Italy is not only the best beach destination in Europe, but there are certainly beautiful beaches in Italy. You just have to find them. And that is why we have listed the best 8 beaches in Italy for you!
Beaches In Italy:
With beautiful beaches, you naturally think of elongated sandy beaches with waving palm trees. However, most beautiful beaches in Italy are very small, there are not really many long sandy beaches, unlike other Mediterranean countries.
In Italy you have very different kind of beaches, you probably know the photos: colorful houses that are built against a steep rock face, with a small sandy beach in the foreground. Certainly, on the Flower Riviera, you will find this kind of beautiful bays with beaches. Not all of them have sandy beaches because beaches with pebbles and rocks are also common there. But if you are looking for the sandy beaches with clear water, of those places where you can spend the whole day, these are the five best tips we can give you!
1. Rabbit Beach, Sicily
Cited by many as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Rabbit Beach (Spiaggia Dei Conigli). The location is fantastic and it has white sand and clear, clean water. The clarity of the water is perfect for those who enjoy snorkeling or diving, the soft sand lends itself to long Sundays. On Rabbit Beach you can even encounter Hawksbill sea turtles, this is the beach where they lay their eggs.
2. Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is a collection of five picturesque fishing villages along the Italian Ligurian coast. The village of Monterosso has the best beaches making it a perfect place for a stop and enjoy the water.
Going out hunting is also popular in Monterosso if you fancy marine adventures while lying on the deck.
3. Castiglione Della Pescaia, Tuscany
This idyllic coastal village is the ultimate place to escape from the modern world. With ancient architecture and sights dating back to the 15th century, it’s easy to lose yourself in the history of this area. If you want to make a trip to Castiglione Della Pescaia, it is smart to book this well in advance. It is, in fact, popular in the summer months. As soon as you walk into the pristine beach with its green vegetation, you understand where the popularity comes from.
4. Spiaggia Grande, Amalfi Coast
Just like Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast has a unique combination of beautiful beaches surrounded by steep mountains. Such a beach is Spiaggia Grande in the village of Positano. This popular beach is known for its diverse options; from active water sports, making beautiful boat trips to relaxing at a beach cafe in the sun.
5. Cala Mariolu, Sardinia
The shallow waters at this popular beach in Sardinia make this beach a perfect place for families with young children. It is also a top snorkeling destination. Going to the beach can be tricky; the easiest way to reach Cala Mariolu is by boat. For adventurers, there is also a walking path that takes you to the beach.
6. San Domino, Isole Tremiti
This small island off the southeast coast of Italy has favorable diving conditions, with dozens of caves to explore. The island is so small that you can discover it on foot. Spend a day walking around San Domino, smell the pine forests that cover parts of the island and treat yourself to a nice dip in the sea at one of the beautiful beaches.
7. Mattinata, Puglia
Mattinata is a small town on the east coast of Italy, in the province of Puglia (where the heel of the boot starts). Mattinata beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, partly due to its phenomenal location. The water on this beach is clear and beautiful in color and the beach is surrounded by rocks.
Mattinata is not the only beautiful beach in this area, because there is so much to discover along this east coast. You should definitely not miss Baia Delle Zagare!
8. Tropea, Calabria
Okay one more extra: Tropea Beach in Calabria should not be missing from the list of most beautiful beaches in Italy. The location of this beach is phenomenal. The sandy beach is under a giant rock, on which colorful houses have been built. You can find Tropea all the way in southern Italy. It has not been a ‘hidden gem’ for a long time, but that does not detract from its beauty!