Sicilia, amore mia! Part 2 – Taormina and her surroundings: Sun, sea and sand

Looking out of the plane’s window, one begins to be amazed by the beauty of the blue waters of the Mediterranean sea and the coastal landscape of  Palermo as the plane begins her descent.

Moving onto Giardini-Naxos and Taormina on the other side of the island, spectacular views of the Ionian sea with the long stretch of white sandy beaches, dotted by colorful beach umbrellas and the clear blue sky await you.

Pretty umbrellas spread on the beach ... against the blue sky with white clouds

Whether you are at the top of Taormina or right down by the sea at Giardni-Naxos, you will get to enjoy the coastal views  in their own right that exudes a different aura at various times of the day.

Dawn at Giardini-Naxos is pure serenity

After a day of tanning at the beach, sipping a glass or 2 of cocktails and occasionally dipping into the inviting sea water, play up your sun-kissed tan by putting on something nice looking like a Greek goddess for an evening out along the beach at Giardini-Naxos.

Take a stroll, enjoy the evening breeze and join the Italians  in standing along the beach-front chatting animatedly with their loved ones. End the evening by having dinner at one of the many good trattorias and unwind with good company at a local pub along the beach-front. If you are lucky, you might catch beautiful fireworks around mid-night from the heights of Taormina and Castelmola!

A lovely moonlit night by the beach of Giardini-Naxos, with the little fishing boats on the beach

If you are looking for a brief respite from the crowds of sun-worshipers at popular beaches near Palermo, head westwards to the beaches nearby Taormina!

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