A laid back agricultural town on the Alcantara plains, surrounded by lush vegetation and citrus groves. Calatabiano is watched over by the dominating Arab Norman Castle with its ancient city walls and village.
This beautiful and popular bay of white sand with some pebbly sections is the largest stretch of beach in the area. There’s a good range of facilities with sun loungers, parasols for hire, watersports, beach bars and restaurants.
Isola Bella Beach
The most famous of nearby Taormina’s beaches and one of the prettiest of coves, Isola Bella Beach is connected to the little island of the same name by a thin strip of sand. Offering panoramic views and crystal clear water, this very popular, pebbly beach is connected to the town by cable car (or some 300 steps) and has sun loungers and parasols for hire.
Just a short cable-car ride down from the town of Taormina, Mazzarò is a pebbly cove with ample sun loungers and parasols for hire.
Aci Trezza is a little seaside town with a couple of small streets, and rocky islands/outcrops - you can hire a canoe or a pedalo to explore. In the summer months there are a few bars along the waterfront, and you can get breakfast, and also watch the sunset over the water in the evening. The car park is a bit on the small side, however there is a regular bus from Catania.
Taormina Film Fest - June
A six day festival of film screenings and press conferences held at the Greek Amphitheatre.
Seafood Festival - June & July
A celebration of seafood in Giardini Naxos with many fish themed feasts, all freshly caught.
Taormina Arte - July & August
A festival of live dance, theatre and opera set in the Teatro Greco.
Etnafest - July to December
A colourful arts festival with a varied program of rock, blues, reggae, jazz and classical music as well as puppet shows to Le Ciminiere convention centre in Catania.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Discover the exquisite coastline from the sea and enjoy the excellent conditions of the north east coast for various watersports.
Corso Umberto in Taormina
Take an evening stroll along the medieval Corso Umberto, a pedestrianized avenue lined with exclusive designer boutiques, antique shops and luxury jewellers.
Greek Amphitheatre in Taormina
The Teatro Greco is Taormina’s leading attraction. Built in the 3rd century BC, this stunning Greek amphitheatre offers a picturesque setting with views across the Gulf of Naxos and a backdrop of Mount Etna. Each summer the theatre is used as a venue for an impressive schedule of events; from rock concerts to opera as well as an annual film festival.
Etna, which is the largest active volcano in Europe, erupts frequently and a tour up to the crater is a must for any tourist visiting the island.