Best Sicily beaches: Spectacular scenery, turquoise waters (photos)

Unfortunately for us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is coming to an end and autumn is falling upon us. However, beaches are always on my mind. Today’s Beach Thursday photo essay will focus on the best Sicily beaches. Yes, another beautifully subjective list by yours truly. Next week: Rome vicinity. Enjoy!

best Sicily beaches, Castellammare del Golfo

Castellammare del Golfo (Photo: fazen, Flickr)

Best Beaches in Sicily

Perfect for those wanting to squeeze adventure into their beach holiday. Hike volcanoes, natural reserves, and even go diving & paragliding. Rumor has it that the best beaches in Sicily are found on the west coast of the island. Do I agree? Absolutely. Conveniently, the most spectacular scenery and beaches are clustered together:

San Vito Lo Capo

best Sicily beaches, San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo, arguably the best beach in Sicily, is located in a valley, sandwiched by gorgeous mountains (salvatore ciambra, Flickr)

Favignana, Egadi islands (off Sicily’s west coast)

best Sicily beaches, Favignana

The Egadi islands are located off Sicily’s western coast (Sicilia Mare, Flickr)

Eraclea Minoa

best Sicily beaches, Eraclea Minoa

Expansive coast awaits at Eraclea Minoa (valben, Flickr)

Riserva Naturale Orientata and Scopello

best Sicily beaches, Scopello

Scopello, Sicily: Stunning (Vincenzo Giordano, Flickr)

For diving, you may hit nearby Ustica or Scopello. Be warned, though — while the underwater world in Scopello is gorgeous, the rocks on the beach can be cutting. Appropriate footwear is recommended.

Best beaches in Sicily, honorable mentions: Vendicari Reserve, Gardini-Naxos, Castellammare del Golfo, Sampieri, Modica, Cefalu, and Pozzallo.

best beaches in Sicily, Pozzallo

Pozzallo beach (Jacques Zammit, Flickr)

Hope you enjoyed traveling through the best beaches in Sicily! The rest of the series, including other parts of Italy such as Rome, Puglia, Venice, and Tuscany vicinity, will be published next month as Beach Thursday editions.

San Vito Lo Capo landscape, best Sicily beaches

Another one for San Vito Lo Capo: My absolute favorite! (salvatore ciambra)

Have you visited the best Sicily beaches? Which ones?

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