Between the two seas
Where the Ionian and Mediterranean seas embrace, lies one of the most fascinating villages in all of Sicily. Portopalo di Capo Passero, in the province of Syracuse, is best known for its beaches, which will leave you with unforgettable memories. Between stretches of soft sandy coastline and rocky coves, you're spoilt for choice. Scalo Mandrie, Spiaggia delle Formiche and Playa Carratois are just some of the beaches that will offer you a dream holiday.
Only a small strip of shallow sea separates the coast of Portopalo from the Island of Capo Passero: roughly 300 metres, which you can cross on small boats or pedal boats, swim or even walk, when the tide is low. In front of you is a miniature earthly paradise, with white sand, crystal-clear sea and unspoilt nature. The only signs of human habitation are the warehouses of the old tuna factory and the Fort of Capo Passero, protected by the bronze statue of Maria Santissima Scala del Paradiso (Mary most Holy, Stairway to Heaven).
But Portopalo di Capo Passero is not just about the sea. Reach the historic centre, divided into two by Via Vittorio Emanuele, and stroll among shops, bars and restaurants where you can sample typical Sicilian cuisine.