Sicily beaches: a hard choice?
No, it’s definitely not. The island is full of nice bays and the coastline is spectacular almost anywhere you go.
There are just three things to take into account to be fully ready to hop on hop off Sicily’s beaches:
Far from all the Sicily’s best beaches are sandy. Moreover, most of them are not. Be open-minded about this experience, try the volcanic rocky beaches – and you will not regret. At the end of the day, traveling aims at trying new things and opening horizons, doesn’t it?
2. High season
Keep in mind that in summer almost any beach within easy reach by public transport will be crowded. It is in particular the case for August and July, and the weekends in June and September. Crowds mean little space for your sunbed or towel, but also – which is double sad – dirtier ambience. The locals have part of their fault here, but don’t be too harsh on them. Try to avoid peak season or be prepared to pay quite a bit for private serviced lidos. And you’ll be rewarded!
3. Sicily beaches away from it all
If you are looking for the best secluded beaches away-from-it-all – we will write about it our next blog post, so stay with us. Just a little hint for now – the Aeolian islands, Favignana, Ustica or even Lampedusa are all islands (or even archipelagoes) within the region of Sicily. They are all well worth a separate trip, and aren’t too crowded even in summer.
But today we will give a brief on Sicily’s beaches easily accessible (most even by public transport) from major places of interest or major Sicilian towns.
Best beach towns and Sicily beaches on Sicily’s mainland
The list is numeric, but it does not mean one place is better than the other. We start from Taormina and make a full circle.
Famous, scenic, popular, pricey. Isola Bella, Mazzaro and Spisone are the beaches of Taormina’s coastline.
Here is a video of the Spisone beach in Taormina:
2. Santa Teresa di Riva
This is one of the beaches relatively close to Taormina that has recently taken a Blue flag for the quality of the beach.
3. Torre Faro /Messina
Overlooking Italy’s mainland, this beach has a good entrance for kids and is sandy
4. Tindari beach
This one could go into secluded section as it is far from major cities and airports, it is never jammed, and it is pretty well maintained due to the fact that the area is protected. Oliveri is the closest resort town which is a good choice for a vacation with kids, never too crowded.
Probably our favourite, Cefalu is a great mix of a nice medieval town and a piece of panoramic sandy coastline!
Boasting acquamarine waters and extremely photogenic, Mondello is the beach for Palermo. It would give a real Maldives feelling if there fewer people there. It almost never happens though. This is the place to avoid in July and August, on weekends and Italian public holidays from May to mid-September.
7. San Vito lo Capo
One of Sicily’s most famous beach resort towns, San Vito lo Capo is a pleasant place to be and is possible to reach by public transport. The town beach is simply beautiful, and it is sandy again.
8. Castellammare del Golfo/Scopello
Scopello is a smaller neighbour of Castellammare and it is also next to the Riserva dello Zingaro – great for a short visit, or for an entire vacation. Quite easy to reach from Trapani.
9. Scala dei Turchi
The southern coastline (Agrigento and Trapani provinces) is full of nice beaches, but Scala dei Turchi is arguably the most famous one. It is also easier to spot among all the others as it will be surely on your map of Sicily.
10. Marina di Ragusa
Marina di Ragusa, Pozzallo and Donnalucata are three Sicily beach resort towns with beautiful mixed sandy and rocky coastline. It frequently takes the Blue flag for the quality of the beach. For the arrivals at Comiso airport these towns are good options to explore Sicily beaches.
Marzamemi and San Lorenzo have become popular recently, and the popularity is well deserved! Turquoise water and soft sand – what else would you need?
12. Fontane Bianche
A summer residence for a significant part of Siracuse locals, Fontane Bianche becomes very lively in summer. It is a good choice for a family vacation, but couples will also find it lovely!
13. Playa di Catania
In summer months there is a regular bus service from Catania downtown to Lidi Playa. Catania’s Playa is a stretch of several miles of a sandy coastline, which becomes very busy in July and August. A good lido e.g. Le Capannine, Lido Internazionale or Lido Azzurro is an alternative option to three public beaches along the coast which are usually dirty by mid-summer.
Faraglioni coast beside hectic Catania is your choice for kayak, snorkelling and leisure sunbathing if you don’t mind volcanic rocks around as a reminder of a powerful neighbour – volcano Etna.
15. Giardini Naxos
Completing the circle around Sicily’s mainland, Giardini is a popular beach resort town serviced all year round.
Hope this makes it a little bit clearer?