Acireale is a city in the province of Catania, famous for its baroque architechture, authentic winter carnivals and fertile land in its surroundings that made home to endless aromatic lemon fields and plantations.
Acireale coast stretches for a 14 km along the Ionian coast between Catania and Taormina, and also from the sea to up the hill where the historic city centre and famous city park with amazing views on the sea and Etna volcano are located.
Acireale coast makes part of a marvelous Ionian riviera with its crystal clean deep waters, it’s characterized by the rocky beaches of the volcanic origin (‘la scogliera’) along the city coastline.
The coastline of Acireale stretches from the Natural reserve ‘La Timpa’ to Torre Archirafi and the port of Riposto with its seaside beautiful villages Santa Maria la Scala, Santa Tecla, Stazzo, and Pozzillo. It is ideal for those who appreciate the quality of sea water and enjoy swimming and seaside lifestyle, – snorkelling, diving, fishing, kayaking are good and can be arranged in most of the villages along the coast.
Acireale is more about clean deep sea, fresh seafood, baroque architechture and family type of vacation. There are quite a few delicious seafood restaurants, trattorias, “sicilian mamma cooking” type of places as well as tasty pizzerias overlooking the sea. However, after midnight those places are likely to get empty even in high season.
For vibrant nightlife we recommend to take a ride to either Aci Trezza (e.g. Banacher disco club between Aci Castello and Aci Trezza is half-way between Catania and Acireale) or to Giardini Naxos or/and Taormina that offer multiple nightlife options.
Banacher is a closer ride than the latter two, while locations in and around Taormina (e.g. La Giara, Septimo, Capo dei Greci) are high-end.
Here are some travel tips and ideas for day trips from Acireale and its coastal villages.
Activities and sports
Snorkelling, diving can be arranged in most of the seaside villages along the coast. Volcanic beach “scogliera” is a particularity of this area, the sea is very clean and deep.