10 Top Secluded Beaches in Italy
Visitors from all over the world travel to the Italian coastline to enjoy the beautiful beaches. Italy has some of the most wonderful beaches which aren’t crowded with holidaymakers.
There’s a great range of secluded beaches where you can relax, enjoy the ambience of the area and have some time to yourself. Here are the top 10 Italian beaches to visit:
1. Macarro Beach, Basilicata
A firm favourite with locals, this black sanded beach is almost unknown to visitors. The Macarro Beach can be found in a small bay which looks over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Spend some time in the sun relaxing, swim in the beautiful blue water or take time out snorkelling.
Macarro is one of many seaside villages in Basilicata where the beach entices visitors from far and wide. Chill out with a cocktail from the bar or take a guided boat tour along the spectacular coast.
2. Cala Mariolu, Sardinia
Imagine azure blue water, pink pebbles, chalk hillsides covered in bright green trees and soft sandy beaches. This is what Cala Mariolu in Sardinia offers and more. Families with children can enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling or just paddling on the shoreline. Rocks in the sea appear like small islands, nature at its very best.
Cala Mariolu overlooks the Golfo di Orosei. Its name derives from the monk seal which was named by fishermen as “mariolu” or “thief” as the seals stole fish from their nets. With many caves to explore, safe shallow waters, stunning scenery and beautiful temperatures, Cala Mariolu should be a stopping off place on your yacht charter timetable.
3. Cala Luna, Sardinia
This amazing location in Sardinia has a coast of limestone along with interesting caves, coves and grottoes. About 3km away from Cala Luna are the Bue Marino Caves full of stalagmites, stalactites and rock carvings. Cala Luna stands out for its beautiful scenery, sheer cliffs and sandy beach. Italian families absolutely adore this very popular beach and you can too, if you want to get away from it all.
On Cala Luna beach and Cala Sisine there’s also a small bar as well as a restaurant. Cala Sisine is a bay that’s close by and is a great destination to visit especially when Cala Luna beach is busy during the busy season. Take a boat trip to Cala Luna beach or if you fancy a 4km hike, it’s an easy place to find.
4. Bidderosa Beach in Sardinia
There are five coves that open on to the beach forming the perfect places for privacy, quietness and solitude. The sand here appears silver in colour with red coloured rocks around. Take a walk into the pine wood to see juniper and eucalyptus trees along with the Pond of Curcurica, a protected area of natural beauty.
The Bidderosa Beach is definitely one of the very best in Sardinia. This protected beach has lots of secluded coves that have pinewood, eucalyptus and juniper trees growing close by. The contrast between the forests, the red rocks, the silver sand and the clear Med is a jaw-dropping tropical island paradise.
5. Tiordigliano Beach, Amalfi Coast
Near Positano, Tiodigliano Beach is rocky and sandy. It’s never too busy and worth the hike from the top or probably easier when you take a boat. Crystal clear waters and a wild natural landscape offer heaven on earth views of the Li Galli Islands.
You can get to this beach on the Amalfi Coast by yacht or via a rocky trail on the hillside. There are three splendid beaches at Tiodigliano which many people have said is the most beautiful place on the Sorrentine Peninsula.
6. Santa Croce Beach, Amalfi Coast.
Luxury charters cruise into the amazing Santa Croce cove on the Amalfi Coast. Two quiet and secluded beaches are ideal to explore and terrific places to relax. The beaches are divided by rocks although there is a large tunnel linking them. The larger of the two beaches has sun umbrella and sun loungers to hire plus a restaurant. It’s less busy than the Marina Grande Beach in Amalfi with backdrops of rocks and clear blue waters to swim in. See the amazing grotto
For children, the safe, warm pools between the rocks provide a haven of fun while mom and dad can chill out and relax. During your stay, why not enjoy a tasty meal at the popular beach restaurants?
7. Laurito on the Amalfi Coast
You’ll find fabulous beaches along the Amalfi Coast full of holidaymakers and locals throughout the summer. One of the best kept secrets on this spectacular coast is Laurito. What a place to recharge your batteries! See the warm sea water flow over the pebbles and sand while you can catch the sun’s rays on comfortable sun loungers.
Even though it is one of the Amalfi Coast’s most popular beaches, Laurito isn’t full of tourists. A bus stop can be found near the steep path that leads to Laurito or take a shuttle boat from the main jetty in Positano to this gorgeous beach. The boats have a red fish on the mast so you really can’t miss them.
Long ago this delightful cove was where pirates set off from to steal and pillage from large boats. Today Laurito is known for its delicious seafood, days in the sun and swimming in the surf.
8. Bagni della Regina Giovanna, Campania
This is an archaeological site situated on the Sorrento peninsula attracting visitors for many centuries. It’s an area of natural beauty and protected from the sea by huge cliffs made of limestone. Breathe in the heady perfume of orange trees and grapevines on your way to this most beautiful pool.
A luxurious charter yacht is the best way to reach the Campania area of southern Italy. The hidden cove of Bagni della Regina Giovanna can be found here. Admire the rocky slopes, rock pools, warm blue waters and the mind-blowing archway connecting the lagoon to the sea itself.
It's the perfect place to moor a superyacht, do some snorkelling in the Med, then have a delicious picnic on the beach. What could be better?
9. Dino Island, Praia a Mare, Calabria
Close to the beautiful town of Praia a Mare on the Citrus Coast of Italy is the historical Dino Island. Rich in history, its beauty surpasses all around it. With stunning cave grottos that reflect a blue glow from the water, Dino Island has prime position on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There’s a huge cave called Grotta Azzura (Blue Grotto) while another Grotta Gargiulo is almost submerged going down 18m below the level of the sea.
You’ll find pretty flowers and unique fauna here like gulls, birds of prey and migratory birds. In the turquoise waters watch out for octopus, grouper and amberjack.
10. Riserva Dello Zingaro, Sicily
The Riserva Dello Zingaro is located in breath-taking Sicily. Set in a protected area, it’s known for its beautiful bays, ruggedness and charm.
This amazing 7km coast in the Gulf of Castellammare offers pristine white sandy beaches, blue waters, picturesque mountains and spectacular steep sided cliffs. It’s the ideal place to relax on the white sandy beaches. You’ll also find rare flora here and unique fauna. Watch out for birds of prey like the common buzzard, peregrine falcon and the common falcon. Explore the museums, meandering pathways, shelters or take a picnic to one of the designated picnic areas.
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