Isola Bella beach in Taormina.

Taormina Beaches

This article will help anyone looking for info about Beaches in and around Taormina. I'll tell you where to find sandy beaches rather than pebbles or where to go Snorkeling or enjoy a sea kayaking tour. I even tell you prices and rates for beach clubs as far as I can. Most importantly, I won't make every damn beach look like a piece of heaven, but I'll be honest and tell you, if that's the case, the downside of every beach in the area.

About Taormina

Taormina is located on a rocky hill on the northeastern coast of Sicily, so the town of Taormina has no beaches. This pretty tourist village undoubtedly has Sicily's oldest and most efficient tourism industry, offering a wide range of accommodation, ranging from budget B & Bs to five-star hotels. The center of Taormina is well connected to the most famous beaches by bus service and cable car. The most visited beach in Taormina is Isola Bella. Still, I will tell you some tips on reaching other beaches that will not disappoint you.

Beaches in Taormina

1 Isola Bella di Taormina

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A view of Isola Bella beach in Taormina

Beach: Pebble-Beach club: Available - Free beach: not available - Price:€€€€

This is the most coveted and visited beach in Taormina. For a reason, the landscape as the sea is enchanting. Along this stretch of beach, there are three beach clubs (Lido) two restaurants. Boat tours to visit the Taormina coastline depart every hour. Kayaking, Snorkeling, and scuba diving are also available. The house/museum of Isola Bella can be seen every day in summer (ticket €5). Even with high tide, you can walk over the tiny pebbly strip that separates the beach from the "island," even with high tide. Even though Isola Bella is a protected marine reserve in July, August, and September, the uncontrolled massive number of people who choose this Taormina beach can be annoying, especially if you are not a crowd lover.

What to do at Isola Bella

Kayak tours, Boat trips, Scuba diving

How to go to Isola Bella beach from Taormina

Taormina cable car is the fastest, cheapest and stressless way to reach Isola Bella. There is a reliable bus service connecting Taormina city center to Isola Bella Beach.

Mazzarò Bay

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Mazzarò Beach.  Pic by Alfio Garozzo

Beach: Pebble-Beach club: Available - Free beach: not available - Price:€€€€

Mazzaro bay enclosed all the atmosphere and the idyllic landscape of the mediterranean sea. Along the pebble shore of this bay, there are two five-star hotels and 3 beach clubs. La Caravella and the Lido la Pigna offer umbrellas and sun chairs. They have two restaurants with a beautiful view of the bay. The boat departing from the north side of the bay can be a little annoying. As for Isola Bella, to get to this bay, you need to walk down a set of steps. The boat tour departing from this bay are more expensive and last less.

What to do at Mazzarò Beach

Boat trips, Stand up Paddle.

How to go to Mazzaro beach from Taormina

Taormina cable car is the fastest, cheapest and stressless way to reach Isola Bella. There is a reliable bus service connecting Taormina city center to Isola Bella Beach.

The mermaid bay (Baia Delle Sirene)

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A part of the Mermaida Bay in Taormina with the Atlantis Bay five star hotel

Beach: Pebble - Beach club: Not available - Free beach: available - Price: N/A

This stretch of Taormina's shore is less busy, the bay is stunning, and the water crystal clear. To access the mermaids bay, look for a ladder by the Atlantis bay hotel (The one with a very flamboyant dome). There is just a free beach and no bars or restaurants here, but the place is fantastic. If you bring a snorkeling kit, you can enjoy the sea bottom.

What to do at Mermaids' Bay

chill out, swim and sunbathe

How to go to the Mermaids' Bay

Once again, use the cable car or a bus to go to Mermaids bay from Taormina.

Spisone beaches

Spisone Beach

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Spisone beach, Taormina

Beach: Pebble - Beach club: Available - Free beach: Available - Price:€€€

This stretch of beach is beside the mermaid's bay, which is a few kilometers long. Along Spisone beach, there are several beach clubs serving food. The landscape is not as lovely as Isola Bella, but on the other hand, Spisone is quiet and a beach worth to be visited.

What to do at Spisone

Boat Tours, Jet ski rental.

How to go to Spisone

The car is the best option to get to Spisone. Still, suppose you have not rented a car, In that case, you can always hop on a public bus departing from Taormina or Giardini naos Train station.

Beaches around Taormina Giardini Naxos

Giardini Naxos is a small town four kilometers away from Taormina with lovely sandy beaches and some less known bays with a beautiful view of Mount Etna. Beach club's average price is less than in Taormina, and there are stretches of free beaches.

Beach by the train station

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An areial view of The train station beach in Giardini Naxos

Beach: Pebbles - Beach clubs: Available - Free beach: Available - Price:€€

Suppose you are looking for tranquility, a crystal clear sea, and a typically Mediterranean landscape. In that case, this long beach made of pebbles at the end of Giardini Naxos on the north side towards Taormina is the place for you. This beach can be reached from the road near "the Antonian Orphanage," but parking spaces are scarce. Suppose you pass the Giardini Naxos train station, after two hundred meters on the left is the "Villagonia" district. In that case, you can leave your car in one of the two car parks. Even if the parking lots are neglected, the area is safe. The beach is located on the other side of the state road; walk through the underpass to access the beach. Those who wish can choose the Porto Rico beach club, or alternatively, you can take advantage of the free beach.

What to do at the "Train station beach"

Boat trips, Snorkeling

How to get to Train station beach

Who comes from Taormina can use the bus service departing from Taormina bus terminallocated in front of the cable car. Who stays in Giardini can walk.

Piazza Municipio Beach

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Piazza Municipio beach, Giardini Naxos..

Beach: Gravel - Beach clubs: Not available - Free beach: Available - Price:N/A

This is a short stretch of coastline between the church of San Giovanni (the ugly pointed one that looks like an upside-down artichoke) and the Town Hall Square of Giardini Naxos. This part of Giardini Naxos offers small beaches, never super crowded, and frequented by locals. The sea is crystal clear, and the presence of rocks makes it one of the ideal places for Snorkeling. In this area, there are no lidos. Look for Roberto's, a restaurant with a panoramic terrace that serves delicious fish dishes at lunchtime.

What to do at Piazza Municipio beach

Boat trips, Snorkeling

How to get to Piazza Municipio beach

Who comes from Taormina can use the bus service, who stays in Giardini can walk.

 San Giovanni and San Prancrazio beach

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San Pancras and San Jhon beach

Beach: Sandy - Beach clubs: Not Available - Free beach: Available - Price:N/A

This beach near Taormina is separated from Piazza Municipio beach by a stretch of rocks of about one hundred meters. San Giovanni takes its name from the pointed church. The first access is at the "Esso" gasoline station or from a concrete ramp almost in front of the Makla bar. The last access is near the square of San Pancrazio. The stretch of beach that goes from San Giovanni to San Pancrazio is made of fine golden sand, while the seabed is shallow and ideal for swimming. There are a number restaurants.

What to do at San Pancrazio beach

Boat trips, Jet ski rental, Kayak tour

How to get to Piazza Municipio beach

Who comes from Taormina can use the bus service, who stays in Giardini can walk.

La Spiaggia di Schisò

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Schisò beach, Giardini Naxos

Beach: Sandy - Beach clubs: Not Available - Free beach: Available - Price:€€€

This is the most coveted beach in Giardini Naxos because it is made of fine sand and is quite broad. Most of the beach is occupied by beach clubs; only on the south side, there is a small strip of free beach where there are old boats or under the church of San Pancrazio on the north side. This beach is super crowded at the peak of the summer season and during the weekend.

What to do at Schisò beach

Boat trips, Jet-ski rental, volleyball

How to get to Schisò Beach

Who comes from Taormina can use the bus service, who stays in Giardini can walk.

Pirata Beach

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Pirata Beach, Giardini Naxos.

Beach: Gravel - Beach clubs: Not available - Free beach: Available - Price:€€€

In reality, this beach has various names; perhaps there is no real one used by all the inhabitants of Giardini Naxos. This small volcanic bay is enchanting, the sea is crystal clear, and you can choose whether to use the free beach or one of the two Lidos. This Giardini Naxos beach can only be reached on foot, which is never super crowded. Take the Carabinieri station a little further on the opposite side as a reference point. You will see a path made of volcanic rocks. Once you reach the sea, turn left and pass the two beaches. The lido il Pirata is one of the best in Giardini Naxos. The pasta with sea urchins is delicious.

What to do at the Pirata beach

Sunbathe, relax and enjoy the excellent food

How to get to Pirata Beach

Who comes from Taormina can use the bus service, who stays in Giardini can walk.

Recanati Beach

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Recanati Beach, giardini Naxos.

Beach: Gravel - Beach clubs: Not available - Free beach: Available - Price:€€

This beach is wide but is located outside Giardini Naxos's gulf and is not protected by a bay. The water is deep. The beach is made up of a mixture of gravel and sand; the view of Mount Etna is phenomenal. If you are looking for a beach where you can relax, drink well and eat fresh food, I recommend the "Stella Marina" beach, two deckchairs and an umbrella cost only € 10.

What to do at Recanati beach

Boat trips, Jet-ski rental,

How to get to Recanati Beach

Who comes from Taormina can use the bus service to Recanati bus station and then go to the Rg Naxos Hotel. From here, there is one of the main entrances to the beach. Who stays in Giardini can walk.

Letojianni Beach

This stretch of beach is located on the north side of Taormina in the town of Letojianni which is only five kilometers from Taormina. This beach is similar to that of Recanati, made of fine gravel mixed with sand. Here, too, the seabed immediately becomes deep. Along the beach of Letojianni there are a series of lidos, but there are also large stretches of free beach, especially on the north side of the bay.