Any vacation to the island of Sicily should include a day or two at one of its many beaches. With miles of coastline, Sicily's beaches are clean and beautiful, perfect for idling away the time while on holiday, swimming or for water sports. Here are five Sicily coast towns with great beaches,
White Sand Beaches in Scoglitti
Scoglitti is a small fishing village on the southeast coast of Sicily near Vittoria.
It overlooks the coast of the Gulf of Gela and is a tourist destination during the summer months. The beautiful coastlines of Bianco Piccolo and Baia del Sole are both easy trips from the center of Scoglitti, and feature fine, white sand. Since it has so many different types and sizes of beaches, Scoglitti is ideal for visitors who want to avoid crowds of tourists. Scoglitti is a short drive from Agrigento and is also easy to get to from Catania, where there is an airport.
Balestrate's Busy Beaches
Located in western Sicily in the province of Palermo, the fishing village of Balestrate is in the center of the Gulf of Castellammare. This area attracts a lot of tourists, especially during the summer months, when it becomes a sea of umbrellas and parasols. There are a lot of private beaches worth seeking out if you want solitude, but the bustling crowds can be a lot of fun.
Beaches in the Balestrate area are sandy and are close to wooded areas in many locations.
Castellammare del Golfo
Located between Palermo and Trapani on Sicily's northwestern coast, Castellammare del Golfo is a quaint 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 Sicilian traditions.
The beaches are in the eastern part of Castellammare and have something to offer every type of beachgoer.
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. Castellammare del Golfo beaches are also popular with swimmers and divers; the coves of Scopello are home to lots of sea life. It's a good option if you want to explore the ocean with a snorkel.
Pebbled Beaches in Milazzo
Although not a typical beach town, Milazzo is a great spot for swimmers and the pebbled beaches are 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, making it a popular tourist destination and a favorite of ancient historians: In "The Odyssey," Milazzo is where Odysseus' ship runs aground and he meets Polyphemus, the Cyclops.
Milazzo has many hotels and resorts, and its dock is a pleasant stop even for those who prefer not to swim.
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.
The area is also popular with climbers since the coast is lined with stunning cliffs. There are hundreds of caves and grottos among the cliffs which are only accessible via climbing.