Any summer trip to Sicily should be complimented by a day or two at the beach. Sicily has numerous clean beaches and miles of coastline, ideal for idling away the time while on holiday, swimming or engaging in water sports.
Here are five Sicily coast towns with great beaches, recommended by Luke of Charming Sicily, a company that specializes in luxury hotels on the island.
Scoglitti is a small fishing village on the southeast coast of Sicily near Vittoria. It has one of the most extensive collections of beaches in Sicily. The beautiful coastlines of Bianco Piccolo and Baia del Sole are easily reachable from Scoglitti. This area is particularly pleasant for visitors as it offers the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of beaches, which allows busy beaches to be avoided at peak times of the year.
Scoglitti is a short drive from Agrigento and is also easy to get to from Catania, where there is an airport.
Located in the province of Palermo, just 25km from the city center, Balestrate's main industries are fishing and tourism and the area sees many visitors in summer months.
Beaches in the area are sandy and the nearby forest backs onto the sands. These beaches can get extremely busy in summer months and become a sea of umbrellas and parasols. There are however a number of private beaches, which can be less crowded and are a good choice if you are trying to avoid the crowds.
The area is close to Castellamare del Golfo so if the beaches at Balestrate become too crowded you can escape to lesser-known shores.
Castellmare del Golfo
Located between Palermo and Trapani on Sicily's northwestern coast, Castellmare del Golfo is a seaside town with a very romantic feel. Since it still feels like old Sicily, it is a good destination if you are after authentic culture and the Sicilian way of life.
The beaches are located to the east of Castellmare and have something to offer every type of beach goer. Zingaro is next to the nature reserve and has a stunning backdrop, while Guidaloca is a good location for drivers as the beach has convenient parking. Castelmare del Golfo beaches are also popular amongst swimmers and divers as the coves of Scopello are home to lots of sea life making it a good choice for those who enjoy exploring the ocean with a snorkel in hand.
Although not a typical beach town, Milazzo is a great spot for swimmers and the pebbled beaches can a pleasant place to pass away a day of two in the heat of the sun. Milazzo is located on Sicily's northeast coast, a short distance from the Aeolian Islands and Nebrodi Park which makes it a popular tourist destination.
There are lots of hotels and resorts in the area, which compliment the busy town. The dock is also a pleasant stop for non--beach lovers and the town is a good option for a group of visitors looking for different things. While part of your group enjoy the sea and beach the culture hungry can explore the port town and surrounding areas.
San Vito lo Capo
Commonly known as Saint Vitus Cape, this spot is home to stunning beaches made up of crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches set beautifully against the backdrop of Mount Cofano. The coastal town of San Vito lo Capo is close to Trapani and its beautiful beach makes it well worth a visit. This beach was the filming location for Oceans Twelve in 2004.
The area is also popular with climbers as the coast is lined with stunning cliffs, which are littered with caves and grottos only accessible via a climb.
There are numerous hotels and villas offering lodging in the area surrounding the town, including the luxury resort of Baglio Oneto, making this area easily accessible for tourists and visitors.