Isola Bella beach

The Pearl of Sicily, a bay in the from of a crescent and a reserve

Isola Bella is a pebbly beach near the center of Taormina. It belongs to the Isola Bella Nature Reserve and is a popular place among tourists. The shore consists of pebbles, and sometimes the pebbles are mixed with coarse sand. The shape of the shore resembles a crescent. The left side is developed for tourism, the right side is more wild. Here you can get away from the annoying crowd of tourists. It's not hard to get there, the sea is clean and shallow.

Beach description

The entire shore is covered with fine pebbles mixed with larger stones and sand. For a comfortable stay you' ll need a deck chair or at least a mattress. The infrastructure is not well developed on free plots. Paid land plots belonging to hotels are equipped with everything necessary.

Paid services:

  • parasols;
  • refreshments;
  • lawn chairs;
  • showers and toilets;
  • fresh water.

The bottom of the sea is rocky, as is the entry into the water. In some places in the water there are big and sharp stones. In order not to get hurt, you need to be careful and buy special shoes for swimming. The sea is shallow, it won't be possible to dive and swim, but the water is crystal clear and the bottom is visible even in deep water areas.

The beach is very popular during the peak season, which lasts from July to September. The main audience is young people and married couples. Despite the fact that the beach is rocky, it's real delight for children. There are no depths and big waves, you can ride a banana boat, excursions to the reserve are also popular. Isola Bella Island is connected to the coast by a narrow isthmus. You can get there on foot or by boat. Entrance is for a fee, about 4 euros. The reserve attracts tourists with its picturesque vegetation, and you can also dive to the bottom of the sea with a scuba set. The beach can be reached by bus from the centre of Taormina city or by cable car.

When is it better to go

In terms of climate, the period from May to October is the most favorable for visiting Italy. The air and water temperature becomes ideal for a classic beach holiday, followed by a trip to the coast of Italy. However, it is necessary to remember that a long summer with the scorching sun, warm sea and pleasant sea breeze attracts crowds of tourists.

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You can stay in hotels located on the beachfront. There aren' t many places in the city itself, and the service isn't at a high level.

Top 3 of Isola Bella Beach hotels:

  1.  Suite Adalgisa - is located in the middle of two beaches, comfortable rooms, high level of service and stunning views from the windows of the room.
  2. Mendolia Beach Hotel - a budget option, decent service, a short distance from the beach, hotel guests have access to a private beach. The only disadvantage is the location on the main street with busy traffic.
  3. Isola Bella - is a small hotel on the island. Comfortable rooms, stunning views, high level of service.

Not far from the beach, there're decent cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops. You can choose from Italian, Sicilian and European cuisine, excellent local wine and delicious desserts.

On the shore, you can rent a motorboat, scooter, boat or canoe. There are banana boats for children, and adults can take a catamaran ride or fly a paraglider. The view from above is hard to describe in words, you have to see with your own eyes. Aside from the water transport, there are also bicycles and quad bicycles for rent. The hotel offers diving equipment for rent. Almost all hotels have spas.

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Useful information

When going to conquer Isola Bella, remember that you need special shoes. It's comfortable to have a vacation with children, the sea is shallow, there are no waves and strong winds. There is a lot of entertainment on the shore, however, in the peak season it's crowded and difficult to find a free place. The reserve is open all day – be sure to visit the museum.

Go and swim with a mask, you'll get a lot of impressions. Besides, the water in this region is quite warm compared to other beaches.

The disadvantages of Isola Bella are its location in the lowlands, so you have to go down the stairs, and it's even more difficult to go upstairs. The hotels are all upstairs, but Isola Bella is located next to the cable railway and it's possible to get up by cable car. Services on the beach are paid, unless you take everything with you. The unequipped part is not suitable for swimming, you may run into barbs or get hurt by large stones. After you get tired of the beach rest, you should wander around the city and see with the local sights.

The locals consider Isola Bella to be the pearl of Sicily. Beautiful crescent-shaped bay with crystal clear sea, picturesque surroundings and a peculiar beach that is calling tourists from all over the world.

The beach participates in ratings:

9 place in rating Italy 5 place in rating Sicily 7 place in rating TOP 20 of the most beautiful beaches in Europe 1 place in rating Messina 1 place in rating Taormina
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