12 Best Beaches In Sicily Italy
June 16, 2022
By guy yefet

In this Sicily travel blog, you will find a list of the best beaches in Sicily. There are so many beautiful beaches and it's hard to choose between them.

12 most beautiful beaches in Sicily that you must visit

In Sicily, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.

While there are many things to do in Sicily, you should dedicate a large part of your stay to a trip around the island, do not forget to leave the time to spend at the beach.

As part of my road trip in Sicily, the hardest thing you will have to do is to choose which beach to visit from the large and very beautiful beaches in Sicily.

To help you with the task, I have collected a list of some of the best Sicily beaches.

1. Calla Azzurra

The island of Favignana is located south of the port city of Trapani.

It can be reached by a glider cruise that lasted thirty minutes.

A hovercraft leaves for the island once an hour. The move from the big island, Sicily, to a smaller island completely changes the atmosphere.

It is recommended to rent a bicycle on arrival at Favignana and ride to the beach on the island roads.

You can join an organized day trip departing from Trapani.

A boat cruise will take you to places where you can snorkel there, swim, and admire this beautiful scenery.

To my surprise, I noticed that many tourists are not even aware of these stunning islands close to Sicily.

The beach itself shakes in its beauty.

The water is clear in a bluish turquoise color and at a perfect temperature.

Calla Azzurra beach faginana island sicily

2. Zingaro Beach

Cala Tonera beach, located within the Zingaro Nature Reserve, is the ultimate paradise.

A strip of white beach and blue water surrounded by low limestone cliffs, this is the view that awaits you.

It's quite an adventure to get there because Zingaro is not accessible by road so you have to walk about an hour to get from the south car park to the beach.

But when you reach your destination you will receive your reward in the form of an amazing beach and usually, the beach will not be crowded at all.

There are two entrances to the reserve, north, and south.

Next to them you can park the car and start the tour of the reserve on foot.

Admission is free.

The nature reserve covers 17,000 dunams and has a 7-kilometer stretch of beach. In the reserve live different birds, several species of animals, and 670 different types of plants and flowers.

For your convenience, three main hiking trails.

It is recommended to choose a route that stretches along the coast, named - Sentiero Costiero, and is 7 kilometers long.

This route connects the two entrances to the reserve and is, therefore, the more touristy route.

It's recommended to bring water, food and a parasol.

When I got to the beach for a moment I thought I was in Thailand and not in Europe.

The water is so clear and clean that you can see through the water small and beautiful fishes in the shallow water near the shore.

Zingaro beach in sicily italy one of the best  sicily beaches

3. Isola Bella

The town of Taormina in Sicily is located on a hillside bordering the sea.

It is a very beautiful fishing town, and very touristy. At its foot, a beautiful natural phenomenon occurs.

This is a tiny island called "Isola Bella" which is only a few steps away from the shore and connects to the mainland with the help of a strip of sand which itself serves as a shore until the tide floods it and it disappears. The water is clear bluish greenish and pleasant.

The beach is made of stones and has sunbeds and an atmosphere of days gone by.

isolla bella beach toarmina sicily

4. Spiaggia di Marinello

A nature reserve located in the town of Tindari in Sicily is also called the Lakes of Tindari.

It is a delicate sand tongue that emerges from the land and creates a natural phenomenon of beaches and small lakes surrounded by white sand and lukewarm water.

Legend has it that the lakes were created for the white sand to embrace a girl who fell from her mother's hands and drowned there.

The girl fell because the mother did not believe in the black virgin of the city of Tindari.

The sands sent into the sea as a tongue are the result of alluvium and currents.

Spiaggia di Marinello tindari sicily

5. Spiaggia di Calamosche

A small and charming beach located in the nature reserve - Riserva di Vendicari, can only be reached on foot (20 minutes walk from the organized parking) there is no shade at all so it is recommended to bring a parasol and water that will suffice for a long stay.

The beach has become famous in recent years and many young people flock to it in the summer.

Blue clean water at the exact temperature of pleasure.

Spiaggia di Calamosche beach sicily

6. San Vito Lo Capo

Perhaps the best known and most visited beach in Sicily and there is a reason for this, it is a beach accessible to everyone with a long strip of sand, surrounded by mountains.

The beach is suitable for families and therefore usually very busy especially on weekends, so I would recommend going either in the middle of the week or as early as possible in the morning to enjoy this beautiful beach.

7. Cefalu Beach

The beach is in the picturesque town of Cefalu, not far from Palermo.

The beach is usually busy during the day with hikers and families and especially during the peak season of July-August.

However, the beach provides a particularly amazing atmosphere in its evening hours towards sunset.

Before reaching the beach I recommend doing a short hike about an hour walk to the lookout located above the town where you can see an amazing panoramic view of the beach and the colorful roofs of the town.

When you return from the climb to the lookout it is time to go down to the beach to sit down for a drink and just enjoy the beautiful sunset on the beach.

Cefalu Beach in sicily

8. Scala dei Turchi

Scala dei Turchi Beach Without a doubt this is the most special beach in Sicily, a white cliff called the Turkish Stairs where people usually gather and watch the beautiful sunset.

The beach is sandy and is also suitable for families.

It is advisable to combine a visit to the beach with a visit to the historic town of Agrigento with the archeological remains and archeological remains preserved in it to this day.

Scala di Turchi beach sunset time Agrigento sicily

9. Scopello beach

Located in the pretty town of Scopello.

A beautiful and quiet little beach between beautiful stones and rocks.

If you like the places outside the tourist area this is the place for you a beautiful and clean beach that looks like a postcard.

Scopello beach in sicily

10. Cala Rossa

Another beautiful beach located on the island of Favignana can be reached by bike or scooter that is rented on the island.

The water is clear, Although the beach is small and at the height of the tourist season fills up quickly but still, the beach is well worth a visit especially in the morning before all the people arrive.

Cala Rossa beach in Favignana island sicily

11. Mondello

A beautiful and popular beach that is only 12 kilometers from Palermo and belongs to the town of Mondello.

Here you can swim and even rent a rowing boat.

The beach is suitable for the elderly and young alike and is also a great place for families.

There is a beach next to it where beach lovers can rent a deck chair and umbrella for the day. The cost is between 15 and 25 euros.

Fortunately, you can also find a free beach strip where you can spread out your towels in the afternoon at no cost.

If visitors decide to pay for a stay in Lido during the day, they will have access to additional services.

Along the beach, there are changing facilities, showers, and cafes for eating and drinking.

drone shot over Mondello beach near palermo sicily

12. Rabbit Beach

The beach is located on the island of Lampedusa which is south of Sicily and can only be reached by boat.

The beach is considered one of the best beaches in Italy as well as one of the only places in the Mediterranean that serves as a spawning area for brown sea turtles.

Caribbean colors, white sand, and special area.

The clear and clean sea will make you not want to leave.

To the island of Lampedusa, you can reach by cruise from the port of Empedocle (close to Agrigento) in the south of Sicily.

schedules of cruises from Porto Empedocle to the island of Lampedusa are maintained by the Italian company Liberty Lines, for schedules and also booking tickets see their website.

Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa island sicily

Final thoughts

The island of Sicily is one of the most famous attractions in Italy.

Occupying armies from different cultures have moored its shores throughout history and left their mark.

Sicily is a fascinating island in terms of cultural richness. The island is surrounded by countless beautiful beaches worth visiting.

No matter which beach in Sicily you choose to visit, I hope this list of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily inspires you to go and visit Sicily on your next trip!

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