Sicily is the island of contrasts, home to charming coastal towns, Greek temples, a mountainous inland and much more. Sicily is also home to some pretty special beaches. With over 1,000 kilometres of coastline, Sicily’s beaches offer a welcome break from sightseeing. From sandy swathes, to pebbly coves, here is our guide to Sicily’s top 5 beaches.
Isola Bella means beautiful island in Italian – and it’s exactly that. Located in the north-east of Sicily, Isola Bella sits below the charming town of Taormina and stretches round an islet that holds onto Sicily by a thread. This pebble beach is home to a handful of bars (so that refreshing drink is never too far away) and is the ultimate break from the lively town. Due to its pebbly nature, this beach might not be a spot for the whole day but our advice would be to visit in the afternoon. The sunsets from Isola Bella are not to be missed, so stay a little later if you can.
Located in the south-eastern part of Sicily, near the town of Noto, Cala Mosche is as remote as they come. The beach is part of a nature reserve so things here are very simple and quiet – it’s a ‘bring your own picnic’ kind of affair. Thanks to its cove location, the sea is sheltered from the wind, offering calm waters for lots of snorkelling.
Santa Vito do Capo
This three-kilometre-long, crescent-shaped sandy beach will definitely get the seal of approval from both beach-lovers and families. Its Indian Ocean-rivalling waters are shallow, making it perfect for water babies and adults alike. In the summer, the beach plays host to an international kite festival, as well as an annual Cous Cous festival that’s great for foodies.
Arguably one of Sicily’s prettiest coastal towns, Cefalu’s beach is located just a short walk from the centre. This lovely beach is popular with both locals and visitors, especially in the summer months. The beach is strewn with lidos where you can hire sun loungers and buy refreshing drinks. The town of Cefalu makes a lovely backdrop to the beach with its historic buildings.
Giardini Naxos has played a starring role on many postcards of Sicily. Surrounded by stunning mountains, including Mount Etna, Giardini Naxos is the longest stretch of sand in the Taormina area. The beach is split into two, half being a public beach dotted with sunbeds, umbrellas and the odd fishing boat. The other half is private. Lining the beach are plenty of bars and restaurants, making it a lively spot, day and night.