Italy is famous for many things – food, style, art and architecture, amongst other things, but we mustn’t overlook their world-class beaches. Whether you’re looking for a charming fishing village, intimate coves, small atmospheric beaches or stretches of rugged coastline, Italy can meet your desires.
Italian travel specialist Citalia has over 85 years of expertise with personal knowledge about hidden gems, breathtaking beauty spots and offers tailor-made holidays for your specific requirements. They have been awarded ‘Best Tour Operator to the Italian Peninsula’ for six consecutive years and we have taken a look at some of their hand-picked suggestions for Italy’s Best Beaches.
CHIA BEACH, SARDINIA
With over 1800 kilometres of coastline, Sardinia boasts some idyllic spots, but Chia Beach in the south of the island is one of the finest. With light sandy bays surrounded by turquoise sea, it’s a beach-lovers paradise. Although busy on weekends during peak summertime, tourists tend to head to the more mainstream beaches, allowing it to retain its charm. At 750 meters long and up to 90 meters wide, Chia Beach is a popular choice for surfers. It’s also a good area to see dolphins swimming and the nearby lagoon is a famous flamingo breeding ground. Sand dunes and beautiful juniper trees surround the beach, adding to the appeal. Nearby the Chia Laguna Resort offers a complimentary shuttle service to access the beach. Learn more about it HERE.
FURORE & ARIENZO BEACHES, AMALFI COAST
The Amalfi Coast is legendary for its unique coastal towns which have attracted the rich and famous whilst keeping its sense of charm and nostalgia. Its beaches are small and exclusive and Fiordo di Furore is probably one of the most recognizable in the world. Just 25 metres long and famously located in a rocky gorge, it’s overlooked by a timeless arched bridge, which is the platform for an international diving competition. Furore Beach is huddled halfway between Amalfi and Positano and is surrounded by picturesque pastel-coloured fishermen’s cottages.
Further down, Arienzo is a good choice for Positano, with a south-west facing beach that attracts the Sun all day long. Rest on a sunlounger enjoying the deep turquoise sea or take a peek at the dazzling beachfront villas.
Citalia has a 10-night twin centre Amalfi Coast holiday to Conca dei Marini and Positano, staying for five nights at the three-star plus Hotel La Cona Azzurra in Conca dei Marini, on a B&B basis, and five nights at the three-star plus Hotel Royal Positano, on a Half Board basis. Included are private resort transfers, UK airport lounge passes and return flights from London Gatwick with EasyJet. Call 01293 831 970 if interested or visit www.citalia.com
SAN VITO LO CAPO, SICILY
San Vito Lo Capo is a small town located in a valley between dramatic mountains in North-Western Sicily and is in the province of Trapani. The three-kilometre stretch features shallow waters and is a popular area with climbers. It is also home to numerous caves. The beach is located next to the vibrant town with many restaurants and interesting shops. Hotel Baglio La Porta di San Gerardo is the perfect location for exploring the town, beach and coastline on a self-drive holiday around Sicily.
Citalia has a seven-night Sicily twin-centre holiday to San Vito Lo Capo and Cefalu on offer from £1,089 per person. Staying for three nights at the four-star Baglio La Porta Di San Gerardo in San Vito Lo Capo, on a B&B basis, and four nights at the four-star Hotel Fiesta Garden Beach in Cefalu, on an all-inclusive basis. This also includes seven nights Hertz car hire, UK airport lounge passes and return flights from London Gatwick with Ryanair. Based on 17 May 2018 departures. Call 01293 831 970 to book or visit www.citalia.com.
PUNTA PROSCIUTTO BEACH, PUGLIA
Puglia is home to some of Italy’s best beaches and Punta Prosciutto Beach is no exception. It is one of only 20 protected marina areas in Italy, with golden sand dunes up to 8 metres high and beautiful clear green waters. Although there are a small number of bars and sun lounge areas, this beach remains reasonably quiet, with the exception of the high-season period when crowds may flock.
A 40-minute drive south from Lecce means that it’s a little off the traditional UK tourist trail, yet within easy reach on a day trip from the historic baroque city.
Citalia has an eight-night twin-centre holiday to Lecce and Ostuni, from £945 per person. Staying for four nights at the five star Risorgimento Resort in Lecce, and four nights at the four-star Ostuni Rosa Marina Resort, both on a B&B basis. Also included are eight nights Hertz car hire, UK airport lounge passes and return flights from London Gatwick with EasyJet. Based on 4 September 2018 departures. Call to book on 01293 831 970 or visit www.citalia.com.
TROPEA BEACH, CALABRIA
Known as the ‘Coast of the Gods’, Calabria is one of the least-visited areas of Italy despite being one of the most picturesque and breathtaking. Located beneath the Santa Maria dell’Isola monastery, Tropea Beach offers Caribbean-style white soft sands surrounded by spectacular mountain views and historic buildings. Due to its raised position over the ocean, it was a key location for the Romans, Normans and was even mentioned in Greek Mythology.
The streets of the historic centre are a network of paths that lead to shops, restaurants and arts and crafts stores. The pace is slow yet very popular on weekends with Italian tourists. It really doesn’t get more picturesque than Calabria. The town features excellent facilities and you can enjoy various watersports nearby.
Citalia offers a seven-night twin centre Calabria and Puglia holiday to Tropea and Ostuni, from £949 per person. Staying for four nights at the four-star Hotel Tirreno in Tropea and three nights at the four-star Grand Hotel Masseria Santa Lucia in Ostuni, both on a B&B basis. Also included are seven nights Hertz car hire, UK airport lounge passes and return flights from London Gatwick with Ryanair. Based on 1 June 2018 departures. Call to book on 01293 831 970 or visit www.citalia.com.
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