Top 5 Beaches to Visit in Italy This Summer

1. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Sicily

With sea the color of topaz and a bay that sits inside a sloping, rocky coastline, Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa is a special place which never fails to captivate visitors with its immense beautify. Nicknamed ‘rabbit beach’ by many who go there, it’s located in a nature reserve on the remote island of Lampedusa south of Sicily.

Loggerhead turtles return here year after year to lay their eggs in the warmth of the sands – importantly, the beach closes in the evenings to allow the turtles to return safely. This breathtaking beach may have once been voted the best beach in the world, but it is no easy feat to reach it. Access to La Spiaggia dei Conigli requires a two-kilometer scramble down rocks, but you are rewarded with a cool swim in the crystalline water. This beach might get busy with sun-worshipers and day-trippers, but once you take a splash in the glistening shallows and snorkel out to catch a glimpse of the turtles, tranquility washes over you.

2. Cala Granara, Spargi

Without the rugged, steep cliffs that are synonymous with many Italian beaches, you might think your eyes are deceiving you – but no, this isn’t some kind of tropical island. Cala Granara is a little piece of paradise tucked away on the Isola di Spargi, part of the Maddalena Archipelago. The pretty palms that scatter the shore create protection from the heat of the sun, while the powdery sands offer the ideal spot for sunbathing – the thing is, you can only reach this Italian oasis by boat.

The lack of easy access makes it all the more beautiful, remote and undeveloped. Without the usual tourist traps that often surround popular beaches, Cala Granara is able to remain an undeveloped bay, where maccia trees grow sporadically along the sand that gently slopes into the sea, and the water sparkles in the sun, revealing a spectrum of greens and blues.

3. La Pelosa, Stintino

Translucent shallow seas slowly lap the long curve of ivory sand that makes up La Pelosa Beach. This secluded Sardinian haven is just around the corner from the little village of Stintino, in Capo Falcone. At 300-meters long, La Pelosa could compete with some of the beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The beach is a popular spot for local families and groups of friends to spend days off together, which creates a fun and welcoming atmosphere.

A 16th Century watchtower, the Torre della Pelosa – which was used for defending the island – sits on rocks that jut out into the sea. Popular with divers, the sun-washed tower is an iconic landmark along this part of the coast. Make sure to get here early during the summer – this place is so beautiful that it can understandably get very busy.

4. Spiaggia del Fornillo, Positano

The Amalfi coast is famous for its delightfully divine towns that sit high above the sea on the sides of rocky cliffs. Smaller and less glamorous than neighboring beaches, Spiaggia del Fornillo is a special little beach with pretty pebbles and clear waters. Take a stroll from the buzzing beach at Positano, down a couple of steps, and slip into the unpretentious and peaceful atmosphere of Fornillo beach.

The perfect suntrap, this beach may be less crowded than others in the area, but as the sun-worshipers slip off back to their hotels, the beach bars and restaurants along the shore start to get a little livelier. Spend an evening on the beach tucking into the fresh catch of the day, sipping local wine and listening the sound of the waves on the stones.

5. Cala Goloritze, Sardinia

Small but strikingly stunning, Cala Goloritzé beach sits at the bottom of a gorge along Sardinia’s spectacular northeastern coast. Jutting limestone configurations, topped with verdant foliage, contrast with the soft white sands that tumble into the aquamarine ocean. This kind of beauty comes at a price, however.

Don’t think you can just arrive here by car or even by boat. If you’re planning on seeking out this famous beach, you are going to have to use your legs. The hike to reach this blissful Sardinian beach takes around an hour and will lead you down the rocky ravine, where you’ll be greeted with glimpses of the green-blue water. Cala Goloritzé is said to be the best snorkeling spot in Sardinia, too; take a swim around the rocks to catch sight of the many fish – just make sure not to forget your goggles!