Wild and little-known to tourists, often hard to reach, here’s our list of beautiful Sicilian beaches to discover this summer.
9 Aug 2021
Tongues of golden sand, steep cliffs overhanging the sea, remote corners overlooking nearby Africa, where wild and unspoilt nature offers breathtaking views and postcard views that will stay with you forever... The following Sicilian beaches are little-frequented by holidaymakers, so don’t expect them to be very well equipped. You won’t find chiringuitos, bathing establishments, umbrellas or sunbeds, shops or places to spend the night, and you almost always have to take an inaccessible path or leave your car and walk to these hidden paradises… But it’s so worth it! If you’re planning a trip to Sicily, note down these names.
Torre Salsa Beach, Siculiana.
This expanse of fine golden sand alternating with beautiful white marl cliffs extends for about 6 kilometres in the Torre Salsa WWF Oriented Nature Reserve and Oasis, in the municipalities of Siculiana and Montallegro. The only way to get to this unspoilt beach is along a nature trail of wild beauty... in an area long-known for clay formations used for therapeutic purposes. If you’re lucky, you may even be blessed with a special encounter of the marine kind: right here, the Caretta sea turtle reproduces undisturbed.
Forgia Vecchia, Stromboli.
If you’re planning on visiting Stromboli, make sure you seek out Forgia Vecchia beach, a long expanse of black pebbles on the volcano’s slopes, where a quiet, picture-postcard landscape and crystal-clear waters reign supreme. The only way to get to this beach is on foot, along a path that starts from Scari beach, 300m or so from the pier.
This is an ideal place for anyone who wants to spend a day of peace and quiet, away from all hubbub.
Cala Cottone, Pantelleria.
Unspoilt nature is the name of the game on this Pantelleria beach on the island’s eastern coast, north of Cala Levante and just after Cala Gadir. It’s a twenty-minute walk to get to this tranquil bay, which in the olden days was a small port for boats laden high with cotton (hence the name).
If you’re planning to spend a few days on Pantelleria, don’t miss this fabulous beach for a bit of R&R.
Baia di Santa Margherita, Castelluzzo.
From Monte Cofano to the cliffs of Cala Mancina, this gulf conceals one of Sicily’s most beautiful and suggestive landscapes. Welcome to the Bay of Santa Margherita, a quieter alternative to the more crowded, better-known San Vito Lo Capo. The beach here shelves gently into the sea, making it ideal for families with children.
Santa Margherita bay may be accessed via a paved road off the provincial road to San Vito Lo Capo.
Beach of Isola delle Correnti, Porto Palo di Capo Passero.
The Island of the Currents is one of the most enchanting spots along the Syracuse coast, although it’s less of a real island than a big rock with a lighthouse, connected to the mainland by an artificial isthmus that, at low tide, turns into a peninsula. It is, in fact, the southernmost point in all Italy. The waters here are crystal clear and the seabed rocky (tip: bring along comfy sea shoes). Note that the beach is in one of the island’s windiest areas. Little wonder that it’s a firm favourite with surf lovers!
Staying in Sicily.
On a trip to Sicily and its beautiful beaches, we recommend you stay at Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze in Catania, just a few kilometres from Syracuse, or at L’Ariana Isole Eolie | UNA Esperienze, a hotel perched on a cliff overlooking the turquoise seas off the island of Salina, and the pride of the pretty village of Rinella.