Porto Palo

Porto Palo beach

The beach of Portopalo, located along the eastern coast of Sicily and about 60 km from Syracuse, is one of the most charming of Sicily with its crystalline blue sea and its landscape and natural beauty. In front of the coast, there is an island that can be reached on foot through a thin strip of sand, during the low tide periods. On one side of the beach, the remains of an ancient tuna fishery dominate the landscape. Sandy stretches with shallow waters alternate with rocky coasts and white cliffs bathed by a dream sea. In high season, the beach offers various services for tourists, restaurants and beach clubs that rent deckchairs and umbrellas. Snorkeling lovers cannot miss the cliffs of the Island of Capo Passero.


Name Portopalo di Capo Passero
Type: golden sand and rocks
Municipality: Portopalo di Capo Passero (SR)
Length: 1 km
Recommended for: everybody
Exposure: south-southeast
Services: bar, restaurant, beach equipment rentals
Access: free and equipped
Parking: free and paying
How to reach the beach: from Marzamemi proceed for about 8 km following the signs to Portopalo di Capo Passero along the road SP 84. It is possible to reach the beach of Portopalo by bus from Syracyse: for more information visit Interbus.
GPS: Lat: 36.685263, Lon: 15,139992

The seaside village and the Island of Capo Passero

Portopalo is a small marine village characterized by a varied coastline, in front of which the Island of Capo Passero stands. Being reachable on foot through the thin sandy path that connects it to the mainland at low tide, the island offers several spots to explore, such as the old remains of the Tonnara and the Fort of Capo Passero, dating back to 1583. Very striking are the sea caves that characterize the rocky part of the island, including the “Grotta del Polipo”. This side can only be reached by boat. On the promontory next to the beach, the remains of the ancient Tonnara of Capo Passero stand out and, a little further up, there is the Castello Tafuri, built in 1935 by the family Bruno di Belmonte, the last owners of the Tonnara. The Liberty-style castle had several owners and remained closed for many years. After being restored, today it has been transformed into a luxury summer residence.