The beaches of Sicily

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Sicily is a charming land you need to visit, and a tourist that does not know the most beautiful beaches of this land will find in this article all the information about those beaches and where the most peculiar and easy to get area are.

Giardini Naxos (Naxos Gardens)

Giardini Naxos (Naxos Gardens) is an amazing place for tourists in the sicilian district of Messina. The town rises on a flat land area close to Taormina, probably Sicily’s most famous bathing resort.

Giardini Naxos was just a village of fishermen until the seventies, but now it is one of Italy’s most visited places for tourists, with amazing beaches, clubs, monuments and much more.

Green hills and a cristal clear sea make Giardini Naxos’s bay a charming place you must visit. As a matter of fact tourists who choose to spend their vacations there do so because of its sea and its beaches, expanses made of thin sand or small gravel like stones.

One of the most well known beaches is Recanati, a place of declining seabeds, beach clubs and free access beaches. There are even a lot of clubs in that area, making it a good place even for people who love the nightlife.

Taormina beach
Taormina

There are other “must visit” beaches like Schisò, with its luxuriant vegetation and the gold, thin sand; or the beach of Porticciolo, characterized by its lava rock outlined borders. All places in which it is easy to relax and enjoy your vacation.

Taormina

History, culture, archeology and a wonderfull sea make Taormina one of the most famous and popular Sicilian place for tourists. People from all around the world come here to see the famous roman-greek theatre, the amazing beaches, breathtaking landscapes and the possibility to walk in the medieval streets while having a taste of the local gastronomy.

Siracusa (Siracuse)

Siracuse, evocative place which Cicero used to call “the most beautiful city of the Magna Graecia”, rises in the suggestive framing of a natural harbor, surrounded by the island of Ortigia on the east side and by the Epipoli Plateau on the back side. In this city, which is in the Unesco World Heritage List since 2005, the Greek, Roman and baroque styles are merged together, shaping an irresistible scenary that tells us about its thousand-year old history.

Must see sites are the Duomo which is located in the ancient nucleus on the island Ortigia, the Saint John church in the Siracuse’s catacomb and the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia in which the Caravaggio’s “Seppellimento di Santa Lucia” painting is exhibited.

Once you get in the Neapolis district all you can do is give in to wonder because here there are the remains of the Greek theater and of a Roman amphitheater, the remains of the altar of Gerone (the biggest altar of the Greek era we have in the present day), and the Cordari Cave which is the most famous latomia (stone quarry) of them all.

Palermo

Palermo overlooks the Tyrrenian Sea and it includes a wonderful coastal area that incorporates the gulfs of Palermo, Carini and Termini Imerese. The peculiarities of this coastal area are the natural colors enhanced by the rich blue of the sea and the green of the vegetation, and by the dark rocks and the thin white sand of some beaches.

The most visited bathing resorts are Mondello, the beach of the people of Palermo, Isola delle Femmine and Cefalù, which combines its monumental heritage with welcoming beaches.

Ustica isle, which is located offshore from the coast of Palermo, is full of archeological findings and naturalistic beauties such as bays, caves and coves. It is considered the paradise of underwater excursionists. In the area of Palermo we can find more breathtaking landscapes like the ones of the Parco Regionale delle Madonie nature reserve.

The territory is enhanced by places rich in monuments and by the treasures of art collected through the ages. The history of Palermo makes its territory unique and precious, a well known destination for tourists from all around the world. We can’t forget to mention the local gastronomy which will satisfy the taste of its visitors.

Mondello beach, Palermo
Mondello, Palermo

Capo d’Orlando

Capo d’Orlando, which gets its name from the famous paladin Orlando, is a small coastal village with a simple, seafaring atmosphere which is typical of Sicilian places.

The touristic harbor is its modern day feather in its cap, but you can also find culture and history while walking into the streets of the village, while an amazing sea in the background offers a postcard view. Visiting Capo d’Orlando means relaxing on its white sand beaches, lost in the colors of the sea and the sky or while going to the local stylish clubs.

Riserva dello Zingaro

Riserva dello Zingaro is the coastal area between San Vito Lo Capo and Castellammare del Golfo, seven kilometers of uncontaminated nature where birds of prey make their nest and live. One of the most famous nature reserve of Italy.

Cala Tonnarella dell’Uzzo is the cove close to the north side, considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Italy; it is the biggest and most frequented of all the reserve. On the road to the cove there is the Seafaring Museum. If you want to take a walk or you just want to find a less populated cove while enjoying the wonders of this coastal area you just need to reach for the other coves: Cala Torre dell’Uzzo, Cala Marinella, Cala Beretta, Cala della Disa, Cala del Varo, which you can reach by sea, and Cala della Capreria.

Riserva dello Zingaro
Riserva dello Zingaro

Favignana

Favignana is the county seat and biggest island of the Egadi archipelago. It is the perfect destination for tourists who love crystal clear waters.

The coast of Favignana offers the right location for everyone: thin golden sand beaches like the ones in Cala Azzurra, Lido Burrone, Calamoni; or evocative sand and peebles coves like the ones in the area of Punta Lunga, Preveto, Faraglioni and Punta Sottile. Rocks and sand set in a precious sea with an array of colors ranging in shades from blue to pale blue are the main characteristics of the famous Cala Rossa.

Favignana beach
Cala Rossa, Favignana

Messina

Messina, harbor city of the north east of Sicily, is well known for its Norman age duomo with an astronomical clock on its bell tower, a Gothic style gate and windows in the 15th century style. Close to the duomo there are fountains made of marble adorned with mythological figures, like the Fontana di Orione (Fountain of Orion) and the Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune).

Two of the original Four Fountains in the baroque style are in the southside of the city. The other two are in the inter-disciplinary regional museum of Messina, with artworks in the modern and Medieval styles, among which there are some of Caravaggio’s paintings.

A tall, octagonal pillar located at the harbor entrance supports the Madonna della Lettera statue, the patron saint of the city. North east of the city there is the Ganzirri Lake, a salt lake linked to the Ionian Sea through an artificial canal.

Among the most visited and loved places we must mention Laguna di Tindari, a breathtaking and unique landscape. In addition to the Laguna we need to mention the beach of Marinello too, famous both for its myths and its beauty. Really well known is a cave that, as the legend says, was inhabited by a witch that used to charm and devour sailors.

Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)

The Aeolian Islands (Lipari Islands) are located offshore to the north of the city of Messina. It is a very popular tourists destination because of its sea and the amazing beaches and the unique landscapes.

The Islands have been in the Unesco World Heritage list since 2000. Seven volcanic islands, to which are added islets and rocks surfacing from the sea. Among the beaches to reccomend there are Scario a Malfa, Lungomare di Lingua, Spiaggia Bianca (White Beach), Spiagge Nere (Black Beaches), Fumarole di Vulcano (Fumaroles of Vulcano), Calette di Piscità, Forgia Vecchia e Cala Junco di Panarea.