Sicily has a huge 1,000kms of coastline and the best beaches on the island range from golden sand to pebbly coves, some hidden away from the crowds and others sat at the front of seaside resorts. From the Tyrrhenian coast in the north to the Mediterranean coast in the south and the Ionian coast in the east, Sicily offer some amazing beaches.
The sandy beaches can be found in the busier north of the island. If it’s an seclusion and untamed beachside fun you are looking for, the south is where you should head.
Here is my pick of top 5 beaches in Sicily:
Cala Mosche Beach, Sicily
Cala Mosche, pictured above, is a hidden gem. This peaceful beach is located within the Vendicari Nature Reserve on Sicily’s south east coast and next to the archaeological site of Eloro. This relatively unknown beach which has limited access, requiring a 15-minute walk through the Reserve, has been voted one of the most beautiful in Italy. The beach benefits from being set between two rocky ridges, so it is protected from the windy making the crystal clear water calm and ideal for snorkelling.
San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily
San Vito Lo Capo is a town and comune in North-Western Sicily. The crescent-shaped white sand beach that borders this relatively undiscovered town offers turquoise waters and is set to the backdrop of a charming coastal town.
Cefalu Beaches, Sicily
Cefalu is one of Sicily’s prettiest towns and also one of Sicily’s busiest international beach resorts. Set on the Tyrrhenian Coast, its long sandy beach is one of the island’s finest. The facilities here are excellent, too, making it a good choice for families.
Mondello Beaches, Sicily
Mondello is a small borough of the city of Palermo in the autonomous region of Sicily in Southern Italy. Its beach lies between two cliffs called Mount Gallo and Mount Pellegrino. Mondello is a popular spot in the summer months for both tourists and locals. Much of the beach is privately owned (expect to pay around €10 per day for a lounger and umbrella), though there is also a public beach. Boasting a mile and a half of white sands, backed by lush green vegetation, it is a beautiful spot.
Lido Fiori Beaches, Sicily
Lido Fiori is an energetic beach resort on the south west coast of Sicily. It offers a child-friendly Blue Flag sandy beach. This beautiful sweeping arc of a beach has a backdrop of hills and a shady seafront pine woods.
Villas are the ideal option for a family stay in Sicily. There are plenty of holiday rentals in Sicily and Scent of Sicily is a great place to start when looking for a villa to rent. You can specifically select villas in Sicily with a pool to ensure your family have the best time. One of our favourites include Villa Kalon with a panoramic view on islands, infinity pool and modern design, in Marsala, and Villa Oasis which is an Oasis in the vibrant town of Palermo, with all the advantages of groceries, street food, urban life, but the silence of a park in a town. Enjoy the rural delights of donkeys, swan, ducks, citrus groves less 1 km the beach.
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