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The Best Beaches in Sicily

Sicily, with its Mediterranean charm, boasts some of Italy's most beautiful beaches. Let's explore where to find the best beaches in Sicily that are real corners of paradise.

Written by Monica Meschis
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Beaches in Sicily: a hymn to the beauty of the sea

Are you wondering if Sicily has beautiful beaches? There is only one answer: it's hard to resist the call of the wonders of Sicilian beaches.

The diversity of the Sicilian coast offers breath-taking beauty. From the long stretches of sandy beaches perfect for relaxation and long walks at sunset, to the hidden coves of rocky bays ideal for those seeking a bit of adventure and intimacy or pristine places for snorkelling: the island offers the perfect holiday for sea lovers, especially for those staying in a splendid villa with sea views.

The best beaches in Sicily

Its reputation is well-deserved: Sicily truly has some of the most stunning and diverse beaches in Italy. Enchanting places like San Vito Lo Capo, the famous Scala dei Turchi, Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa, and Isola Bella in Taormina are some of the numerous gems to discover.

Every corner of the largest island in the Mediterranean, rich in natural beauty and landscapes that steal the soul, has its own charm. Let's discover the most beautiful Sicilian beaches.

Sandy beaches in Sicily

The best sandy beaches in Sicily are emblems of beauty and relaxation. The island, overlooking a sea that varies in shades of turquoise and deep blue, boasts kilometres of coastline with soft and golden sands.

These sandy beaches extend along many parts of the Sicilian coast and are often surrounded by suggestive dunes and covered with Mediterranean scrub, which give a wild and natural charm to the landscape.

Whether they are wide expanses where tourists can enjoy the sun and practice water sports or small, more intimate and hidden coves, Sicilian sandy beaches are an irresistible invitation to rest, relax, and contemplate. These are places where nature seems to have unleashed its best, offering breath-taking views, especially at sunset when the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon, tinting the landscape with warm colours.

In Sicily, sandy beaches are a place of leisure, but also of natural and cultural heritage, a witness to centuries of history and traditions intertwined with local legends. Each beach has a story to tell and contributes to the mosaic of wonders that Sicily offers to its visitors.

Here are the most evocative beaches.

Vendicari Nature Reserve

An oasis of biodiversity, this nature reserve offers pristine beaches and crystalline waters, a refuge for many migratory birds.

Vendicari Nature Reserve (South Sicily)


Near Tindari, this beach is famous for its small lagoons and the view of the Sanctuary of Tindari atop the hill.

Tindari (North Sicily)

La Playa

In Catania, located along the eastern coast of Sicily, La Playa is one of the region's most extensive and popular beaches, with its golden sand and crystal-clear waters of intense azure color.

Catania (East Sicily)


This medieval town has a sandy beach where you can relax after admiring the town’s majestic cathedral.

Cefalù (North Sicily)

San Vito Lo Capo

Famous for its white sand and turquoise waters, this is one of the most sought-after destinations in Sicily.

San Vito Lo Capo (West Sicily)

Spiaggia dei Conigli (Rabbit Beach)

Located on the island of Lampedusa, this is a earthly paradise offering a postcard-like landscape.

Lampedusa (Pelagian Islands)


A few kilometres from Palermo, this is the quintessential city beach, with fine sand and crystal-clear waters.

Palermo (North Sicily)

Fontane Bianche

Near Siracusa, this is a paradise with white sand and clear waters, giving the feeling of being in a swimming pool.

Siracusa (South Sicily)

Scala dei Turchi

Although this is a rocky formation, the Scala dei Turchi is surrounded by stretches of sandy beach. Its white cliffs create a spectacular contrast with the azure sea.

Agrigento (South Sicily)

Torre Salsa Nature Reserve

Located between Agrigento and Sciacca, this offers pristine stretches of coast with sand dunes, clear waters, and wildlife.

Torre Salsa Nature Reserve (South Sicily)

Castellammare del Golfo

This charming fishing village boasts golden beaches and hidden coves, ideal for a relaxing day.

Castellammare del Golfo (West Sicily)

Rocky beaches in Sicily

The most beautiful rocky beaches in Sicily offer a fascinating contrast to the more traditional sandy expanses. These bays, where the rock plunges directly into a crystalline sea with changing shades, offer breath-taking views and a sense of wild beauty that captures the hearts of those who visit them.

With rugged cliffs, hidden coves, and small clefts, Sicilian rocky beaches are a true paradise for sea and nature lovers. These places, often less crowded than their sandy counterparts, provide a more intimate experience, where the sound of waves crashing on the rocks becomes the soundtrack to unforgettable days.

For those practicing snorkelling or diving, rocky coasts offer a real underwater treasure. The richness of marine flora and fauna thriving among the rocks creates a fascinating underwater environment where you can observe a wide variety of fish, corals, and other marine wonders.

The rocks, shaped over millennia by wind, sea, and weathering, give rise to evocative forms and geometries, making every stretch of coast a natural work of art. Erosion, in some places, has created natural pools where the water warms under the sun, offering unexpected places for relaxation.

The rocky beaches of Sicily are a unique experience for those seeking authentic contact with nature and want to discover a lesser-known but equally enchanting side of this beautiful Mediterranean island.

Here are the best ones.

Riviera dei Ciclopi

Linked to the legends of Polyphemus and Odysseus, this coast has large basaltic rocks and transparent waters, with the magical atmosphere of Aci Trezza in the background.

Aci Trezza (East Sicily)

Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve

The first nature reserve established in Sicily, it has hidden rocky coves, cliffs, and extraordinary marine biodiversity.

Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve (West Sicily)

Tonnara di Scopello

With its sea stacks and ancient fisherman's cabins, this is a corner of paradise where the sea intertwines with history.

Scopello (West Sicily)

Plemmirio Nature Reserve

Close to Siracusa, this marine reserve is a paradise for diving enthusiasts, with its deep underwater caves and rich fauna.

Plemmirio Nature Reserve (South Sicily)

Blue Flag beaches in Sicily

The "Blue Flag" is an award given by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to seaside resorts that meet criteria of excellence in terms of water quality, services offered, safety, education, and environmental information. The presence of a Blue Flag is a guarantee of high environmental standards and quality services for visitors.

In Sicily, several beaches have received this prestigious recognition over the years, consolidating the island's reputation as a leading seaside destination in Italy and Europe.

The Blue Flag beaches of Sicily are scattered along the entire coast of the island and stand out for the clarity of the waters, the cleanliness of the sand or rocks, the presence of excellent services, and the respect for the surrounding environment. These beaches are often surrounded by breath-taking natural landscapes, ranging from sandy dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation to imposing cliffs that stand out against the sea.

In addition to the natural beauty and water quality, Blue Flag locations in Sicily offer services such as first aid stations, accessibility for people with reduced mobility, games and activities for children, and, in many cases, bike paths and pedestrian areas, making a visit to these beaches not only enjoyable but also safe and accessible to all.

Choosing a Blue Flag beach in Sicily means ensuring a day by the sea with quality, safety, and environmental respect, surrounded incomparable beauty. The awarded beaches vary from year to year, but it often happens that Sicilian beaches maintain their level of excellence for long periods, testifying to how they are exceptional beaches in Italy. 

Here are the top 10 Blue Flag beaches of 2023.

Ali’ Terme

This delightful location on the Ionian coast combines thermal waters with well-kept beaches, creating an atmosphere of complete relaxation.


Located between Taormina and Messina, Roccalumera boasts quiet beaches with a spectacular view of Mount Etna.

Furci Siculo

A gem on the Ionian coast, with its golden beach and a promenade shaded by palm trees.

Santa Teresa di Riva

With its long sandy shoreline, this is an excellent choice for families and those looking for beach activities in Sicily.


The largest of the Aeolian Islands offers enchanting beaches with crystal-clear waters and breath-taking views of the surrounding volcanoes.


Located on the Tyrrhenian coast, Tusa offers quiet beaches and clear waters, ideal for a relaxing day by the sea.


On the southwestern side of the island, Menfi is renowned for its pristine beaches and surrounding vineyards.


Known for its chocolate and Baroque architecture, Modica also offers spectacular beaches along its coast.


Near Ragusa, Ispica combines natural beauty with historical sites, offering a well-maintained beach with crystal-clear waters.


With its long sandy beach, this is a popular spot for windsurfing and other beach activities, such as long walks at sunset.


Beyond its fame as a Baroque city, Ragusa boasts wonderful and well-maintained coastal stretches.

These places, awarded the Blue Flag in 2023, represent the best of what Sicily has to offer in terms of beach beauty, ensuring visitors a high quality and sustainable experience. A journey through these beaches offers a taste of luxury, nature, and Sicilian culture.

Which part of the island has the best beaches?

Thanks to its vast expanse and geographical variety, Sicily has magnificent beaches in every part of the island. The definition of "best beaches" can vary depending on individual preferences.

Here's an overview of beaches in different parts of the island.

Capo d'Orlando (North Sicily)

Northern Coast

This area includes many wonderful beaches among which we cannot fail to mention those of Palermo, Cefalù, Capo d'Orlando and, near Messina, Tindari Beach with a view of the Marinello Lakes.

If you wish to stay in an exclusive villa in northern Sicily, don't miss the best villas on the north Coast.

Eraclea Minoa (South Sicily)

Southern Coast

The southern coast boasts beaches like those of Porto Palo and Menfi. Not far away, the Scala dei Turchi in Realmonte is a white rocky formation emerging from the sea like a natural staircase. But the beaches of Siracusa and Noto are also absolutely worth a visit for their beaches.

You can find many villa rental proposals in southern Sicily to spend a holiday near the sea.

San Vito Lo Capo (West Sicily)

Western Coast

Marsala and the salt pans offer unique views with windmills and shallow lagoons. San Vito Lo Capo, the Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve are two more spectacular destinations. The Aegadian Islands, near Trapani, are a paradise for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

For a villa holiday in western Sicily, here is a selection of villas in western Sicily.

Isola Bella (East Sicily)

Eastern Coast

Unmissable among the dozens of beauties on the east coast is splendid Taormina with its Isola Bella, an evocative cove surrounded by lush vegetation.

Choose one of the villas for rent in the east of Sicily for a stay in this area.

Marettimo (Aeolian Islands)


Lampedusa, with its Spiaggia dei Conigli, is often listed among the best beaches in the world. The Aeolian Islands offer a combination of sandy beaches and rocky coves with breath-taking views of the other islands and volcanoes.

Finding the ideal destination is only a matter of preference: there are so many options.

Holidays by the Sea in Sicily

Most Sicilian beaches are suitable for swimming, whether they are sandy or rocky; they offer crystal-clear waters ideal for those who want to relax in the water. In some areas, especially in protected areas or nature reserves, there may be restrictions to protect flora and fauna, but in general, if you see a beach in Sicily, you can dive in and swim.

Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve (West Sicily)

A Sicilian holiday offers the opportunity to experience many activities and sports.

Swimming and Snorkelling - Thanks to the clarity of the waters, many Sicilian beaches are ideal for snorkelling. You can observe rich marine life and, in some areas, underwater corals and rock formations.

Diving - There are several diving spots along the Sicilian coast, including wrecks and underwater caves.

Water Sports - Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and SUP are just some of the activities that can be practiced on certain beaches, especially where the wind is favourable.

Boat Excursions - Many locations offer boat trips or boat rentals, ideal for exploring hidden coves or touring the minor islands.

Experience one of our outdoor activities during your holiday in Sicily!

What is the best way to stay in Sicily?

Imagine waking up to the sound of the waves, with a breath-taking view of the sea extending to the horizon. All of this is possible if you decide to stay in a villa near the sea in Sicily: it's not just a luxury, but an unforgettable experience.

Casa d'Eraclea - Eraclea Minoa (South Sicily)

A villa in Sicily is synonymous with privacy: there are no schedules to follow, nor the need to share common spaces with other guests. And what about comfort? Rental villas often offer all modern amenities, including spacious outdoor areas, private pools, fully equipped kitchens, and much more. Add to this the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture by enjoying an authentic holiday experience. And, finally, how can we not consider the location: many villas are strategically positioned near the most beautiful beaches, but also a short distance from historic centres, offering the best of Sicily.

Enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Sicily: surrounded by the natural beauty of the beaches and the comfort of a villa all to yourself!

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