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