Scala dei Turchi

Discover the stunning beauty of Scala dei Turchi in the province of Agrigento, Sicily. The white marna cliffs, resembling an iceberg, create a spectacular contrast against the blue sea. Unlike other types of rock, the marna is cool to the touch, providing a refreshing sensation during hot Sicilian summers. Wind-carved and smoothed, the cliffs have natural cavities that form comfortable sun loungers, perfect for admiring the breathtaking view. From above or below the small sandy beach, Scala dei Turchi is a breathtaking sight. Thanks to its sheltered location, the beach of Scala dei Turchi was once a safe harbor for Arab pirate ships sailing to raid nearby villages. Despite the challenges of reaching it, it is now one of the most visited tourist attractions in Sicily.
Address: 37.5413° N, 13.2858° E

Tips for visiting Scala dei Turchi

The sharing of photos of this enchanting place on Instagram and other social media has led to an exponential increase in the number of visitors. If only ten years ago it was a place almost unknown to tourists, today it is literally stormed. To appreciate the beauty of the place, it is therefore recommended to avoid high season periods, especially the central weeks of August. In addition, it is best to arrive early in the morning because parking availability is very limited. The footpath to reach the beach is suitable for everyone, including children, but caution is required. Slip-resistant shoes are necessary. The water is slightly colder compared to other Sicilian beaches: it is better to know this beforehand to avoid a surprise dive!

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Beaches around the Scala dei Turchi

The Scala dei Turchi Beach is a narrow strip of sand between the cliff and the sea, it is not equipped and does not provide shade. To reach it, a long walk on the rocky steps is required, with the last stretch forcing you to walk in the water. The rocks and the seabed are very slippery, so be careful. Some people give up reaching the beach and sunbathe on the rock instead. If you do not like the idea of a long and slippery walk but still want to swim, you can admire the stunning Scala dei Turchi from above and then move to another beach. The nearest beach to Scala dei Turchi is Lido Rossello, a seaside resort 3 km from the center of Realmonte. This small sandy beach in the bay of Capo Rossello, bounded by a promontory on top of which stands a lighthouse, is very easy to reach and offers many services, including sun lounger and umbrella rental. However, in July and August, it is also quite crowded. Another fine sand beach near Scala dei Turchi is Majata Beach. Here too you will find all the services and a famous restaurant. If you are willing to travel further, you can explore the southern coast of Sicily in search of your favorite beach. Other recommended beaches include Marina di Palma, Siculiana Marina, Giallonardo, and Eraclea Minoa.

What to see around the Scala dei Turchi

Planning a trip to Scala dei Turchi and wondering what to do besides visiting the famous white cliff beach? Don’t worry, the area is full of breathtaking natural and cultural attractions, making it easy to fill a week or more with exciting activities. Just a short drive away from Scala dei Turchi is one of the greatest human-made wonders: The magnificent Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit for anyone spending time in the region and can be reached in under 20 minutes from Scala dei Turchi. While in Agrigento, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the city center, visit the birthplace of writer Luigi Pirandello, or take a stroll through the Torre Salsa Nature Reserve. If you’re up for a longer drive, the stunning archaeological park in Selinunte is just an hour away, and well worth the journey.

How to reach the Scala dei Turchi

Scala dei Turchi is located in Realmonte, a town in the province of Agrigento, less than 20 kilometers from the capital. Public transportation is not available, so renting a car is necessary. You can reach Scala dei Turchi in a few minutes by car from the center of Realmonte or from Lido di Rossello by taking the SP68. If you are coming from Agrigento, take the SS115/SS640. To reach Agrigento, you can book a flight to Trapani, Palermo, or Catania and rent a car at the airport. It takes about two and a half hours to reach Agrigento from the airport.

Updated on: 31/01/2023 23:21