A guide to the best beaches in the Taormina & the North East regions of the beautiful island of Sicily.
The island of Sicily has no end of beautiful beaches, from stunning bays of fine white or golden sands to enchanting pebbly, secluded coves, with crystal clear water that shimmers in every shade of blue, aquamarine and turquoise. Some beaches are fairly deserted, with barely a soul in sight, even in the height of summer, while others are buzzing with a lively seaside atmosphere. At the latter, you’ll find sun loungers and parasols for hire costing around 10 euros upwards per person for the day.
Best beaches in Sicily part one - Taormina & the North East
1. Tindari-Marinello, Oliveri
Access by foot only | Sand | No facilities
By the ancient Greek-Roman town of Tindari, between the promontory and the sea lies the nature reserve of the Laghetti di Marinello; a spectacular white sand beach with a spit stretching out to sea that changes shape with the shifting tides. With its clear waters and salt lagoons this is one of the loveliest beaches along this stretch of coast. Remember to take anything you might need with you such as bottled water.
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2. Mazzaro Bay, Taormina Mare
Pebbles | Good facilities
In one of the most picturesque bays of Sicily, this beach is mainly devoted to lidos with sunloungers and parasols for hire with just a few small areas of public beach. The view is enchanting and the lidos come with the added advantage that you can order drinks or something to eat without barely lifting a muscle. For a further choice of restaurants, cafés and bars the nearby cable car will to take you up to Taormina itself.
3. Isola Bella, Taormina Mare
Pebbles | Good facilities
One of the most spectacular beaches on the island, connecting Taormina to the island of Isola Bella, the views here are unforgettable. You’ll find a few small areas of public beach, but it is mainly private lidos with sunloungers and parasols for hire. There’s a range of nearby restaurants to choose from and as, with the neighbouring Mazzarò Bay, the cable car is on hand if you wish to visit the lovely town of Taormina itself.
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4. Giardini Naxos
Sand with some pebbly areas | Good facilities
This beautiful and popular bay of white sand with some pebbly sections is the largest stretch of beach in the area and has lovely views of Taormina. There’s a good range of facilities with sunloungers and parasols for hire, water sports, beach bars and restaurants. You’ll also find some public areas of the beach that you can use free of charge.
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5. Aci Trezza
Rocks and decking | Some facilities
This little seaside town is about 25 miles south of Taormina and is known for spectacular sunsets behind three tall, rocky little islands. Local legend has it that the Cyclops threw these great stones at Odysseus, as narrated in Homer’s Odyssey.
While there is no actual beach here, in the summer months areas of decking are set-up with sunloungers and access to the sea and a few small bars – the perfect place from where to sip your Aperol Spritz as the sun goes down. During the day you can hire a pedalo and head out to the islands, from where you can moor up and enjoy the sunshine. If you get here early enough, try the bar ‘Mythos’, known for being the best place to try a granita and brioche for your summer breakfast and for lunch there are some cafés and restaurants nearby.
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