The Sicilian coast

sandy beaches, pebbly coves and nature reserves

Extending across over 1,000km, Sicily’s coastline is extremely diverse, incorporating a mix of sandy beaches, pebbly coves and nature reserves and touched by three seas. What is important is the knowledge that wherever you are in Sicily, you are never far from the coast, even when in the Nebrodi or Madonie mountains or in centrally-located cities such as Enna.

Amongst the island’s most dramatic coastal features are the cliff formations at Scala dei Turchi, near Realmonte, the famous tongue of sand at Tindari and the giant boulder-shaped islets off the coast of the Riviera dei Ciclopi close to Taormina. Other stretches of coastline that stand out are the area around Foce del Belice near Porto Palo, with its wooden pathway through the pinewoods and lovely secluded coves, and the crescent-shaped sandy beach and turquoise water at San Vito Lo Capo.

Sicily’s coastal nature reserves of Lo Zingaro and Vendicari are particularly attractive, rich with flora and fauna and a paradise for walkers.