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In the deep south-east of Sicily beaches are easily comparable to the most famous tropical ones: white sand, a transparent turquoise green sea and warm temperatures all year round. If you are staying in our South-eastern Sicily villas and looking forward to soaking up the sun and taking refreshing baths in this pristine water, you should head towards Portopalo di Capo Passero, a tiny seafaring hamlet.

Portopalo di Capo Passero island

The island of Portopalo di Capo Passero seen from the mainland – photo via Flickr – Alessandro Loss

It’s a fascinating destination indeed – not only for being the southernmost point of the island, but also because two seas, the Mediterranean and the Ionian, meet right in front of its shores, as well as for the beauty and peculiarity of the two islands – the island of Capo Passero and the Isola delle Correnti (Island of streams). 

The island of Capo Passero was formerly a peninsula, but the sandy isthmus that connected it with the mainland has nowadays been covered by the sea water: after enjoying a sun bath on the sandy beach, you can walk into the warm beautiful sea to reach the little island, as the water level does not rise too much. Take your time to explore the island: you’ll find a sandy beach and a rocky bay, particularly rich in sea urchins (locals will be happy to teach you how to collect them without hurting yourself and them how to eat them right on the spot!), as well as an ancient “Tonnara” (a typical warehouse for tuna stocking) from the 13th Century and the Fortress of Charles V, from the 16th Century. The tonnara is set on the eastern side of the island, where the shore is rocky and irregular and diving lovers will have fun discovering all the caves around (don’t miss Grotta del Polipo). 

The Isola delle Correnti is where you go if you’re actually looking for the southernmost spot of Sicily’s mainland. This tiny strip of land is artificially connected with a beautiful white sandy beach, but during low tide the island becomes a peninsula. Take your time to reach the ancient lighthouse on the island: two seas embrace, peace and quiet all around, the sea breeze whispering… and for a few moments, you’ll be the southernmost man/woman in Sicily!