10/01/2015

A Guide to Sicily's Best Beaches


With so many stretches of sand to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot.

One of the main attractions in Sicily are the beaches - and with so many to choose from, you're bound to find a stretch of sand that fits your tastes, whether it's a more secluded spot on the black sand for relaxation or a bustling party filled with locals just a short distance from your villa rental.

Spiaggia dei Conigli
Recently crowned the number one beach in the world by TripAdvisor, this remote beach is situated on Lampedusa. Described by travelers as an unspoiled nature reserve with a unique setting, "Rabbit Beach" is only accessible by boat, but it's well worth the trek from any of the villas in Italy - you'll feel as if you've discovered your own private island. It's also one of the few places in the Mediterranean where the loggerhead sea turtle still goes to lay its eggs. The only problem will be heading out after a day in the sun: TripAdvisor said "the crystal clear sea makes it difficult to leave."

Calamosche
If you're looking for a quiet, private beach to stretch out, Calamosche is ideal. With no nearby resorts, facilities or kiosks to cover the sound of the waves, this beach is the epitome of simplistic beauty. Located between the archaeological remains of Eloro and the rocky headlands of the Natural Reserve, you'll need to park the car and walk a considerable distance to reach this isolated paradise. However, because it's not easily accessible, there are fewer visitors. The headlands' caves as well as the wide variety of vegetation and ocean life adds to the beach's distinctive allure.

Isola Bella
This glamorous beach is the most famous one in Taormina for a reason. Protected by the bay and the mountains, bathing season is longer here than other beaches in the region. An abundance of chic, sun-tanned people and crystal-clear waters make a trip to Isola Bella unrivaled. It's easy to get here by using the cable car from Mazzaró, then crossing the coastal road and walking down the stairway. You can even head out for for a scuba dive with the Nike Diving Centre. Don't forget to wear sturdy sandals, though - the beach consists of pebbles instead of sand.

Mazzeo at Letojanni
This beach is farther down the coast than Isola Bella, but quieter and more relaxing as a result. Some parts of the beach are free to use, but there are no sun lounges or sunshades, so for full access to these as well as showers and music, you'll need to pay a fee. The best part is that the beach is that it's close to a plethora of restaurants, bars and pubs where you can stop for a quick bite or cocktail.

Vendicari
Part of a nature reserve, the peaceful Vendicari beach near Portopalo is ideal for snorkeling, swimming up the coast to clear waters or just taking in the breathtaking views across the Mediterranean Sea. This thin stretch of golden sand is one of the least contaminated and visited beaches on the entire island, so your only company might be a few flamingos. Visiting this beach also presents a perfect opportunity to explore the Baroque-style palaces and churches in the town of Noto at sunset.

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