Within striking distance of Palermo this crescent of soft white sand and crystal turquoise water makes for an easy beach day if you are on a short city break. Take the 806 bus from Palermo’s city center or opt for a 30 minute taxi ride. There are restaurants for a seafood pasta meal and you can rent chairs and umbrellas to snooze away the hottest part of a Sicilian afternoon.
This tiny island surrounded by craggy boulders and the blue waters of the Ionian sea sits below the town of Taormina. Connected to land by a rocky strip that is sometimes visible you can take a boat over or the cable car that connects Taormina to nearby Mazzarò. Isola Bella was once once the home of an an English noblewomen Lady Florence Treveylan at the turn of the century it is now a nature reserve with a small museum. The beach here is rocky and water shoes will make you much more comfortable getting in and out of the water.
Scala del Turchi
The dramatic sweeps of white rock from limestone form a sort of staircase that you use to reach the golden sweep of sand below at this beach in southern Sicily. There are two private beach clubs with facilities like bathrooms, umbrellas and dining options or you can hike a bit and find a public spot for your beach towel.
Spiaggia de Coniglio
This remote beach called Spiaggia dei Conigli in Italian has been named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Located on the island of Lampedusa, it is a trek to get there with plane flights and/or ferry rides and hikes involved but your effort will be rewarded with spectacularly clear water in a multitude of blues.
San Vito lo Capo
This stunning bay with an enormous rock formation on the shoreline and a village of whitewashed fisherman’s houses is a very popular summer destination. Palm trees and white sand add to the tropical vibe. If crowds are not your thing, head a few miles away to the Natural Reserve of Mount Cofano where you can find a quiet rocky cove to call your own.