For The Best Beaches In Sicily, Head To Messina

The port city of Messina lies near the northeast tip of Sicily, opening up beaches along two coastlines. This means you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to finding a strip of sand to enjoy within easy reach of your disembarkation point.
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The port city of Messina  lies near the northeast tip of Sicily, opening up beaches along two coastlines. This means you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to finding a strip of sand to enjoy within easy reach of your disembarkation point.

Whether you like to sit back and take in the landscape, read a book, go for a stroll or take a dip, there’s a Sicilian beach with your name on it. Let’s look at where you could be sunning yourself:

Marinello Beach

When it comes to sea views, they don’t get much more beautiful than those found at Marinello Beach near the small town of Tindari. Here, you will find a thin stretch of white sand that links a series of picture perfect marine lakes together. The area has been protected as a natural reserve and it’s easy to see why when gazing out towards the tranquil sea.

Beaches surrounding Capo D’Orlando

Capo D’Orlando is one of the most well-known coastal resorts on Sicily and sits at the heart of an eight-kilometre stretch of beaches. To the east you will find the sandy Lido San Gregorio, while travelling to the west offers a selection of smaller options, meaning you can find the beach that best suits your needs.

Castel di Tusa Beach

An entirely different type of beach landscape is on show at Castel di Tusa, as instead of sand, the shoreline is made up of pebbles. Each of these stones has been smoothed by the sea over the years and it’s amazing to see the variety of hues on display. Looking out beyond the waves, you’ll see impressive rock formations that rise out of the water, making this beach a fascinating place for a stroll.

Lido dei Tirreno

If you’re looking for a good local recommendation, then the beaches around the resort of Mortelle are a must see. This is where the population of the city of Messina go when they want a break from the hustle and bustle. There’s no shortage of sandy beaches in this area, but Lido dei Tirreno is one of the most-loved and has a good selection of amenities.

Spiaggia Nera

The beaches at the far north of Messina are the product of the island’s volcanic past and this is plain to see. Spiaggia Nera is a pristine strip of black sand that is accessible on foot from Porto di Ponente. You’ll pass a series of mud pools, which are enough to pique your interest, before seeing the still waters of the beach and rock towers rising beyond.

Isola Bella
Garnering itself lots of attention due to the picturesque way the beach tapers off into a narrow strip that ends in an islet, Isola Bella is undoubtedly the most beautiful in eastern Sicily. The pebbles don’t detract from the elegant curve of the beach, which is complete with a backdrop of lush vegetation. At high tide, the islet is cut off from the mainland, so don’t get caught out if you walk across to explore.

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