The New York weather right now is frightful, and my mind is traveling back to this past summer, when Josh and I spent our days relaxing on the warm, sunny Sicily beaches. I never posted about our trip to Sicily, and my wish to rewind time to warmer weather has me remembering to do so!
I believe nowadays Sicily is part of Italy, and no longer considered it’s own country. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, separated from Italy via the narrow Straight Of Messina. It’s also home to Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in all of Europe.
Despite Sicily being “part” of Italy, the identity of those living there make it clear that they are Sicilian or Calabrian, and NOT Italian. In fact, Sicily has been one of the only places we faced a true language barrier!
Originally, we were set on visiting Trapani, but changed to the capital, Palermo, at the last minute. The bus system in Palermo is great and we utilized it well. Honestly, to this day, I have no idea how Josh got us around. He did a great job in not getting us lost, and if it wasn’t for him, I think I still may be sitting on a bus somewhere in Sicily.
We ventured to Sicily in search of the perfect European beach. Anything else (the history and food), was just an added bonus. We found our perfect beach not far from Palermo in the form of Mondello Beach. It was the perfect place to spend the day. Mondello Beach is a short drive from the five star resorts in Taormina, and a very quick ride from the pier (if you’re here via cruise). The blue/green water and soft sand attracted us. The shallow water kept us there. It was perfect. For some extra Euros, visitors can rent loungers and an umbrella for a more relaxing experience.
Enjoy some pictures from my favorite beach day in Sicily!
Oh Sicily, how I miss you and your warm weather!