The most beautiful beaches line the 1000km long stretch of Sicilian coastline and its numerous islands. Sandy beaches, pebbly bays, untouched nature reserves or bizarre limestone formations: Sicily offers a variety of top beaches for your individual beach holiday. There is barely any other place, where the diverse coastlines, bays and landscapes are concentrated so closely together. We have put together the best beaches for you and will take you on a journey to volcanoes, azure waters and rocky pirate bays. Make a note of Sicily for a trip. It is worth it!
Immediately before Taormina lies the tiny island Isola Bella on the east coast of Sicily. The rocky and lush overgrown island is only connected to Sicily by a white, narrow beach of sand and gravel. You can even swim to Isola Bella at high tide. The crystal-clear, pleasantly warm water is ideal for hours of snorkelling around the wild nature reserve. You can reach the beach on foot or by cable car Taormina-Mazzaró. The five-minute drive promises a breath-taking view.
Our tip: An excursion by boat will show you the best places around the island.
The 8km long beach stretches along the coastline of the picturesque town of Capo d'Orlando at the foot of the Nebrodi Mountains. Both sandy beach and occasional cliffs and coves characterise the coastline. Transparent waters make for a great seaside retreat, and diving goggles and snorkels are the perfect gear to watch a few shoals on the algae. In the picturesque village, the restaurants serve excellent fish and shellfish dishes.
Our tip: From the lighthouse at the end of the beach you have a panoramic view over the long coastline.
The "Staircase of the Turks" owes its name to the earlier invasions of Turkish pirates. Over time, wind and weather have ground a staircase pattern into the white marlstone of the huge rock. An unforgettable backdrop! You have to descend to the sandy beach via some steep paths along the rock. Sites with healing mud are being used extensively. In turn, other tourists jump from the cliffs and rocks into the blue shimmering water. The easiest way to get to Scala dei Turchi is by car or bike from nearby Realmonte.
Our tip: For photos, you should visit the Scala dei Turchi early in the morning or in the evening when the sun's light bathes the rock in an unreal light.
Strange stone sculptures, monoliths and rock towers characterise the soul of Cala Rossa on the island of Favignana, west of Sicily. It was named after a battle that killed so many Phoenicians that the place was henceforth called "the red bay". The roads from Corso and Quattro Vanelle to the bay have countless traffic signs. From the main road, follow an unpaved road until a sign prohibits you from continuing. From here you continue on foot. Above the cliffs there is a small takeaway providing sandwiches and drinks. The bay is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and cliff diving.
Our tip: The caves in the western part of the bay entice you to discover fascinating rock formations and caves.
The nature reserve Vendicari in the south-east of Sicily is home to the beach Calamosche and various small lagoons. An enchanting flora and fauna, as well as the fact that Calamosche is usually quieter than the surrounding beach resorts, make this spot a real insider tip. On the approximately 2km walk from the car park to the beach, you can watch lizards, flamingos and various birds. The sandy lagoon looks as though it has been cut into the lateral rock sections and captivates with its sapphire blue sea in the midst of a rustic landscape.
Our tip: From the higher hiking path you have a nice overview of the idyllic bay.
The crown jewel of Sicily and probably the most beautiful nature reserve of the island is the Riserva dello Zingaro on the north-west coast of the island. If you are looking for hidden, deserted bays without facilities, the nature reserve is the place for you. The two small coves Cala della Disa and Cala Berretta are close together on the turquoise blue sea. Because of their isolation, it is advisable to rent a car and pack the picnic basket.
Our tip: The best tip here: just experience the paradisical nature!
In San Vito Lo Capo with its trendy beach, a big kitesurfing festival is held annually. Landmark is the majestic mountain Monte Monaco. The city with the iconic house beach is located in the north-west of Sicily, 55km from the capital Palermo. The wide and 3km long beach is very well equipped and includes umbrellas, loungers and shops for renting water sports equipment. The bright sandy beach, blue sea and the good infrastructure attract many visitors. The city also has excellent restaurants, bars and hotels.
Our tip: Do not miss the stunning views from the wooden cross of Monte Monaco.
Fine sand, warm water and small salt-water lakes characterise the beach of Marinello near the town of Oliveri. Characteristic of the beach is a spectacular, curved sand tongue which extends for about 2km into the sea. The stretch of beach is part of the Reserve of the Laghetti di Marinello. Marinello can easily be reached on foot, by car or by water taxi from Oliveri, 2 km away. You will also find restaurants, bars, hotels and a campsite.
Our tip: On the mountain above the beach there is a church worth seeing, from which you have a magnificent view over the impressive promontory.
North of Sicily, the island of Vulcano lives up to its name. It is one of the Aeolian Islands and like its siblings, it is of volcanic origin. This is precisely what gives Bay Sabbia Nera its amazing black quartz sand. The island boasts remarkable lava formations and a volcanic crater located in the Riserva Naturale Orientata Isola di Vulcano nature reserve. Near the beach there are several hotels, a campsite, restaurants and bars. To get to Vulcano, take the ferry from the seaside town of Milazzo on the northern coast of Sicily.
Our tip: From the beach you walk over a narrow isthmus to the Valle dei Mostri valley, the valley of monsters. Here you can admire bizarre and mysterious stone formations.
Cefalù, with its archaic ambience, is one of the most popular medieval towns in northern Sicily. The only beach of Cefalù awaits you with pastel blue water as well as sun beds and umbrellas for rent. On the western side of the beach there are also showers. During the summer months, Cefalù can get really busy. To escape that, you can rent a holiday home with your own beach section.
Our tip: This typical southern Italian coastal town, running alongside the beach, together with sea and sand, is the perfect holiday destination.