Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

Its been months since I’ve posted anything.  Work is so busy these days, I barely have time to look up as I’m focused on building clientèle for a new sales position.  But working so hard in the dead of winter and trying to stay warm in temperatures that had dropped below -30’C last week has me pining for the beaches of Sicily.

I still have some blogs and video to finish of our month in Sicily which was the crescendo to our return to reality.  As the temperatures rose dramatically and the sea warmed up like bath water it was the perfect finish to spend a month lounging seaside on some of the most spectacular beaches we have ever been too. Wish I was there now!

At Scala dei Turchi, Sicily
At Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

One such place along the coast of Realmonte was Scala Dei Turchi (Stairs of the Turks) in southern Sicily, Italy.  It’s a beautiful limestone formation of staircase shaped rocks that rise from the base of a lovely, albeit busy beach. The natural stairs loom over the crystal blue waters below making it the perfect place to sit and gaze outwards to the sea while contemplating life’s blessings. 

Parking can be an issue here in the height of summer as is the case with most of Sicily and Italy for that matter.  We found space at a large parking lot across the street from a view point and they provided a ride in a golf cart down to the entrance of the beach which was also the entrance to restaurant ‘Lido Scala dei Turchi’. It was hotter than Haiti’s as temperatures approached 40’C and the beach was crowded so we decided to take in the site first and then headed to the beach in Porto Empedocle where we spent the rest of the day lounging and swimming.

The Beach at Scala dei Turchi
The Beach at Scala dei Turchi

You can reach Scala dei Turchi by car from Agrigento heading towards Porto Empedocle.  There is a parking lot in front of the Lido Baia dei Turchi or continue up to the top of the hill where we found a lot.  If you are coming by public transport you can get here by train getting off at Agrigento Central Train Station, go to the bus station in Piazzale Rosselli and take the bus going to Realmonte.  Once in Realmonte there is a shuttle service to Scala dei Turchi.

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily
Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

We had a lovely day at Scala dei Turchi and the beach at Empedocle taking in the spectacular views and warm waters.  Watching our video (click on the photo/link at the top of the page) and the sounds of the beach takes me back, all I need to do is put on my Speedo, turn up the heat and close my eyes! Could someone get me a Peroni!

The beach at Porto Empedocles
The beach at Porto Empedocles

Tantalizing Taormina and our stay in Pozzillo

Chiesa di San Giuseppe, Taormina, Sicily
Chiesa di San Giuseppe, Taormina, Sicily

Our stay in Milazzo was awesome and we were sad to leave but excited to be heading to the famed tourist area of Taormina, Sicily. We decided to stay in the nearby town of Pozzillo, tucked away from the tourist zones it is a picturesque fishing village surrounding a small harbor with stunning views of the coastline from Taormina to Catania.

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Memorable Milazzo and the area of Messina, Sicily

Capo Milazzo, Sicily
Capo Milazzo, Sicily

After leaving Cefalu in the morning we drove along the coast to the northeast tip of Sicily for our stay in the city of Milazzo, Sicily.  At first, we were a bit underwhelmed with the industrial look of the city and its busy commercial port but once we dug a little deeper we fell in love with this less notable Sicilian town. It is however known as a great base to explore the Aeolian Islands with daily cruises leaving from its downtown port everyday but there is so much more to be had here.

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Charming Cefalu- it’s beaches and ancient city

The beach old town in Cefalu, Sicily
The beach and old town in Cefalu, Siciliy

Good Morning Sicily! We awoke from our first night in Campofelice di Rocella and it was already getting hot early in the morning, we were having a spell of high 30’s/low 40’s but luckily our bedroom had air-conditioning or we would have melted. We couldn’t even leave the windows open at night because we were surrounded by orchards and all kinds of creepy crawlies that would try to make their way in despite having screens on some of the windows.  Janet would spray the perimeters each night with insecticide and in the morning I’d have to sweep the carcasses away before she got up so she wouldn’t see what was trying to bunk down with us.  If she saw the bodies she’d be screaming all the way to the nearest Hilton and that wouldn’t be good for our budget.

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Spectacular Sicily- our month long tour circling the island.

The harbor in Milazzo, Sicily
The harbor in Milazzo, Sicily

We spent an incredible month, actually 5 weeks slow traveling around the entire island of Sicily.  We had a lot of time so it was a real luxury to be able to pace ourselves, to dig deep into the Sicilian culture, to see the whole island, to live like a local and truly experience a lot of what it had to offer.  

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