Discovering Sicily – The Best Family-Friendly Beaches

Sicily has beaches of all shapes and sizes, from secluded coves in some sleepy fishing villages to several miles of soft white sands.

Beaches in Sicly
A pristine beach in Sicily. Photo: Anna on Pixabay.

Sicily has beaches of all shapes and sizes, from secluded coves in some sleepy fishing villages to several miles of soft white sands offering all kinds of water sports. If you are visiting Sicily with your family, there’s no doubt you will be spending most of your time at the beach. The Mediterranean Island is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, including those with clean and crystal-clear waters with lifeguards and child-friendly amenities. If you’re taking the little ones on your holiday to Sicily, here are the best family-friendly beaches on the island.

1. San Vito lo Capo     

One of Sicily’s most popular beach towns is San Vito Lo Capo. Famous for its magnificent sandy beach and delightful restaurants serving authentic Mediterranean food, it offers everything families could ever want for a fun holiday. Of course, that includes family-friendly beaches.

The gorgeous stretch of San Vito lo Capo Beach is the place to go for fun days at the beach with the family. It has powdery soft white sands for your little ones to play with and build sandcastles. Surrounded by majestic mountains and crystal-clear waters, the beach is incredibly scenic. You will also find many family-friendly hotels around the area, offering the perfect base for your beach holiday in Sicily.

Aside from spending some quality time at the beaches, take the time to explore San Vito Lo Capo and discover some of its historical sites, including the Sanctuary Fortress. It’s located at the heart of the town and sits around a small chapel dedicated to San Vito martyrs. The purpose is to protect the Christian worshippers from frequent pirate invasions. Your kids will also love exploring the magnificent lighthouse, the Faro, constructed to illuminate the bourbons in navigating the coastline in 1859.

2. Giardini Naxos        

Giardini Naxos is a tiny seaside resort town on the eastern coast of Sicily in the Messina district. It sits along a wide bay beneath the mountainside resort of Taormina. Many tourists come here for its picturesque setting with magnificent views of the Sicilian hills in the surrounding. Giardini Naxos is also home to several enchanting beaches, some with fine white sands and crystal-clear waters, perfect for families. You will also find some incredible places to stay in Sicily, with Giardini Naxos being a popular option.

One of the most popular beaches in Giardini Naxos is Spiaggia del Pirata, a small volcanic bay that looks very enchanting. The small beach is about 100 metres long and faces the west, offering breathtaking views of la Celvia Beach. It’s a fantastic beach to relax with your loved ones, although you’ll find some sheltered areas that are safe for kids to swim and paddle around.

While in Giardini Naxos, consider taking a relaxing boat ride to the nearby Isola Bella. You will find tour companies that can organise the tour. It includes snacks and drinks, with a visit to four different bays, including the stunning marine park of Isola Bella. Tours usually depart from the harbour of Giardini Naxos.

3. Cefalù

Cefalù is a lively beach town along Sicily’s northern coast and is famous for its golden sand beaches, pretty Norman cathedrals, and ancient ruins. Families staying in one of the beautiful villa rentals in Sicily can also enjoy many amazing things here, from exploring a hilltop castle to frolicking at the beaches.

The Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina in Cefalù is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Sicily, nestled in a cove underneath the old town. Even if you don’t intend to swim, the beach is a fabulous place to enjoy scenic strolls with your kids. You will also find benches to sit on as you watch amazing sunsets.

Beaches of Cefalù in Sicily
Cefalù, Sicily. Photo: Siggy Nowak on Pixabay.

Certain areas of the beach have sun beds and umbrellas for rent. These are the best places to relax and enjoy cocktails while you watch your kids play in the sand. You will also find shops, cafes, and restaurants in the area.

While in Cefalù, don’t miss the chance to visit the town’s main attraction, the Cathedral of Cefalù, one of Sicily’s most fascinating medieval structures. According to legend, the Norman King Roger II built it after surviving a storm in the sea.

4. Letojanni

Located north of Taormina, Letojanni is a popular coastal resort boasting a year-round mild climate and abundant beaches. The beaches in Letojanni are a mix of small pebbles and fine white sands stretching towards Taormina. These beaches have all the facilities you need for fun days at the beach, including bars, seafood restaurants, and a promenade for enjoying a short hike. You will also find numerous water sports facilities, perfect for families with active kids.

The sandy beach of Letojanni stretches for several kilometres, giving you and your kids plenty of space to play around and relax. After spending time at the beach, consider going for a tour of Taormina. Letojanni offers a good base for excursions by bus to the hilltop town. The pick-up points for these tours are within short walking distance from most of the accommodations in Letojanni.

So even if you want to spend the rest of your holiday lounging at Letojanni’s beautiful beach, you’ll have a more enjoyable holiday if you take the kids to Taormina and other nearby attractions.

5. Sampieri Beach

Sampieri is a charming, family-friendly beach town along Sicily’s south-eastern coast. Its calm and sandy beaches are ideal for families with little kids. Furthermore, it offers all the facilities for a safe and fun family holiday, such as playgrounds, parks, and stroller-friendly promenades.

Sampieri’s highlight is its gorgeous sandy beach with clear and shallow water. The beach is wide and is not very crowded, even during the peak season. It has a livelier vibe in summer, with beach clubs and restaurants setting along its shores. There are also lounge chairs, umbrellas, and water sports facilities for rent.

Aside from Spiaggia di Sampieri, the other family-friendly beaches in Sampieri are Spiaggia della Mannara and Spiaggia di Punta Pisciotto. Another fantastic place to relax with the kids is the Pineta Sampieri, a small pine forest in the eastern section of the town. It’s a lovely place to enjoy a hike, relax, or a picnic.

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