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6 of the best beaches in Sicily

By Stacey Parsons

Sicily has some of the best beaches this side of the Caribbean with fine white sand and turquoise waters. Even at the height of summer, you can usually find a quiet stretch all to yourself. Here are six of the best.

Fontane Bianche beach

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1. Fontane Bianche

Located 15km outside of Syracuse, Fontane Bianche is popular due to its soft white sand and transparent water. It’s a great beach to visit if you’re looking for lots of facilities such as bars and cafes, along with plenty of sun loungers to hire along this 3km stretch of coastline. This is also a great pick for families due to its gently sloping seabed and warm water.

San Vito Lo Capo beach

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2. San Vito Lo Capo

Extending below Mount Cofano, San Vito Lo Capo is a beautiful bay on the north west tip of Sicily, offering spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. With lifeguards on duty and shallow, clear and gentle waters, this is ideal for families with small children. For anyone seeking a little more adventure, you can head off scuba diving or even take some hiking gear and explore some of the hidden bays nearby.

Tindari-Marinello beach

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3. Tindari-Marinello

A beautiful stretch of white sand interspersed with lagoons and a sandy spit that reaches out towards the ocean, Tindari-Marinello is the place to go if you’re looking for a quiet retreat. This beach is only accessible on foot and there are no facilities, so you’ll need to bring everything that you need with you. If you’re looking for somewhere romantic to watch a beautiful sunset, this is it.

Lungomare di Cefalu beach

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4. Lungomare di Cefalù

With picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and the old town, Lungomare di Cefalù is a bustling beach with golden sands and a sweeping bay. Parasols and sun loungers are available to hire all along the 8km beach, and with the town of Cefalù sitting right behind you, you can always take a break from the sand and head to a café for a spot of lunch.

 

Cala Delle Mosche beach

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5. Cala delle Mosche

A lesser-known sandy cove located in Vendicari Nature Reserve, Cala delle Mosche is a quiet retreat ideal for beach lovers, sheltered by rock headlands and vegetation. To get to this natural beauty you’ll need to walk the last kilometre from the car park down to the beach, but the white sand, transparent waters and caves that you’ll discover are well worth the effort. There are no facilities.

Mondello beach

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6. Mondello Beach

Close to Palermo, Mondello beach has soft sand sloping gently into a turquoise ocean Pastel coloured changing huts can be rented, and the beach has a number of bathing stations where you can freshen up before heading off to see the sights of Palermo.

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