overlook the sea. The water that bathes it is turquoise and transparent while the green of the forest, in contrast with the white of the cliffs and the blue of the sea, give it a heavenly appearance. Given the presence of vegetation, which allows you to shelter during the hottest hours, the beach is among the busiest in summer.

    • it is easily reachable via the SS115, following the signs for Eraclea Minoa-Capo Bianco. The beach is 40 km from Agrigento, accessible in about 40 minutes - Get directions
    • Ideal for: all
    • Type of beach: White sand
    • Access: Free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -

    9 - Marinella di Selinunte, Castelvetrano (TP)

    The Marinella coast is located on the south-western side of Sicily, within the municipality of Castelvetrano, near the archaeological remains of the acropolis of Selinunte. Located in a gulf and 5 km long, the splendid beach of fine golden sand is characterized by a long beach, where it is pleasant to walk. The sea is crystal clear and of an intense blue, sometimes beaten by the sea, which makes it also suitable for windsurfing. Near the beach of Marinella, moving east towards the mouth of the river there are other small beaches.

    • it is about 18 km from Castelvetrano, about 15 minutes by car. The beach is duly signposted - Get directions
    • Ideal for: all services are scattered around the beach
    • Type of beach: golden sand
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

    10 - The Tonnara of Scopello, castellammare del golfo (TP)

    La Tonnara di Scopello is one of the most famous beaches in Sicily. To increase its fame among tourists was its panorama, consisting of stacks emerging from the waters similar to those of the island of Capri, from the towers, the trap and its characteristic tools. The pebble beach is bathed by an intense blue sea, due to the particularly deep seabed, which is home to beautiful and numerous specimens of marine fauna and flora. The beach is a kind of paradise for snorkelers and divers.

    • A29 Palermo-Mazara del Vallo motorway, exiting at the junction for Castellammare del Golfo. Following the SS 187 towards Trapani, you will find the junction for Scopello on the right. La Tonnara is 36km from Trapani, and can be reached in about 45 minutes - Get directions
    • Ideal for: families with children / couples / teenagers. Given the pebbles, the beach is not suitable for those with mobility problems. The sloping seabed makes the sea suitable for children, but they cannot be lost sight of anyway
    • Type of beach: pebbles
    • Access: the entrance is private, therefore for a fee, but no type of service is guaranteed
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per room -

    11 - Capo Gallo Reserve, Palermo (PA)

    Cala Gallo di Palermo is located within the Oriented Natural Reserve of Capo Gallo, the great green lung of the island, given the richness of Mediterranean vegetation contained. The cove is nothing more than a long expanse of rocks, just big enough to stretch out in the sun, immersed in a harsh landscape that is almost exotic at times. THE three kilometers of wild and rocky coast they are bathed by a crystalline sea, of a color that goes from green to blue, with depths rich in different species of marine flora and fauna. Recommended for snorkelers and scuba divers

    • from Palermo you have to get to Sferracavallo and then follow towards Punta Barcarello, where you can leave your car at the boat storage. Then continue on foot along a path that runs along Monte Gallo. The cove is 16km from Palermo and can be reached in about thirty minutes - Get directions
    • Ideal for: couples / teenagers since the path to get to the beach is long and bumpy, we also recommend wearing rock shoes and bringing the necessary to fight the heat (sun protection, hair and water) and snorkeling equipment
    • Type of beach: rocks
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b in Palermo from € 50,00 per room -

    12 - Capo Rama Reserve, Terrasini (PA)

    The Oriented Reserve of Capo Rama is located near Terrasini, and has been protected since 1968 by the Municipality of Terrasini as a "Biotope of inestimable value". In the green area it is possible to stop and organize picnics while the coast is full of inlets, scenic promoters and numerous sea caves. The cliff, the most fascinating point in the area, is dominated by the remains of a watchtower, the first of many other finds present. Both the seabed and the surrounding greenery are inhabited by various representatives of the island's characteristic flora and fauna.

    • it is 42 km from Palermo, and can be reached in about 50 minutes - Get directions
    • Ideal for: the area is accessible to all. The descent to the sea is recommended for couples / children, as the path is bumpy
    • Type of beach: rocks
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 52,00 per room -

    13 - Mazzaforno Beach - Cefalù (PA)

    That of Mazzaforno is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cefalù, and owes its name to the nearby town of the same name. The coast is formed by a series of accesses to the sea, through jagged rocks, except by small sandy and pebbly beaches, all called Mazzaforno. The main beach is mainly made up of sand mixed with pebbles, is washed by clear waters, and is equipped with private beaches, villages and hotels. The secondary beach, on the other hand, is wilder and has a particular charm, given by the rocks that emerge from the turquoise sea, which frames the completely sandy coast.

    • take the SS113 towards Palermo, until you reach the junction for Mazzaforno. The entrance to the secondary beach is near the Baia dei 7 Emiri residence while, the access to the main one is near the Le Terrazze residence - Get directions
    • Ideal for: the primary beach is recommended for everyone while the descent to the secondary beach is recommended for couples, children and / or athletes, given the bumpy path
    • Type of beach: sand mixed with pebbles, sand only
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

    14 - Cala Azzurra - Favignana (TP)

    The Cala Azzurra beach is located on the southern side of the island of Favignana. Located in an area protected from the winds, which makes the sea be always calm, the beach is divided in two by the presence of several rocks. The coast, made up of fine white sand such as talcum powder, is bathed by a blue sea, always clear and particularly low, even at a great distance from the shore.

    • the cove can be reached from the center of Favignana going towards Punta Marsala - Get directions
    • Ideal for: all
    • Type of beach: White sand
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b in Favignana from € 60,00 per room -

    15 - Beach of the French - Bagheria (PA)

    Among the most suggestive of the whole Palermo coast, the beach of the French or "Baia dei Francesi" is located in the Gulf of Mongerbino, near Santa Flavia and Bagheria. Small cove, crowned by the rocks of Capo Zafferano, the area probably owes its name to the high percentage of French tourists who once populated its coasts. Among the most beautiful tourist destinations in all of Sicily, the beach of the French is characterized by the presence of Mediterranean vegetation and crystal clear waters.

    • along the SS13 - Get directions
    • Ideal for: Not recommended for the elderly, families with children and people with physical problems, given the absence of services in the area and access to the beach, which takes place down several steps, immersed in the Mediterranean scrub
    • Type of beach: rocks / sand
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per room -

    16 - Rabbit Beach - Lampedusa (AG)

    The Spiaggia dei Conigli is part of the Oriented Nature Reserve of the Island of Lampedusa, and is the largest in size. The beach is of fine white sand, bathed by a crystalline and transparent sea. Defined by Domenico Modugno "the pool of God", the beach was elected by TripAdvisor in 2013 as the most beautiful beach in the world.

    • take the road that leads to Capo Ponente, the entrance is to the left of a kiosk - Get directions
    • Ideal for: the area is suitable for everyone
    • Type of beach: sand
    • Access: free
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

    17- San Teodoro beach - Marsala (TP)

    The San Teodoro beach is an enchanting place, immersed in the beautiful Stagnone Lagoon Nature Reserve. Characterized by the presence of small and large beaches, all of fine white sand, the beach changes its face with the alternation of the tides: when the water recedes, it is possible to walk to a small island, which is located right in front of the coast . Behind the scenery is that of Mount Erice and the Stagnone reserve, while, in the middle of the sea, the Egadi islands stand out in all their splendor. In short, a real paradise.

    • along the SP21, then follow the signs for San Teodoro - Get directions
    • Ideal for: the area is accessible to all, and it is possible to choose between lidos or free beaches
    • Type of beach: White sand
    • Access: free and paid (approximately € 30,00)
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 54,00 per room -

    18 - Beach of Isola delle Femmine (PA)

    Isola delle Femmine is a small town not far from Palermo. Its coastline is a succession of cliffs and pretty coves, which satisfy all tastes. In general, families prefer sandy beaches and equipped lidos, where the sea is shallow and the waters are always calm. Diving lovers, on the other hand, are spoiled for choice, given the authentic corners of paradise hidden among the seabed. Then in the evening, the coast turns into a real open-air venue, where you can have a happy hour with friends, dine by the sea or dance until late at night.

    • by bus, using different lines, by train, by car or by boat - Get directions
    • Ideal for: young people, families with children, couples, lovers of diving and snorkeling
    • Type of beach: White sand
    • Access: free and paid
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b in Palermo from € 50,00 per room -

    19 - San Leone Beach, Agrigento (AG)

    Lido di San Leone is the beach of Agrigento, meeting place on summer evenings and the beating heart of night entertainment, suitable for young people and families with children. Rich in beaches and bathing establishments, San Leone is characterized by soft golden sand, and an always clear blue sea. The area is often windswept, that's why it's a lot loved by surfers. The sea, however, thanks to a real barrier of rocks, is calm for very long stretches

    • by car, along the provincial road 15 - Get directions
    • Ideal for: young people, families with children, couples, lovers of water sports
    • Type of beach: golden sand
    • Access: free and paid
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

    20 - Lido Playa of Castellammare del Golfo (TP)

    The Playa beach is characterized by the presence of a long coastline, where it is possible to choose between free spaces or equipped beaches. Reference point for tourists during the summer season, given the vast presence of famous beaches such as "Peter Pan", "Zanzibar" and "Pirata", boasts a series of play areas dedicated to children, entertainment and catering services. But, the strong point of the beach is certainly its sand, which is so thin to the touch that it is comparable to talcum powder. The coast, in addition to developing in length, also preserves a substantial space in width, making it possible to have a little privacy even on the busiest days. Playa di Castellammare del Golfo is also ideal for snorkeling: diving it is possible to admire fish of very different shades of color.

    • it is about 1 km from the town, so whoever wants to can reach it on foot. Otherwise, you can take a small train that leaves from the port of Castellammare and goes around the beaches - Get directions
    • Ideal for: young people, families with children, couples, lovers of water sports
    • Type of beach: golden sand
    • Access: free and paid
    • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per room -

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