Here Are the 17 Best Beaches in Sicily
8. Torre Salsa
More of Sicily’s best beaches can be found along the west coast, within the protected confines of the Torre Salsa Nature Reserve. Several kilometers of sandy beaches are strung out along the coast of the nature reserve, and it’s a fantastic place to escape the crowds and get back to nature.
The coastline here is wild and raw. Rather than simply relaxing on the sands with a cocktail or a glass of wine as you do at many of the island’s more popular haunts, this is the perfect place to go hiking and to enjoy the beaches and nature simply for what they are.
9. Fontane Bianchi
If you’re looking for more touristy climes, then just south of Syracuse you can find Fontane Bianchi, home to one of the best beaches in Sicily. This is one of the most popular beaches on the southeast coast, as the water here is unbeatably clear.
You can lounge around on the public beaches or sit out under a parasol on a deckchair and just admire the different shades of blue, green and turquoise sparkling in the sunlight. The water is cool, calm, and shallow, and for these reasons, Fontane Bianchi has become incredibly popular with families looking to give their small children a chance to splash around in the sea.
10. San Lorenzo Beach
San Lorenzo Beach is another enduringly beautiful Sicilian beach, which is again found in the southeast of the island. San Lorenzo Beach is protected within the boundaries of the Vendicari Nature Reserve, and it’s a great place to visit if you are looking for pristine white sands that have escaped the touristic developments that have overtaken many other beaches in the area.
San Lorenzo Beach is both rocky and sandy in parts and there are many small, hidden coves along the coast here just waiting to be discovered. The water is calm, the sands are soft and it’s a great place to spend the day basking in the sunlight and dipping into the ocean.
On the other side of the island close to the city of Trapani, is the tourist village of Pizzolungo, which is famous for its glorious beach. This is classic Sicilian coastal scenery, where white sand beaches are woven amongst striking cliffs and rugged terrain.
The water at Pizzolungo is beautifully transparent, and it’s a popular place for swimming and snorkeling. The views from the cliffs are superb too, while there are plenty of holiday homes and resorts in the area to stay at.
12. Sampieri Beach
In the south of Sicily, Sampieri Beach is one of the best beaches on the island. Stretching along the shorefront of the town of the same name, Sampieri Beach is one of the longest beaches in Sicily, running for several kilometers along the coast.
That means that no matter how popular Sampieri is becoming, there’s always room on the beach, and there’s plenty of soft, white sand and Sicilian sunshine to go around for everyone.
13. Porto Empedocle
Named after an Ancient Greek philosopher, Porto Empedocle is a Sicilian town that’s renowned for both its history and dramatic coastal scenery. The town was founded to be the port of nearby Agrigento in the medieval era. These days, it’s become the coastal getaway for Agrigento too.
At Porto Empedocle there are winding medieval streets and jaw-dropping sea views, but you can also find golden sands, as well as the unusual natural rock formation known as the Stair of the Turks. This natural sight sees pure white rocks extending out into the ocean, and it’s a must-see attraction when you are visiting Porto Empedocle.
14. Cala Rossa
If you’re looking for turquoise water then head to Cala Rossa, where you can find some of the most vibrantly colored ocean in Sicily. Cala Rossa is found on the island of Favignana, which is just a short ferry ride away from the city of Trapani.
It’s well worth making the crossing, to explore this scenic island and to experience the bluest waters in Sicily.
If it’s islands you want to discover, then further afield you can visit the small Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, which you can reach by ferry from Sicily.
The tiny island is a unique place to explore, and its most famous natural attractions are its golden beaches. The coastline on Lampedusa rivals and in many cases beats anywhere on mainland Sicily, and it’s well worth the ferry journey to explore this lesser-known gem.
16. Riviera Dei Ciclopi
Back on the mainland, one of the best stretches of coastline to visit on your hunt for Sicily’s best beaches is the Riviera Dei Ciclopi.
The Riviera Dei Ciclopi is 12 kilometers long and begins by the city of Catania. This is a place where legends and history abound, and the dramatic scenery is said to have been created by the Cyclops Polyphemus, who hurled boulders and rocks in a rage.
You can find stunning cliffs, beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and volcanic scenery that are unlike anywhere else in Sicily.
17. Isola Vulcano
For more unique and decidedly volcanic scenery, then head off the mainland and visit Isola Vulcano. Just a short ferry ride from Sicily, Isola Vulcano is a small but highly volcanic island, in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Isola Vulcano is home to some of the best scenery in the region, including black sand beaches. These startling stretches of coastline are formed from previous volcanic eruptions, and they stand in stark contrast to the white sand beaches found on mainland Sicily.
There are many hotels and resorts here, and when you’ve had your fair share of the golden beaches in Sicily, then take a trip over to Isola Vulcano to experience a more intriguing side of the local scenery and to see the volcanic forces at work on this small slice of Italy.
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