White sand, bays, inlets and coves: here are 10 show-stopping stretches of Italian shores.
There are plenty of exotic beaches and incredible places in the world: the Italian coast is one of the best choices for a truly special holiday. If you love nature and want to spend the summer relaxing and sunbathing on swathes of white sand, these beaches are waiting for you.
Italy has the most beautiful beaches in the world, extraordinary inlets and coves, secluded bays and long paths of fine sand to enjoy all year round. If you’re considering a holiday near the sea, Italy could be your best choice. Take a look at the best deals in Italy, find the best hotels and don’t forget to pack your best swimsuit.
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1. Groticelle Beach, Capo Vaticano, Calabria
Lying on a beautiful stretch of the Costa degli Dei, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea at the foot of Stromboli volcano, Capo Vaticano is the place to be. Grotticelle Bay, with its three fine sandy beaches and small rocky outcrops melting into a clear blue sea, it’s the perfect place to spend your holiday in Calabria. The shining sun, the green hills of the Mediterranean and the abundance of delicious local produce (for example, the Tropea red onion) puts Capo Vaticano in our number one spot.
2. Goloritze Beach, Baunei, Sardinia
At Ogliastra, south of the beautiful Orosei Gulf, is Goloritze Beach, formed by a landslide and now considered a ‘Natural Monument’ of the region. This pearl of the Sardinian coast is most easily accessible by boat. On foot, it can be reached after an hour’s walk along the rugged shoreline. The beach’s dramatic rock formations, cliffs, pinnacles and natural archways make the journey to get there more than worthwhile – it’s a breathtaking landscape and a unique spot to get your Speedos on.
3. Gavitella Beach, Praiano, Salerno
Like to squeeze every last drop of sunshine out of your day? Well, runour has it that this beach is the only one kissed by the sun until the late evening. It’s a small pebbly cove next to two terraces on which you can enjoy the best moments of the day. On one of the most beautiful stretches of the Amalfi Coast, not far from the fjord of Furore, where the scent of citrus and the view of a blue and turquoise sea will bewitch your senses and leave you with unforgettable holiday memories. Praiano is a wodnderful region to explore, full of natural beauty, a real slice of authentic Italy, home to locals who certainly know how to impress, whether through their cooking or their style.
4. Capreria Beach, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Sicily
About 1700 hectares of protected reserve land overlook a beautiful stretch of Sicilian coast between the towns of Castellammare and Scopello: it’s paradise! The Zingaro Reserve was the first protected area of the region and is one of the jewels of Italy. The green fields, the rocky slopes and terraces that lead to the blue sea and the fabulous beaches will make you want to stay – there’s plenty to keep the whole crew entertained and mesmerised for hours. Don’t miss the Tonnara di Scopello, the natural history museum and the spectacular coves dotted across the bay.
5. Dei Due Mari Beach, Porto Giunco, Sardinia
A soft carpet of fine sand and a clear blue sea where you can swim for hours, while the gentle rays of the Sardinian sun beam down upon you – sounds rubbish doesn’t it? The so-called ‘beach of the two seas’ divides the sea from the pond of Notteri, where you can spot pretty pink flamingos. Another place to check out if you’re in the area is Simius Beach, not far from Dei Due Mari – this long strip of white sand with two small coves completes the perfect postcard shot of this stunning stretch of Italian coastline.
6. Campo all’Aia Beach, Procchio, Elba Island, Tuscany
This blue waters of the stunning bay on Elba Island holds a deep ‘sea’cret – the wreck of a Roman ship lying just a few metres from the shore. The town of Procchio is known for its white sands and pristine waters and there’s plenty to see and do here for couples and families, with enough facilities to accommodate even the most demanding tourists. Cliffs, coves and underwater sites are a bonus that make this a special place.
7. Isola Bella, Taormina, Messina, Sicily
Five miles from the tiny town of Taormina on the east coast of Sicily, you’ll find Isola Bella, a shiny strip of rocks clinging to the edge of the Ionian Sea connecting the mainland to the small island of the same name. Swim out at high tide or take a stoll across for an afternoon picnic when tides are out. The area was declared a nature reserve and is frequented by snorkelers (due to the variety of multicolored fish) and thousands of tourists every year. It’s hard not to fall in love with it.
8. Mezzavalle Beach, Portonovo, Ancona, le Marche
Mezzavalle beach is another sandy sight for sore eyes wide open to the Adriatic, in the heart of Conero. Prepare to be blown away by its leafy glade of low shrubs, strawberry trees, oaks and a steep path leading straight into the sea. Oh, and then there’s the spectacular view from the top of the cliffs, the endless reflections of the beautiful sea and many small solitary coves to discover. But the best thing is that, for some unknown reason, it’s not jam-packed with tourists or sun-worshipping locals, so you’re likely to have the place to yourself.
9. Punta della Suina, Gallipoli, Puglia
Salento’s beaches are an obvious choice if you want the perfect holiday – uninterrupted coastline with fine sand, crystal waters ideal for a refreshing dip, clear skies, warm sun and the wind to keep you cool. Journey through a fragrant pine forest and this stunning lanscape will be there to greet you. The beach of Punta della Suina, a few kilometres from the centre of Gallipoli, is all sand and small rocks, with the intense shades of blue from the Ionian Sea. If adventuring to this deserted beach leaves you feeling peckish then you’re in the right place – delicious local cuisine and various entertainment options are on hand in Salento to save you.
10. Fuili Cove, Dorgali, Sardinia
This is another spectacular jewel in the beautiful Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia. Some scenes of the famous film Swept Away, starring Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Spalato, were shot here. At Fuili you’ll find a small shingle bay, the scents of the Mediterranean (think pine trees and olive groves) wafting out across the waves will really set the scene. Arrive at the beach via the scenic land route or by sea, from the ports of Arbatax and Cala Gonone, and let yourself be swept away by the romance of the place.
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