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Best Small coastal towns in Sicily

This article is meant for all of you that want to avoid big cities but still not too far from them in case you fancy a day trip. Listed in this article are small beach towns in Sicily where you will have everything you need in the vicinity such as beaches, shops, bars, restaurants, hotels without the need to use a car. Also ideal for families with small children.

From this list I would say that Taormina would be the least relaxing as it is quite touristy and can get very busy but I have decided to include it as it is the most Picturesque in my opinion. The ideal time to visit those towns would be April-May and September-October.


At only 70 Km from Palermo the lovely Cefalu’ is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, as well as being obviously at the top of the list of Sicilian villages to visit. The Cathedral of Cefalù has entered the list of UNESCO Heritage in the complex which includes the Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale. The stunning beach is just off the historic city centre which makes it perfect for a total relaxing holiday having everything you need in close proximity. 

San Vito lo capo 

Everything in San Vito is a real invitation to relax. The narrow streets that smell of the sea, the low houses, the lovely smell of the jasmine, the shoreline and the restaurants scattered along the alleys.  When you are on the beach, everything is close at hand, so you can easily organise a whole day in comfort.  Leaving the sea behind, you can dedicate yourself to the town.  The heart is the square, where the Sanctuary-Fortress is located. It was built around the chapel dedicated to San Vito martyrs and originally served to protect the numerous faithful from pirate raids.

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Borgo San Gregorio near Capo D’Orlando

Borgo San Gregorio is a charming seaside resort belonging to the territory of Capo d’Orlando, which stands out for its natural beauty, showing itself as one of the best solutions for a perfect summer holiday in Sicily.  Along the San Gregorio Beach it is possible to admire the alternation of sandy dunes with ravines and inlets, which give this place an even more unique charm, surrounded by splendid clear waters from which several rocks of various sizes emerge.


Located in the province of Syracuse, Marzamemi is by far one of the most beautiful seaside villages in Italy and its foundation dates back to the year one thousand. Marzamemi is a picturesque seaside village where time seems to have stopped in the true sense of the word and is the ideal destination for families with small children and for those seeking peace and tranquility. Do not miss the suggestive San Lorenzo beach and the Spinazza beach which is made up of golden sand and is easily reachable on foot from the centre of the village.

Aci Trezza 

Aci Trezza is a fraction of the municipality of Aci Castello, in Catania’s province. Fishing center of ancient and remarkable tradition, it is famous for its landscape. It overlooks the Ionian Sea and is about 9 kilometers from Catania.  The panorama that can be admired from the village is dominated by the Cyclops rocks, and the nearby island of Lachea. Today Aci Trezza is certainly a tourist place and full of sites of interest to be discovered.


Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, Taormina is a treasure chest that is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime; it is one of the stops not to be missed on your journey to discover one of the most beautiful towns in Sicily. The city, in the province of Messina, is a palette of colours squeezed between the blue of the sea and the imposing Etna. It is an ancient city, inhabited since before the arrival of the Greeks, built on a natural terrace overlooking the sea. Greeks and Romans enriched it with streets, theatres and temples and the Arabs then embellished it with gardens and fountains.

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