The Ionic coast of Sicily awaits you to enchant you with its heavenly beaches and rocky bays. Discover the meeting place between the Mediterranean vegetation and the volcanic soil, a unique site in the world that you can discover only in eastern Sicily.
Don’t limit yourself to just the sight, really live this beauty by staying in one of the beautiful villas in the area.
The shores of eastern Sicily are washed by the Ionian Sea: its name originates from the Greek mythology (Jonio was the son of Durazzo, grand-nephew of Poseidon). The Ionian coast is rich in beautiful sandy beaches as well as rocky bays and natural reserves: our eastern Sicily villas’ guests will have plenty of choice whenever they wish to spend a day at the beach.
Starting from the northern area, we definitely recommend the whole Nature Reserve of the Timpa Plateau, where the beautiful town of Acireale is set: volcanic soil and typical Mediterranean vegetation, as well as – of course – idyllic seaside landscapes. Most beaches are not easy to reach, but totally worth the effort: don’t miss the “Spiaggia del Mulino”, a cobblestone beach surrounded by scenic steep cliffs and washed by a pristine blue sea. You’ll find the tiny seafaring village of Santa Maria della Catena just a few minutes away: a lovely rocky bay with crystal-clear sea can be found right in front of the picturesque hamlet.
Between Catania and Taormina, the “Praiola di Giarre” beach is nestled within the rocks of the territory of Chiancone: a fascinating scenario indeed, thanks to the combination of a deep blue sea, volcanic cobblestone and tuff rocks surrounding the whole area. The perfect destination for anyone looking for a very clean sea and a striking setting!
Pozzillo, a tiny town close to Acireale, also houses a noteworthy beach. Set on a little cape, this is the perfect place for those who love traditions and ancient sites: time, here, seems to have stopped a long time ago…
Heading south, the Ionian coast offers one of the most stunning scenarios of the area: the lovely little town of Aci Trezza, just a few kilometres from the port of Catania. Eight legendary “Faraglioni”, huge basaltic rocks towering in the middle of the sea, right in front of the village: they’re called “The Cyclops’ islands”, and the Greek mythology says they were thrown in the sea by Polyphemus while chasing after Odysseus. If you are a scuba diving enthusiast, don’t miss the beautiful seabed of this site!
If you are more into kilometer-long sandy beaches, equipped lidos (perfect for families) and plenty of bars, pubs and vibrant night life, we definitely recommend the “Playa” beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the fascinating historical centre of Catania. Eighteen kilometers of golden beach, with plenty of lidos and facilities, as well as night clubs: fun, sea, sun are the keywords.
Head south and you’ll find another beautiful sandy beach, set within the Simeto River Nature Reserve: the Simeto river starts flowing near Bronte, at the foot of the Nebrodi Mountains, and its mouth houses a charming white sandy beach, perfect if you’re searching for relax. You’ll be surrounded by the verdant landscape of the Nature Reserve, particularly rich in flora and fauna; you can easily reach this beach from Catania by taking the SS114 route.