Sicily, thanks to its colorful cultural, historical and gastronomic offer, remains one of the most sought-after destinations, but tourists who arrive in Sicily during summer especially want sea, beaches and sun: can you blame them?
Our beautiful Island in fact looks out on three different seas: it is bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea on the northern coast, the east coast is refreshed by the Ionian Sea, while the south coast is bathed by the sea of Sicily.
The diversity of its coasts, of the fauna and of the flora, make the Sicilian beaches unique in their kind.
But what are the most beautiful beaches in Sicily not to be missed or those you have to see at least once in your life? Read on to find out.
Known as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” due to its position and its luxuriant nature given by the coexistence of the Mediterranean vegetation and some succulent plants, it connects to the mainland, precisely to Taormina, thanks to a stretch of sand that can be walked on.
Its waters, whose color is reminiscent of an emerald, look out on the Ionian Sea and attract thousands of tourists every year. Besides the possibility of hiking excursions, during which you can admire the various surrounding caves including the Grotta Azzurra, Grotta della Conchiglia, and the Naxos Bay, you can also visit the Naturalistic Museum, opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am onwards.
Located in Selinunte, in the Agrigento region, it is the only Sicilian beach where you can swim while dominated by the Acropolis hill, the most suggestive area of the Archaeological Park. Another peculiarity of this beach is the possibility to admire the ancient slabs that made up the majestic ancient port of Selinunte, which nowadays lies submerged from centuries.
It is the most famous beach in the Vendicari reserve, ideal for all those who are looking for a pristine place and that can do without the comfort offered by the organized private beaches.
he cove extends along about 200 meters, and is bordered by two rocky headlands which shelter it from the currents, resulting in a calm and crystalline sea with nothing to envy to that of the Caribbean.
To get to the sandy beac, you need to walk a path of about 1 km, but at the end of the journey all your efforts will be repaid.
Spiaggia del Minareto
It is a small cove formed between the rocks of Plemmirio, close to the lighthouse of Massoliveri, in Syracuse. Featuring fine sand, warm and calm water and a seabed where there is a thick “prairie” of posidonia. The white rocks, the crystal-clear sea and the possibility to witness both sunrises and sunsets, let it become a little corner of paradise.
Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro
It extends for 7 km, precisely from the part of coast that goes from San Vito Lo Capo to Castellamare del Golfo. It consists of an ensemble of several beaches: the first, from the North entrance, is Tonnarella dell’Uzzo: the largest and also the most known of the Sicilian beaches.
In case you want to find a less crowded place, you need to take a walk enjoying the view: this is the only way to reach Cala Marinella, Cala Beretta, Cala della Disa, Cala del Varo and Cala della Capreria.
The coves, each one different from the other, succeed in a mix of colors and peerless aromas, surrounded by the Mediterranean scrub that seems to dive into a sea of colors ranging from green to intense blue.
Spiaggia di Mondello
We are certainly talking about the most beautiful and evocative beach in Palermo, which extends over almost the entire Gulf. It is characterized by a fine and very clear sand and azure sea, so much so that it looks like a huge natural pool. The surrounding landscape merges between sea and mountain: surrounded by tall palm trees, the seaside resort is located between Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo.
Spiaggia del castello di Falconara
It is a beach made of white sand, where there are rocks and reefs that offer a picturesque setting, as well as being a natural shelter against the sun. But the real peculiarity is the presence of the castle of Falconara, which overlooks the surrounding landscape with its beauty, further enriching it.
Spiaggia dei Conigli
According to “TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Beaches Awards 2019” is the most beautiful beach in Italy. Located on the island of Lampedusa, it offers to the many tourists who come to its beach a dream scenario composed by a crystal-clear sea rich in blue shades, and an incredible marine fauna, including the protected specie of turtle “Carretta Carretta”.
Located in the north-eastern part, it is certainly among the most beautiful beaches on the island of Favignana. The bay is made up of calcarenite rocks and opens onto a sea so blue and clear that it gives birth to the phenomenon of “floating boats”.
The bay can be reached up to a certain point by bike or scooter, but then it is necessary to continue on foot: it is only 10 minutes of walking. It’s a beach made of rocks and flat reefs on which it is possible to sit and relax enjoying the wonderful panorama, or admire the old tuff caves.
La spiaggia di Montalbano
Located in the province of Ragusa, more precisely in the seaside resort of Punta Secca, it owes its name to the famous television drama series: in fact, on the beach stands the house of the famous commissioner created by Camilleri, today converted into a b&b. The fine sand is interspersed with rocky areas that emerge from the sea and are called “banks”.
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