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10 Must Visit Beaches in Italy

Sardinia Italy Beach | Tour Italy Now

Italy boasts some of the most amazing beaches, exotic islands as well as long stretches of glittering sand. Hence, the Italian Coast is one of the best choices for tourists looking for a tropical holiday. Spend hours while relishing the azure water, sample the local cuisine, engage in water sports or just relax, these beautiful beaches have it all.

Look at our list of the 10 most spectacular beaches in Italy where you can plan your next holiday.

Cala Goloritze, Sardinia

Cala Goloritze, Sardinia | Tour Italy Now

Cala Goloritze is one of the most alluring Sardinian beaches located right at the base of a ravine on an idyllic coastline. This beach was naturally created after a landslide hit the region in 1962. It is tiny but that doesn’t make it less beautiful. The beach of Cala Goloritze features two natural yet unique structures, a jagged stone-arch and a towering pinnacle that enhances the charm of this place. The soft ivory sand, white pebbles, crystal blue waters, and the limestone cliff gives you enough reasons to visit this beach at least once in life. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Zagare, Puglia

Zagare, Puglia | Tour Italy Now

With only 30 visitors every day, Zagare is one of the quietest beaches in Italy. It is named after the Zagare flowers that were gifted to the brides to decorate the wedding gown. The sparkling Adriatic Sea brushing against the golden powdery sand greets visitors with its visual charm. There are two natural rock formations that dramatically rise out from the water a few miles from the shore. The beach of Zagara is surrounded by a limestone cliff overlooking the sea that adds up to its wild beauty. Here the water is crystal clear with shades of blue and green, where visitors can relax or swim in the glistening water.

Marina Grande, Positano

Marina Grande, Positano | Tour Italy Now

If the greenish-blue water of the Italian beaches weren’t enough to satisfy the beach lover within you. Positano’s Marina Grande Beach has a lot more to offer. It is popularly known as the ‘Hollywood Beach’ because there are chances of getting a glimpse of a celebrity. The jagged cliffs surrounding the beach are dotted with pastel-hued houses that look straight out of the wonderland. The 300 meters long coastline is swathed with dark sands and lure nature enthusiasts who want to embrace the dramatic beauty of this region. Blue and orange colored lounge chairs with umbrellas are tidily arranged and the spot never really looks crowded. However, make sure to visit this beach early in the morning so that you can reserve one for yourself. The area is also packed with exotic cafes and restaurants with sweeping beach views.

Camogli, Liguria

Camogli, Liguria | Tour Italy Now

Take the road less traveled and head to Camogli Beach, a favorite spot for the locals. Originally, Camogli was a quaint fisherman’s village with ancient maritime traditions. The glorious pebbly beach is filled with brightly colored umbrellas during summer. Just sit here and watch the big wave crash against the coastline. The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta stands right next to the beach and the big mountains can be seen rising behind it. Enjoy the sight of the setting sun, snack on fresh red mullet and take diving lessons, Camogli Beach has it all.

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily | Tour Italy Now

The rocky cliff of Scala dei Turchi is blessed with a picturesque sea beach just at its base. Commonly known as the ‘Stairs of Turks’, it is said that during the ancient time Arab pirates anchored their ship here while raiding the nearby areas. In stark contrast to the dark grey cliff, the fine powdery sand and the azure ocean water is a stuff of dreams. The beach and the surrounding landscape make Scala dei Turchi simply irresistible for photographers. If you want to experience Italy beyond the obvious, Scala dei Turchi is the place where you should head to.

Cala Capreria, Sicily

Capreria, Sicily | Tour Italy Now

Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro overlooks 6 kilometers of gorgeous coastline between the quaint towns of Scopello and Castellammare. Untouched by commercialization, this piece of land is extraordinarily beautiful. The rocky cliff, the blue waters and the small pebbles scattered all around can keep you enthralled for hours. Make sure to visit this beach if you have ever fantasized about embracing tranquillity in a remote location. Explore the small caves and keep an eye out for colorful fish that can be often spotted here. Indeed, Capreria Beach is paradise and the perfect snorkeling destination.

Mezzavalle, le Marche

Mezzavalle, le Marche | Tour Italy Now

Mezzavalle Beach is a slice of heaven that is nestled in the heart of Conero. This stunning coastline is wild and pristine. Hence, it is a favorite spot for the locals and intrepid travelers. If you want to take your beach holiday to the next level, climb up the top of a cliff and soak up the spectacular sea views from above. Take a refreshing dip in the turquoise water and immerse in the laidback beach vibe. There is also a small restaurant on the beach that serves the most sumptuous delicacies and Italian wine. The unspoiled Mezzavalle is perfect for couples who are looking for some privacy and does not care much about beach facilities.

Marasusa Beach, Calabria

Marasusa Beach, Calabria | Tour Italy Now

Wide open to the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Sea, Marasusa Beach is often regarded as the crown of Calabria. The scenic cliffs leading straight into the beach and the sparkling white sand spilling into the tranquil water is a feast to the eyes. Marasusa is one of the cleanest Italian beaches that are known for its striking uniqueness. You can either swim or sunbathe and if you are looking for some thrill, go for diving or climb up the cliff. The area is dotted with ancient buildings and cozy cafes where you can experience the typical South Italian lifestyle.

Isola Bella Beach, Sicily

Isola Bella Beach, Sicily | Tour Italy Now

Isola Bella offers the classic beach setting that often looks plucked from a midcentury postcard. The best part is the beach is only accessible by a cable car operating from Sicily. Isola Bella is one of the hottest destinations that offer stunning views of the Ionian Sea. Once you set foot on the beach, it greets you with turquoise clear waters, lush greenery and a picturesque landscape. It is a pebbled beach, so it is recommended to wear sturdy shoes. Relax on a sun lounger while sipping some refreshing cocktail and let the world pass by. In case you are feeling adventurous, make sure to take part in diving and snorkeling.

Cala Granara, Spargi

Cala Granara, Spargi | Tour Italy Now

Tucked in the heart of La Maddalena Archipelago, Cala Granara gives you on a tropical beach vibe. With clear crystal water wrapped in white sand, Cala Granara is a little paradise on earth. Unlike all other Italian beaches flanked by rocky cliffs, this beach is decorated with palm trees and beautiful plants. Surrender yourself to this scenic surrounding and absorb the true essence of Cala Granara. Do not forget to carry your camera because this beach offers immense photographic opportunities.

If you think these beaches are travel goals, it’s time to plan an Italian beach vacation.

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By Priscila Siano (265 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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  1. Cecilia Carvalho
    Posted June 8, 2015 at 6:20 PM | Permalink

    Oi Pricila,
    E as lindas praias da Puglia?
    Ou mesmo da Basilicata?
    Adoraria ler alguma coisa a respeito!
    Abrs
    Cecilia

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