The best beaches in Sicily make beautiful scenery for your summer holiday and the water is great for swimming for almost 6 months a year. This part of Italy has the most dramatic coastline you will ever see and there are so many fantastic beaches around Catania that one visit won’t be enough. You can choose between rocky beaches in Sicily, sandy ones, black volcano beach or even beaches with lagoons. If you arrive in Catania with the plane, grab your rental car and drive around, since you can get anywhere on the island in less than 4 hours
#1 San Vito Lo Capo
One of the top recommended best beaches is Sicily in placed between Trapani and Palermo on a cape stretching out into the Tyrrhenian sea and on the top of the Italian boot. San Vito Lo Capo beach is 3 kilometres long and this stunning bay with an enormous rock formation on the shoreline and a village of whitewashed fisherman’s houses is a very popular summer destination.
The beach is overlooked by Mount Monaco. We propose you visit the beach at the beginning or the end of the summer season since it can get very crowdy during July and August. The water is sparkling clean, the sand is soft, and the view is breath-taking and there are no waves, so it’s perfect also for small children. Palm trees and white sand add to the tropical vibe. You can also rent a paddle boat or enjoy a meal and a drink in the restaurants on the beach.
If crowds are not your thing, head a few miles away to the Natural Reserve of Mount Cofano where you can find a quiet rocky cove to call your own.
#2 Scala dei Turchi
This perfect beach with white limestone rocks is situated near Realmonte (province of Agrigento) in the south of Sicily. There is parking (5EUR) where you can leave your car. Continue down a pathway and then about 155 wide steps. If you want to reach the white rocks, you need to hike along the beach and walk through the knee-deep sea. There is a rope to hold onto, but you need to be careful since there are some large rocks. We would recommend the effort since it is well worth it.
Due to its white rocks formation, it is a really unique beach around Catania and should be on your bucket list when visiting the beaches in Sicily. Especially if you are “Il Commissario Montalbano” fan. There are two private beach clubs with facilities like bathrooms, umbrellas and dining options or you can hike a bit and find a public spot for your beach towel.
#3 Sabbia Nere (Black beach), Vulcano, Lipari
On the northeast of the island, there are Aeolian islands of volcanic origin. Next, to the biggest island, Lipar is the Vulcano island. With its visibly smoking crater and fumes, Vulcano makes an indelible first impression. Today it is famous for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs. The main reason to visit the island is the Fossa di Vulcano (Gran Cratere) and of course its gen, the sandy black beach Spiaggia Sabbie Nere. One of the few black sand beaches in Sicily, it's a scenic spot, curving around a bay of limpid, crystal clear waters out of which rise jutting faraglioni (rock towers). If you can stay to see the sunset, you will enjoy the beautiful colours where the sea contrasts with the dark lava background and the light-ray by sunrays give reflection similar to those in crystals.
#4 Lido Azzurro
Lido Azzurro is a lively, dynamic and trendy beach around Catani and one of the most visited of the beaches in Sicily. You can arrive there by the local bus or leave your rental car at the car park. There is an entrance fee to the beach as well as extra costs if you want to rent an umbrella.
You can ride along the waves or experience the fine sandy beach that appears endless. The largest beach club in the Catania coast and on the beaches in Sicily offers entertainment, sports and many other opportunities to have fun. If you have the possibility, come here in September, since the beach is not crowded anymore. You can rent sun loungers or have a meal in the restaurants offering great seafood and extensive wine collection.
#5 Cefalù, Palermo
Cefalù is one of Sicily’s prettiest and most charming towns. Set on the Tyrrhenian Coast, its long golden sandy beach is one of the best beaches in Sicily. And perfect for swimming too.
The facilities here are excellent, making it a good choice for families. When not relaxing on the beach, wander the quaint streets of this postcard-pretty town and taste some of the most famous local Sicilian wines in any wine cellars that are spread throughout the town or climb La Rocca to enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the old city and bay.
The Italian island of Sicily is the perfect destination for the beach-loving vacationer. But Sicily offers so much more than just beaches around Catania. If you prefer nature hikes, the ascent to Mount Etna is a must. It dominates the Sicilian landscape; its omniscient, smoking silhouette is a constant reminder of the island's past, present and future. It's the second most active volcano in the world. If you’re not very fit, don’t worry - visiting Etna can be as easy or as difficult as you intend to make it. Bear in mind that it's not possible to climb to the summit craters without a qualified guide or volcanologist.
If you are more interested in history, you should visit Taormina and Castelmola. These two towns in Sicily's northeast have stolen the hearts of visitors for over 200 years. Both towns are a maze of colourful streets with traditional gelaterias and pasticcerias.
Taormina and Castelmola are both 100s of metres above sea level. Ancient Greek amphitheatre in Taormina in the most important and beautiful sight with a picture-perfect view toward the Calabrian coast, the Ionian coast of Sicily and the spectacular cone of Etna volcano.