Sicily is separated from Italy by 4kms – The Straits of Messina.
It still has a vague Arab flavour that draws it back to its African roots and this is again reflected in the slowness of life on this ancient but stunning island.
You can lay back on some of the stunning beaches and enjoy the fragrance of the island as the sirocco winds blow and you melt into the baked sands watching the azure sea shimmering just close enough to step into.
The best beaches in Sicily are at Mondello, outside Palermo, and around Taormina in the east.
The whole of Palermo flocks to this beach in the Summer to escape the overwhelming heat of the city. Mondello has wide sandy beaches that go on and on all the way to Monte Gallo. The nature park is a reserve that borders the beach with picnic sites and good walks. Eating at the beach is easy with good restaurants and a promenade with attractions. Mondello is also a venue for the World Windsurfing Festival each year so you’ll be sure to see the best surf tricksters out on these waves!
This is a black sand beach (hence the name) and is the finest in the Aeolian archpeligo. It’s hidden off the usual trails on the island of Vulcano and you need a boat to get there! It’s not so crowded and visitors enjoy hiking to the tip of the Grand Crater!
This resort in the North East of Sicily and is where the locals gather to flee the heat of the city. It’s right in the northern tip of the island and the whole area has great beaches so you can choose which suits you best. All the beaches in the area have shallow waters so the kids can paddle and play. It’s really beautiful here with the view of the Messina Strait.
Is one of the best beaches in the South Eastern part of Sicily. The beaches in the area need to be checked out properly before you decide on one as they are not as pleasing as those in the north. Ragusa is a great place to explore and vist the ancient city but not really for sunbathing.
5. Lido Mazzaro, Taormina
This is a well equipped beach. You reach this beach by cable car which leaves from Via Pirandello every quarter of an hour. It boasts every kind of attraction and amenity you could possibly need on a beach! There are many bars, restaurants, and hotels. You can rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and watersports equipment at various kiosks from April to October. To the right of Lido Mazzarò, past the Capo Sant’Andrea headland, is the region’s prettiest cove, where twin crescents of beach sweep from a sand spit out to the minuscule Isola Bella islet. You can walk here from the cable car in a minute, but it’s more fun to paddle a boat from Mazzarò around Capo Sant’Andrea, which hides a few grottoes with excellent light effects on the seaward side.