Ideal ecosystem for birdwatchers and sunbathers aficionados
The Scala dei Turchi are the most famous attractions of our coast but there is so much more. Little bays and rocky cliffs separated by long, golden, sandy beaches make the coast of Agrigento an ideal spot for your vacation in Sicily: more than 200km of beautiful natural beaches to soak up the sun, dive into turquoise waters and explore magnificent nature reserves. Some reserves such as Torre Salsa and Foce del Fiume Platani are located on the coast whilst others are in the hilly mountainous areas of the Monti Sicani: the green heart of Sicily waiting to be discovered. A surprising variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna thrives in the countryside and along the gentle shores of Agrigento, enhanced by light, perfumes and colours. This corner of Sicily delights and satisfies anyone looking for an outdoor experience in a natural environment: on the one hand there are magnificent beaches, hidden bays and rocky corners for those who want to relax and on the other there are lush forests, sleepy villages and friendly countryside roads where one can encounter the authentic and generous side of Sicily. In the following section we propose some of the better known bathing areas and nature reserves: discover others in our itineraries.
A long walk among the oldest oaks and rocks of Sicily
Exploring natural beauty and history along mountain paths
For ten consecutive years the beaches of Porto Palo have been awarded the ‘blue flag’ Education (FEE) for the quality of its waters. The area is overlooked by an ancient watchtower.
The beach of San Marco is in a little bay with crystal clear waters, surrounded and protected by rocky slopes. Small sandy beaches alternate with rocky coves: paradise for snorkelers.
The shore of Seccagrande is a pebbled beach with seaside services. Its waters are very crystal clear. This coastal area is the principal beach of the nearby town of Ribera.
Lovely as the Scala dei Turchi the white cliff of Cape White is located near the Platani river and Cattolica Eraclea town. The archaeological site of Heraclea Minoa is located just on her top.
This long wide sandy beach, located near Cattolica Eraclea town, is fringed by pines trees stretches to the cliff of Capo Bianco. The beauty of the sea makes it a perfect spot for bathing.
This pretty beach with turquoise waters and lush Mediterranean vegetation is the extension of the beach of Eraclea Minoa: from the beach of Bovo Marina, indeed, you can see the cliff of Capo Bianco.
The natural oasis of Laghetto Gorgo is well known to birdwatchers because houses many varieties of migrant birds such as cormorants, coots, grebes and flamingos.
A lovely sandy family beach which reaches right up to the nature reserve of Torre Salsa and Monte Stella. Once a small fishermen’s village, now a popular seaside resort thanks to its clean waters.
A magnificent beach with soft sand, overlooked by the characteristic cliff of Monte Rosso which towers over the bay. From the top of this rock, a 16th century tower observes the bathers.
To the est of Pergole, exactly below the sandstone rocks on which the Tower of Monterosso is perched, the long beach called Spiaggetta offers its soft sand and gentle waters to bathers.
To the west of the cliff of Monte Rosso are a series of smaller sandy beaches surrounded by steep cliffs. Beware: the road leading down to the beaches is very steep but it is worth the effort.
Lido Rossello is a beach near to Scala dei Turchi. To the west it’s protected by a buttress with a lighthouse. At its feet the rocky coves create charming bathing spots called “piscine”.
Punta Grande is the sandy beach to the East of the Scala dei Turchi. A long beach wich runs right up to the famous Scala. The beauty of the sea makes it a perfect spot for bathing.
Punta Piccola is a vast golden beach located between Porto Empedocle and Scala dei Turchi. Nearby, you can admire the ruins of a roman villa dating from the 1 th century AD.
Marinella is the main beach of Porto Empedocle, at just a few hundred meters from the town centre. The many kiosks and beach resorts along the beach makes it an ideal destination for families.
Cannatello is a pretty sandy beach with both free bathing areas as areas and areas services by beach kiosks. The neighbourhood located near the beach many services are provided.
Punta Bianca is the hidden pearl lies to the Agrigento’s beaches. This “minor version” of the Scala dei Turchi not easy to reach but stunning
Cala Vincenzina is a splendid sandy cove set beneath a ruggedly cliff. It’s one of the most beautiful bay of the coastline among Punta Bianca and Marina di Palma
The Baia delle Sirene, near to Palma di Montechiaro town, are a stunning inlets framed by ruggedly beauty. The bay is located at the foot of the medieval castle overlooking the cliff.
The seaside of Palma di Montechiaro are composed of beaches of wich the most lovely is the shore at the foot of the 17thcentury tower of San Carlo. Many beach services are provided.
Ciotta is a long sandy beach with both free bathing areas as areas and areas services by beach kiosks. A 16th century tower enhances the beauty of this coastline with turquoise waters.
Rocca San Nicola is a splendid beach: in the face of its shore a magnificent rock emerges and divers may discover un underwater paradise amongst its seabed rich of fish.
Cala Paradiso is an enchanting inlet with white rocks similar to the famous Scala dei Turchi. Approaching the beach from above there is a spectacular view over the blu horizon.
Cala de Re is the stunning bay due west of the Rocca San Nicola: it is a little gulf of uncontaminated beauty. Its natural beauty is supplemented by comfort offered by the beachfront amenities.
Long, sandy and fully serviced beach situated to the east of the fishing harbour of Licata. The seawater is perfectly clear and the bay is protected and embraced by superb rocky cliffs.
The nature reserve called Macalube protect a rare ecosystem composed of small active volcanic cones erupting cold mud and salty water. The area is temporarily closed to visitors.
The Nature Reserve of mount San Calogero protects an underground maze of caves which produce a therapeutic steam appreciated since antiquity. The caves is temporarily closed to visitors.