Agrigento

Sicily west coast beaches

Verdura Golf, Sicily

Verdura Golf, Sicily

Back in May returning from our trip to Favignana, we found ourselves wondering around the southern coast of Sicily. Two hours drive away from Trapani we were on our way to Sciacca, place where apparently you will find one of the most spectacular (and expensive)  golf courses of Sicily, the Verdura golf club. As I don’t play golf, this was my perfect opportunity to escape carrying golf bags and pushing balls, and discovering wild  Southern side of the island. This part of Sicily is less touristic, probably because of a rougher beaches, but my god the colour of the water could not compete with anything I have seen in Sicily before.

The best know “beach” of this side is Scala dei Turchi, insanely beautiful white cliff formations, which I chose as my final destination of the day while randomly stopping at other beaches on the way.

Sciacca, Verdura golf

My first stop was Sciacca and the Verdura golf club (where I dropped off my golfer), and this was a view I was struck at the parking lot. The  colour of the water is hypnotizing, but as you can see – there’s no real traditional beach you would be expecting to spend your holidays on. Resort has wonderful outside swimming pool, which allows you to enjoy all watery pleasures without actually dipping yourself into the salty water, but you can enjoy the view.  You will need at least a golf booking, if you want to get into the  resort territory, as they take exclusivity very seriously.

Verdura Golf, Sicily

Verdura Golf, Sicily

Verdura Golf, Sicily

Verdura Golf, Sicily

Piana Grande

My second stop, while randomly following beach signs was Piana Grande, probably a kilometre long rough sandy beach with milky blue colour waters with not a single soul on it. Rough, wild, but incredibly beautiful this could be a relaxing place to spend summer morning walking along the beach and just absorbing the view.

Piana Grande, Ribera, Sicily

Piana Grande, Ribera, Sicily

Piana Grande, Ribera, Sicily

Piana Grande, Ribera, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi

Creme de la creme of my short but sweet Sunday escape ended in Scala dei Turchi – probably one of the most spectacular sites of this side of the Sicily. The white cliffs looks like stairs  or layers of cake, mesmerizing sun and visitors. During the summer, people lie on the cliffs to absorb the sun, but during a windy day in May main thought was how not to fall of them. There is a cute little secluded beach just behind the cliffs, which would set you a challenge  to get on, but would reward with fantastic view and privacy (well kind off – everybody would be staring on you from the cliffs). So yes, great place to see, but don’t get too excited to spending a week of your holidays here. There is a lovely restaurant on your way down to the cliffs, where you could refill your batteries for a climb down to the beach and walk to the cliffs.

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily

How to get there?

If you land in Trapani, drive towards Agrigento on the ss115 road, and after good hour and a half you will reach first of the beaches.  If you want to visit Scala dei Turchi, turn into Realmonte and follow the signs or sat nav to the parking above the cliffs.

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