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The 5 Best Holiday Beaches on Sicily

June 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

Sicily is home to some of the finest Italian beaches, with crystal clear blue-green water, wide open sandy beaches, and beautiful towns within reach. While everybody has their own ideas on which beach the top 5 should include, here are 5 of the most popular, and probably the finest Sicily has to offer, and are definitely worth visiting on your vacation.

Mondello Lido

Mondello Lido, only nine kilometers from Sicily’s lively capital Palermo, is close by the little fishing village of Mondello on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a broad, 2-km span of white sandy shoreline that goes all the way from Monte Pellegrino to Monte Gallo. The bars, cafés, nightclubs, and hotels of Mondello border the coast. At night, you can dine with area residents at waterfront seafood restaurants, enjoying such delicacies as mussels, clams, and octopus, followed by a leisurely walk along the coast. You will also want to visit Palermo, where you will enjoy seeing its lovely pallazzos, most notably the Palazzo dei Normanni, which is known for its intricate Baroque design. In Piazza San Domenico, you can walk around the colorful markets and take in the busy street life as well as browse in the unique stores and eat in some of Italy’s most popular restaurants. You may also enjoy visiting the eerie catacombs, then rent an automobile to travel to the marvelous Monreale Cathedral, and the popular small coastal town of Cefalù.

Mortelle

Popular with townspeople trying to get away from the summer heat, Lidi di Mortelle, on the island’s northeast side, 12km from Messina, has several wonderful beaches. Children will enjoy Lido dei Tirreno, but if it is a quiet setting you desire, there are a number of smaller beaches, too. With 250,000 residents, Messina is Sicily’s third-largest city, located at the head of Messina Strait, a narrow, shallow body of water that links the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west to the Ionian Sea in the east. Here, you can visit the National Museum of Messina, the refurbished Norman Cathedral, and the Gothic Church of Santa Maria Alemanna.

Spiaggia Sabbie Nere

This is a remote Aeolian Island beach, located on Vulcano, and is one of the best beaches that you can find in the area. Best access to the island is by boat excursion, and among the activities there is a three hour trek to the summit of the Gran Cratere, which erupted most recently in 1890. At the top, you will get a spectacular view.

Lido Mazzarò

From Taormina, you can take a 15-minute cable car trip down to Lido Mazzarò, another very popular area. You’ll find pubs and eateries along this coast, a long-time favorite getaway for celebrities. Take your choice of the many opportunities for recreation at the shore. You must find time to stop at Grotta Azzurra’s sea caves, and also Isola Bella, a tiny island that you can only reach by way of a thin sand bar. Previously a medieval town, Taormina’s charming streets and sidewalks have many boutiques, arts and crafts stores, bars, coffee shops, and restaurants.

Giardini-Naxos

Just downhill from Taormina, you will be delighted to find a sophisticated beach resort. This charming getaway consists of a delightful old town, an active seafront promenade, and the busy Cape Schiso harbour area. It’s just a short walk to the fine, sandy beaches, which are great for swimmers as well as offering a number of water sports. Have a drink at one of the many local bars, or dine on tasty seafood at one of the restaurants. For some breathtaking scenery, journey inland on foot to Alcantara Gorge, located only a few kilometers away.

While we believe that these are the best beaches on Sicily, wherever you base yourself on your Sicily holidays you will never be far from a fantastic beach.

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