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The most beautiful beaches in Sicily

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Sicily is a truly magical region, home to very ancient civilizations, culture and traditions that have been lost over the centuries. The welcome is priceless, the natural spectacles are unique in the world, the food delicious. Do you need more, to decide to visit this beautiful Mediterranean island? The ancient Trinacria offers secret corners to be discovered, where the sea and the wildest nature come together to create breathtaking views.
Here because Sicily is one of the favorite destinations to enjoy the sea, the transparent and crystalline one, near beaches that pass from the rocks that plunge into the blue waters to long stretches of low beach with very fine sand. So here's a list of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily.



Index

  1. Best beaches in Eastern Sicily
  2. Best Beaches in Western Sicily
  3. Best beaches in the Islands
  4. User questions and comments

Best beaches in Eastern Sicily

1 - Marinello, Oliveri (ME)

The beach is characterized by thin sand, hot water and a series of salt lakes.
The beach also has a characteristic strip of sand that forms a small peninsula and which, on one side, protects the coast forming one natural pool of calm water.


  • from Messina, take the E90 until the junction for Falcone, continue for about 4 km passing Oliveri and Marinello, following the signs for the beach - Get directions
  • Type: sand
  • Entrance: free with the presence of beaches
  • Recommended for: families, young people
  • Nearby places of interest: Greek Theater of Tindari (9 km), Sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari (9 km)
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 54,00 per room -

2 - Riviera of the Cyclops, Aci Trezza (CT)

It is a stretch of coast that it extends from Catania to Acireale. It is a coast created by the countless volcanic eruptions of Etna, which dominates the panorama. This beach takes its name from the legend of Ulysses and the Cyclops and is steeped in local history and culture, as well as offering spectacular views.


  • take the Messina - Catania A18 motorway, exit at Acireale and follow the signs for the Riviera dei Ciclopi or use the State Road 114 from Catania towards Messina - Get directions
  • Type: rocks
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: young people, surfers, diving enthusiasts
  • Nearby places of interest: Etna Park (20 km), Catania (10 km)
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

3 - Fontane Bianche, province of Syracuse

This beach takes its name from freshwater fountains present in the area and is formed by light sand but also by stretches of cliff. The sea here is comparable to that of the tropics!
The beach is part of theMarine Protected Area Plemmirio and is ideal for practicing numerous water sports.


  • from Catania and Palermo, follow the signs for Syracuse, continue on the highway to Cassibile and follow the signs for Fontane Bianche - Get directions
  • Type: sand
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: families, young people, lovers of water sports
  • Nearby places of interest: Syracuse (12 km), Plemmirio Marine Protected Area, Cavagrande del Cassibile Nature Reserve (5 km)
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

4 - Calamosche, Noto (SR)

It is a paradise to say the least, inside theVendicari Wildlife Oasis, with a wonderful sea which offers intense and vivid colors. You will not resist the temptation of a bath!
Nearby are present natural caves where you can admire a varied marine fauna. In addition to the golden and fine sand, there are also two rocky promontories that make the sea always calm and relaxing.


  • take the provincial road 19 (Pachino-Noto), turn right and follow the signs for "Spiaggia Calamosche", approximately 11,40 km from Pachino - Get directions
  • Type: mixed
  • Entrance: free with the presence of beaches
  • Recommended for: families, young people, lovers of nature and marine animals
  • Nearby places of interest: archaeological remains of Eloro (8,8 km), Noto (11 km), Marzamemi (16 km)
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -

5 - Vendicari, Noto (SR)

Sicily hides a myriad of wonderful corners and this beach almost seems to be hidden in the heart of Vendicari Nature Reserve. Fine golden sand e a beautiful natural environment, composed of dunes and lagoons, make this beach the ideal habitat for a variety of flora and fauna.


  • highway A18 Messina-Catania-Siracusa or A19 Palermo-Catania-Siracusa, exit "Bivio Cassibile" and continue for the SS115. Reach the SP19 Pachino-Noto towards "Torre Vendicari" and follow the road signs for the entrances to the Reserve - Get directions
  • Type: sand, rocks, mixed
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: families, young people, lovers of Mediterranean flora and fauna
  • Nearby places of interest: archaeological remains of Eloro (6,8 km), Noto (11 km), Marzamemi (14 km)
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -

Best Beaches in Western Sicily

1 - Mondello, Palermo

Famous as the beach of Palermo, Mondello is the ideal place to combine nature and history. The sand is clear and the sea is crystal clear, but the surroundings are also unmissable, with the Liberty style villas and the numerous archaeological sites.


  • from Palermo there are continuous connections (about every 15 minutes) with urban buses (line 806) - Get directions
  • Type: sand
  • Entrance: free with the presence of beaches
  • Recommended for: all
  • Nearby places of interest: Palermo (12,5 km), Capo Gallo Nature Reserve (4 km)
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 61,00 per room -

2 - San Vito Lo Capo, province of Trapani

The beach of "Santu Vitu" is located at the north-western tip of Sicily, in a bay close to the mountain.
The sea here is deep blue, clean and crystalline, the sand is white like the houses in the town.

  • from Trapani take the provincial roads 20 and 18 - Get directions
  • Type: sand
  • Entrance: free with the presence of beaches
  • Recommended for: families, young people, surfers
  • Nearby places of interest: Riserva dello Zingaro (40 km by land, 15 km by sea), Scopello (40 km by land, 15 km by sea)
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -

3 - Lido di Cefalù, Cefalù (PA)

Cefalù is a town overlooking the sea and has a beautiful beach close to the historic center. The Lido di Cefalù offers visitors a limpid and crystalline sea and a beach of fine and clear sand. This area is also known and popular for the presence of numerous clubs and for the lively nightlife.

  • A20 Palermo - Messina motorway, Cefalù exit - Get directions
  • Type: sand
  • Entrance: free with the presence of beaches
  • Recommended for: families, young people
  • Nearby places of interest: historic center of Cefalù
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

4 - Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte (AG)

A real masterpiece of nature is the one sculpted at this beach, which is located close to one very white cliff of white marl overlooking the sea of ​​a clear and crystalline blue. To take your breath away! Various legends tell of how the boats of Turkish pirates found refuge here.

  • follow the signs for Porto Empedocle, then follow the signs for Lido Rossello for about 7 km - Get directions
  • Type: rocks and sand
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: Young people
  • Nearby places of interest: Porto Empedocle (5 km)
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

5 - Cala Capreria, Zingaro Nature Reserve (TP)

The beach consists of colored pebbles and clear rocks, close to clear and turquoise waters. This beach is located in the Zingaro Nature Reserve and is a secluded corner with a wild charm.

  • from San Vito lo Capo continue towards Villaggio Calampiso - Riserva Zingaro - Get directions
  • Type: mixed
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: families, young people
  • Nearby places of interest: San Vito lo Capo, Scopello, Castellammare Del Golfo
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -

Best beaches in the Islands


1 - Lake of the Mirror of Venus, Pantelleria (Aeolian)

At the center of a circular basin, an ancient volcanic crater, there is the Lake of the Mirror of Venus, which reaches a maximum depth of 15 meters. Surrounded by muds and hot springs, the lake and its sand are famous for cosmetic and therapeutic properties.

  • it is located in the north of the island of Pantelleria, half a kilometer east of the small airport - Get directions
  • Type: sand
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: families, young people, spa lovers
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

2 - Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa (Pelagie)

A unique place, a wonder of nature, which the whole world envies us. Considered by many the most beautiful beach on Earth, is made up of rocks and rocks and a beautiful sea with colors ranging from emerald green to cobalt blue.
Why Spiaggia dei Conigli? Its name derives from an incorrect translation of the name Rabit Island, which in Arabic means "connection", while in English it is translated as rabbit. The island is located in the Oriented Nature Reserve of Lampedusa and is also home to the hatching of the eggs of the Caretta Caretta sea turtles.

  • is about 4.5 km from the town, to reach it first take the Capo Ponente road and, after parking, proceed on foot along a dirt road downhill for a few hundred meters, until you reach a panoramic point - Get directions
  • Type: rocks
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: young people, lovers of nature and marine fauna
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -

3 - White Beach, Lipari (Aeolian Islands)

È the most beautiful beach on the island of Lipari and it was named for the pumice sediments present in the sand that composes it.
The beach can be reached on foot from the town of Canneto and is ideal for children, thanks to the warm waters of the sea that laps it.

  • it is located north of Canneto, to reach it follow the signs for Acquacalda - Get directions
  • Type: sand
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: families, young people
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

4 - Pollara Beach, Salina (Aeolian Islands)

Pollara Beach is located at the north western end of the island and is enclosed by a suggestive tuff cliff overlooking the sea. Composed of gravel and dark stones, it is ideal for those looking for a hidden corner where to swim in the transparent water. The charm of this beach has not gone unnoticed by the world of cinema, it has in fact been chosen as location for film Il Postino di Troisi.

  • from the center of Pollara, reachable by bus from Santa Marina Salina, you will have to walk a long and steep path that leads to the sea in about 30 minutes - Get directions
  • Type: rocks
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: young people, lovers of secluded corners of the sea
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 61,00 per room -

5 - Cala Rossa, Favignana (Egadi)

It is located north west of the island of Favignana and is set in inlets and rocks that line the paradisiacal sea. Red like the blood shed here during the Punic wars, the cove can be reached by sea, by boat, or by land, via a steep path

  • it is located on the northern coast of the island, at the crossroads where you will find a road sign indicating the location of the cove - Get directions
  • Type: rocks
  • Entrance: free
  • Recommended for: Young people
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -
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