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The 10 most popular beaches beautiful of Taormina

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Called the pearl of the Ionian, between Catania and Messina rises Taormina. This renowned Sicilian town in fact enjoys a good position that not only makes it easy to reach, but also gives it a unique charm with characteristic breathtaking views. Mount Tauro rises on a hill, with Etna behind it and a very long coastline bathed by the Mediterranean in front.

If you are thinking of a beach holiday in Taormina, then you have the right place in mind! Sandy and other rocky beaches, natural or equipped, in Taormina and surroundings you will find what you are looking for, you just need to know which are the best locations. Here the 10 most beautiful beaches in Taormina!



1 - Isola Bella, Taormina

Isola Bella is the most beautiful and visited beach in Taormina for its particularity. A mixture between a rock and a small atoll covered with vegetation, surrounded by large pebbles, immersed in clear waters and easily reachable on foot from the mainland thanks to a thin strip of sand that emerges even more at low tide.

The beach in front is also very beautiful, characterized by light and golden pebbles, free and with just the essential services such as some bars and restaurants but, being in a position very close to the city, it is possible to enjoy the evening and nightlife in the many clubs of Taormina. Furthermore Isola Bella is ideal, not only for relaxation, but for diving as its rocks attract different marine fauna.


  • Where it is: at the city center, on the stretch of coast between Taormina and Mazzarò, reachable on foot in 30 minutes or by car via the Provincial road 10 and Via Nazionale - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, nightlife, diving
  • Type: stones

2 - Mazzarò beach

Mazzarò beach is not far from Taormina and the previous Isola Bella that you can even think of visiting them one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. It's about a small bay nestled between two rocky promontories, sprinkled with gravel and sand and washed by a clear and clean sea with shallow and pebbly bottoms.

Mazzarò Beach is also a good compromise between relaxation without missing anything and nightlifeIn fact, along the stretch of coast there are some restaurants, bathing establishments, hotels and resorts (mostly luxury) while in the immediate vicinity the choice of night clubs is wide. It should be noted that despite the bathing establishments, however, many parts of the beach are free!


  • Where it is: just north of Taormina, reachable in 10 minutes by car along the Provincial road 10 and Via Nazionale, with the Beachbus that leaves from the city center at a cost of € 1,10 or on foot in half an hour - Get indications
  • Ideal for: relaxation and nightlife
  • Type: sand and gravel

3 - Spisone beach

Among the most famous beaches of Taormina is the Spisone Beach, a great place for those looking for comfort and tranquility at the same time as it is further away from the center, consequently less crowded, with more free stretches and a smaller number of bathing establishments.

The beach is large and characterized by a landscape that changes dividing into two scenarios: to the south overhanging rocks and enchanting views, to the north a long expanse of sand and crystal clear sea without rocks.


  • Where it is: north of Taormina, reachable in 12 minutes by car via the Provincial road 10 or with the Beachbus dedicated to the beaches that leaves from the city center at a cost of € 1,10 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: golden sand

4 - Mazzeo beach

The Mazzeo Beach is less known than other beaches of Taormina but still boasts a limpid and crystalline sea and this makes it one less frequented but equally beautiful and very quiet beach. Definitely a plus for those who want to stay away from the crowds.

It is a long stretch of mostly gravel surrounded by a beautiful promenade full of bars, kiosks and restaurants. Plus on the beach private beaches alternate with umbrellas and sunbeds and free stretches on which to settle comfortably and without having to worry about not finding a place.


  • Where it is: north of Taormina, reachable in 15 minutes by car via Via Nazionale or with the Beachbus dedicated to the beaches which leaves from the city center at a cost of € 1,10 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: stones

5 - Letojanni beach

Further north of Taormina, in an even quieter area than the previous one, the Letojanni beach offers a very long stretch of white sand mixed with gravel with a clear, clear and clean sea. The beach is equipped with various services made available by the beaches equipped which provide umbrellas, deck chairs, showers, changing rooms and bar service open to all, but there are also 2 kilometers of free coast, always well kept, for those who prefer to bring everything from home.

If you are also looking for sports activities then the Letojanni beach is ideal with aassociation in the immediate vicinity offering water sports, sea excursions and diving. And to top it off, in the evening the clubs near the beach come alive with lights, music, people and drinks.


  • Where it is: north of Taormina, reachable in 17 minutes by car via Statale 114 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, sport and nightlife
  • Type: white sand and stones

6 - Giardini Naxos beach

With the Giardini Naxos beach we move further south of Taormina, in a place that is both beautiful and popular, ideal for relaxing but also for having fun. Plus this beach is one of the few sandy beaches in the area, made different from the others thanks to its golden and very fine sand. This long stretch of coast is also characterized by its wide sickle shape bordered to the south by Capo Schisò which gives it a certain charm, and is bathed by very blue and clean waters with depths that gradually become deep remaining low for several meters. An important feature for families with children!

Giardini Naxos Beach is sometimes free and sometimes busy from bathing establishments with various tourist services, while on the promenade there are bars, restaurants and night clubs for those looking for a fun-filled holiday. The icing on the cake: the splendid view over Castelmola and Taormina.


  • Where it is: south of Taormina, reachable in 20 minutes by car via Statale 114 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and nightlife
  • Type: golden sand

7 - San Marco beach, Calatabiano

The San Marco di Calatabiano beach is located south of Taormina, in a well-preserved natural area given the few buildings in the surrounding area. This is certainly a plus for lovers of natural and wild beaches to relax surrounded by nature rather than close to the busy bathing establishments.

The beach is in fact one long stretch of sand and pebbles, mostly deserted and free, with few dining facilities and equipped with umbrellas only in some points. It is also surrounded by a verdant grove of eucalyptus and acacias with various cultivated fields and citrus groves nearby. The sea that bathes it is very blue and clear, but above all always clean thanks to the limited buildings and services along the coast.

  • Where it is: south of Taormina, reachable in 25 minutes by car via the Statale 114 and the Provincial 127 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, nature
  • Type: sand and stones

8 - Villagonia beach

Villagonia is a town just south of Taormina, located in a gulf and easily accessible thanks to its position close to the train station and very close to the historic center. This makes it the beach busiest and most accessible in the area, where moreover, when the sun goes down, the nightlife is unleashed with a wide choice of clubs for all tastes including the most popular disco, Lido Panasia.

The beach is surrounded by a beautiful promenade, but nevertheless it remains very natural offering few services, a short stretch of gravel and a magnificent blue sea that on the most beautiful days hosts sailboats, motorboats, yachts and fishermen.

  • Where it is: south of Taormina, reachable in 30 minutes on foot or 10 by car via Via Nazionale - Get directions
  • Ideal for: nightlife
  • Type: rocks and stones

9 - S. Teresa di Riva beach

The beach of Santa Teresa di Riva is a bit far from Taormina, but it is still worth spending a day there as made suggestive by its conformation. It is in fact a long and wide expanse of dark sand mixed with pebbles, in perfect contrast with the light color and clarity of the sea, bordered on one side by cliffs overlooking the sea and for the most part free.

However, there is no shortage of bathing establishments. They are present in small part with umbrellas and deck chairs, leaving more space in natural stretches where there are simple bars and restaurants of various kinds.

  • Where it is: north of Taormina, reachable in 30 minutes by car via Via Nazionale - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: dark sand and stones

10 - Cottone Beach, Fiumefreddo di Sicilia

Like the previous one, the Cottone beach is also far from Taormina but it is worth a visit. It is about a very long stretch of soft sand, bathed by very blue waters and with an equally long Mediterranean grove behind it that allows access to the beach through paths. This beach has been awarded the blue flag several times and it is also easily reachable by car thanks to a large parking lot nearby, located between the seafront and the grove.

Definitely a plus point for the Cottone beach is the fact that there are fewer bathing establishments and more free beaches, with few catering services, offered exclusively by the few beaches present, making it a very natural and uncrowded coastal stretch, almost deserted, with more simplicity in finding parking.

  • Where it is: south of Taormina, reachable in 30 minutes by car via the Statale 114 and the Provincial 71 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, nature
  • Type: sand

Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip to Taormina: flights, hotels and tours

Taormina has a good tourist influx and given its position between Catania and Messina, getting there is really simple thanks to various air and non-air connections. You can fly low cost to Catania and then travel by bus (€ 4,00 each way / 90 minutes). If you are already in the city, just take the bus from the bus station (€ 3,70 / 2 hours). Obviously it can also be reached by car arriving in Messina by sea with ferries every 20 minutes (€ 37,00 by vehicle / € 2,50 on foot), then continuing on the motorway to the Taormina exit.

Arrived at their destination the ideal would be to have your own vehicle, but alternatively you can rent a car at an average cost of € 30,00 per day. If you decide to remain without one, Taormina and its immediate vicinity can also be easily visited on foot, while for the neighboring beaches there is the Beachbus service at a cost of € 1,10 each way.

For the rest the holiday is not exactly the cheapest in Sicily given the prices in the area, such as rooms with breakfast included around € 70,00 per night and full meals for a little less. However, we advise you to spend a little more on accommodation by choosing one as close as possible to the beaches, perhaps with half board to limit the extra costs and not have to worry about anything.

  • starting from € 29,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • cruise along the coast and swim at Isola Bella walking tour with visit to the Greek Theater private half day walking tour
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