The little islands

The sea of Sicily is one of the most beautiful and clean in the whole Europe.

The Island is chiefly characterized by sandy beaches with a presence of rocks especially from Catania to Giarre.

In fact there’s a rock formed by lava flows that, over thousands of years, have reached the sea.

Almost the entire coastline is public, even if there are several private facilities providing lazy chairs, umbrellas a fine dining and entertainment.

There is, in short, a well organized sea-tourism industry.

Not to talk of the extraordinary abundance of accommodation and touristic facilities in general.

Besides the main Island, the region also boasts a number of smaller islands, which often form a real archipelago, while sometimes they are mere rocks. They are:

To the North (from Messina to Palermo)

  • - Aeolian Islands, inhabited (Salina, Lipari, Vulcano, Stromboli, Strombolicchio, Panarea, Basiluzzo, Lisca Bianca, Filicudi, Alicudi).
  • - Aeolian Islands, uninhabited (Strombolicchio, Basiluzzo, Lisca Bianca) almost rocks.
  • - Ustica
  • - Island of the Females, uninhabited.


  • - Aegadian Islands, inhabited (Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo)
  • - Aegadian Islands, uninhabited (Maraone, Formica where only a rehabilitation centre exists)
  • - Isola dello Stagnone (Isola Grande, Mozia or San Pantaleo, La Schola, Santa Maria), all uninhabited except for Mozia which is an important tourist destination since it is an extraordinary archaeological site, primarily, Phoenician.


  • - Pelagie Islands (Lampedusa, Linosa, Lampione, it uninhabited)
  • - Pantelleria

To the East (from Messina to Syracuse)

  • - Isola Bella, uninhabited, but once it was a magnificent patrician villa
  • - Archipelago of the Cyclops (Isola Lachea, Faraglione Grande or of Santa Maria, Faraglione di Mezzo, Faraglione degli Uccelli) all uninhabited and huge rocks, except the Isola Lachea uninhabited but with nature trails inside.
  • - Isola dei Porri, uninhabited
  • - Ortigia, UNESCO world heritage, the true home of Greek Syracuse, connected to the city via a short bridge
  • - Isola di Capo Passero, uninhabited, there is a fortress and an abandoned tuna trap
  • - Isola delle Correnti, uninhabited, in front of Capo Passero, the southern tip of the Sicilian triangle, There is a lighthouse.

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