Right now, there is still some uncertainty about what is going to happen in Italy this summer, but the packed beach experiences we were so used to, certainly won’t be happening in 2020. To be completely honest, no one knows what to expect from our first coronavirus summer in Italy but we are ready to start yet another great season with you!

One thing is sure: there will be fewer people. Everywhere. Including our beautiful Sicilian beaches.

But talking about summer and getting ready for it, if there is one thing Italians can’t be blamed for, is for their creativity. And, as we wait for summer to start, Trikinis are popping out of Italian fashion minds and into the Italian shops.

But, if you like me love your tan (and to breath freely), we might skip this new Coronavirus-inspired fashion as well as the futuristic-looking beach projects that are trying to reinvent a simple thing as going to the beach.

But again, I like to feel free especially after this quarantine! This is why this summer, we suggest you instead to head to the most remote beaches around Siracuse. Here are the most beautiful, bigger and possibly social-distancing-friendly beaches.

Best beaches for social distancing in Sicily – Summer 2020:

Il Plemmirio

The Plemmirio is a marine protected area, close to Syracuse and located south of the Magdalene peninsula and includes a 6 km coast between Punta Castelluccio and Capo Murro di Porco south of Syracuse.

Given its huge size, the Plemmirio is probably one of the best beaches for Summer 2020. Here, you can find the famous “Grotta Pellegrina,” which was a place for shelter since the Prehistory. And while you are here, make sure you don’t miss to explore Punta della Mola where, armed with your mask, you can visit the necropolis with annexed village dating back to the Bronze Age. Here, you can also admire all sort of original flora and fauna, such as the solitary corals, sea sponges, bryozoans, sea cicadas, nudibranchs and many other fish species.

© photo by @graziano_smn on Instagram

The Plemmirio is a protected marine reserve with free entrance, with many cliffs, underwater caves and rocky or sandy coves. A true marine paradise for lovers of diving and snorkelling. The coast is also recommended for hiking along the top of the cliffs, from where you can admire a beautiful view. The area is completely wild, with the exception of a few bars and restaurants.

Into & Features:

  • Type: golden sand and rocks
  • Where: Syracuse (SR)
  • Length:15 km
  • Recommended for: everybody
  • Services: bar, restaurant nearby
  • Access: free
  • Parking: free
  • How to reach the beach: from Syracuse proceed for 14 km following the signs to Riserva Naturale del Plemmirio along the road SS 115 and take the SP 58

Ognina

The coast that goes from Fontane Bianche to the beach of Arenella, in the eastern side of Sicily, features both rocky cliffs and white sandy beaches as well as crystal waters. From here, you can also reach a deserted island by swimming. In the area of Ognina you can admire the numerous remains ranging from the prehistoric age to the late ancient age.

© Photo by irismarischi on Instagram

Info & Features

  • Type: rocks
  • Where: Syracuse (SR)
  • Length: 2 km
  • Recommended for: everybody
  • Services: showers, bar, restaurant, beach equipment rentals, boat rentals
  • Access: free and equipped
  • Parking: free
  • How to reach the beach: from any of our apartments in Siracuse, proceed for about 13 km following the signs to Ognina along the road SS 115. It is also possible to reach the beach of Ognina by bus from Syracuse.

Marianelli

Going south, you can head to Marianelli beach (near the famous and crowded Calamosche beach) which truly is a sea paradise immersed. It is in fact a favourite beach for naturists and privacy lovers. In fact, the tall dunes behind the beach give you a true sense of privacy and being alone. Immersed in the Vendicari reserve, it can be reached by walking on a path through the protected area. At the entrance, there is a car park as well as showers and a refreshment area.

© Photo by @francescosavatteri on Instagram

Info & Features:

  • Type: golden sand and rocks
  • Where: Noto (SR)
  • Length: 300 m
  • Recommended for: naturists and LGTB friendly
  • Services: showers, bar, parking 600 m away
  • Access: free
  • Parking: paying
  • How to reach the beach: from Noto proceed for about 9 km following the signs to Riserva Naturale di Vendicari along the SP 19. You can reach the beach of Marianelli from the north entrance to the reserve along the road SP 19, from Noto to Pachino. Once you’ve parked your car, you walk the entire coast of Eloro (about 300 m) and, past the mouth of the river Tellaro, you have to cross a small rocky hill.

Carratois

In the territory of Pachino and 60 km from Syracuse, there is the long golden beach of Playa Carratois. This beach is ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing thanks to the winds that characterize the area. The long beach is ideal for social distancing this summer and its shallow waters are great for children.

© Photo by @mocciosa_ on Instagram

Info & Features

  • Type: golden sand
  • Where: Portopalo di Capo Passero (SR)
  • Length: 1,5 km
  • Recommended for: everybody
  • Services: bar, restaurant, beach equipment rentals
  • Access: free and equipped
  • Parking: free
  • How to reach the beach: from any of our apartments in Siracusa, head to Portopalo, then proceed for about 8 km following the signs to Playa Carratois along the road SP 8.

San Lorenzo

Like Carratois, this isn’t an isolated beach, however being wider and longer than other, it’s likely to be a favourite for Summer 2020. This long coastline features grey-white sand and beach clubs. The beach clubs are preparing to offer distanced umbrellas and deckchairs to comply with the latest Covid-19 rules so that you can enjoy a relaxed and safe holiday in Sicily. Here, you can also rent pedal boats or other water sports equipment.

© Photo by @margherita.durbano on Instagram

Info & Features:

  • Type: grainy sand and rocks
  • Where: Noto (SR)
  • Length: 1 km
  • Recommended for: everybody and families with children
  • Services: showers, bar, restaurant, beach equipment rentals, playground, rescue service, parking
  • Access: free and equipped
  • Parking: paying
  • How to reach the beach: from Siracusa, head to Noto, then proceed for about 20 km following the signs to San Lorenzo on the SP19

It’s going to be a different summer for sure, but I bet we are truly going to enjoy our well-deserved holidays. So, what are you waiting for? Book now one of our stunning apartments in the heart of Ortigia!


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