The Secret Beaches of Sicily: A Local’s Guide

Cinzia Caronna


Sicily, a sun-kissed island in the Mediterranean, boasts a myriad of beaches - from popular tourist hubs to secluded getaways known only to a few. As someone who's grown up here, I've had the joy of discovering these hidden spots, and today, I'll share a few of my favorites with you.

1. Cala Mosche:

Tucked away in the Vendicari Nature Reserve, Cala Mosche is a slice of paradise. Flanked by two rocky cliffs, this beach offers golden sands and clear, shallow waters, making it perfect for families. Its remote location means it's never overcrowded, even during peak seasons.

Pro Tip: Venture out in the early morning for a serene experience and enjoy a picnic while watching the sunrise.

2. Scala dei Turchi:

Perhaps one of the most picturesque locations in all of Sicily, the Scala dei Turchi, or "Stair of the Turks", is a marlstone cliff with a naturally formed white stairway leading into the sea. The contrast of the azure waters against the white rocks is breathtaking.

Pro Tip: This place is a marvel during sunset. Don't forget to pack your camera!

3. Spiaggia dei Conigli:

Translated as "Beach of the Rabbits," this Lampedusa gem is often listed among the best beaches in the world. With its transparent turquoise waters and protected wildlife, it's an eco-paradise for nature lovers.

Pro Tip: If you visit between June and August, you might witness loggerhead sea turtles nesting.


While these are just a few of my top picks, Sicily's coastline offers countless hidden spots waiting to be discovered. Each beach tells a unique story, from tales of ancient traders to legends of the sea. As you venture out, remember to tread lightly, respecting the pristine nature, and perhaps you'll stumble upon a secret beach of your own.