Isola Bella

Isola Bella, Taormina: Address, Isola Bella Reviews: 4/5

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Taormina is a region that is rich in natural beauty and scenic beaches, especially Isola Bella that means "the beautiful island."
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VinnyP1
London, UK443 contributions
Couples
Taormina is gorgeous and it all grew up around the beach. This "Island" is reached from the beach along a small sand bar. The issue is like the beach it's about its proximity to Taormina rather than any intrinsic attraction.
The Island is only accessible for a 10m stretch of sand which like the rest of the public beach areas is sought after so is a patchwork of people on towels. Umbrellas are banned. It is a nature reserve and should be accessible via the museum. That seems permanently closed with no details of when it will reopen in May 2022. During the high season crowds will be an issue.
Written May 25, 2022
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,454 contributions
This is an iconic tourist trap accessed via the cable car and then a step set of steps. You have a choice of walking along the pebble beach or staying for the day in which case you may want to pay for a beach club. Everywhere is packed with sunbathers. There is an isthmus to the island but I was covered with about 5cm of water when we visited. You can take your shoes off and paddle to the island although access is severely restricted to a few square meters. Best to sit at one of the bars and enjoy the view.
Written June 11, 2022
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feherp88
Budapest, Hungary455 contributions
Couples
Amazing beach with wonderful view. Highly recommended to visit. You can access via stairs or with Funivia from the city of Taormina. Be prepared there is only sporadic bus ride from/to Taormina train station if you don't access via Taormina.
Written September 22, 2021
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James T
London, UK10 contributions
Couples
My wife enjoyed touring the house on the island and a dip in the small bay. I found the whole experience existentially alienating. This is a small rock beach overcrowded with people shuffling around trying to find a square metre or two to lower their behinds onto the stony ground inches from the next pair of buttocks. Meanwhile tourist boats circle like sharks looking to bite a chunk out of your wallet in exchange for a puffy ride around the bay and the bars on the beach are like the economy section of a cut price airplane stuck on the runway - people packed like sardines shouting in vain for service and filling the place with the scent of desperation. They’ve come because the place seems a romantic idyll only to discover that Satre was right: l’enfer c’est les sutures. My advice : read about the place 100 years ago. It is a place much better imagined in the mind than in reality. And for god sake don’t go if there’s a cruiser in the local harbour.
Written October 3, 2021
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Aiwyne
Sheffield, UK28 contributions
It was a real disappointment after having unrealistic expectations from reading good reviews about it. Perhaps I should say my experience is in August and the height of “holiday season “ although there has been no school terms since February because of Covid-19. Not only was it overcrowded with towels and umbrellas in every bit of space possible, to the point one can’t find a way through the bodies, too many people leave rubbish behind. Some wear masks but it’s impossible to keep 1m apart from others. We visited the island for €4 each, although it’s a coold relief from the sun, quite few parts were closed to public for whatever reason. Needless to say we didn’t stay long.
Written August 21, 2020
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Julie K
County Durham, UK87 contributions
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A honeypot of a place. It is quite pretty with rocks covered in greenery, rock pools and bathe dipping pools and the water quality is clear and great for snorkelling. The ‘island’ is reached by a narrow short stretch of shingle sand, which also serves as a beach so expect to be stepping over people as you get there. The gardens and museum are currently closed for renovation, but you wouldn’t know it until you got to the gate. The beach itself is extremely popular and you will be lucky to get a small scrap of it to sit on. The peak season must be horrendous. The tourist pictures of it must have airbrushed out the people. There are sellers of various items (massages, beach shoes, sunglasses) plying their wares up and down the beach - some in particular quite intrusive and persistent. There are also restaurants and bars. You can hire kayaks and boat trips around the island.Access down is via a steep set of steps from the main road. If coming from the cable car, don’t take the first lot of steps you see as that takes you to the other cove which is laid out as private (restaurant) areas of the beach (the public bit is small at the end). Instead go to the main road, turn right for about 200metres and the steps down are well signed with an information sign about the nature reserve, although hiring jet skis seems a bit anathema to the whole protected area.
Written May 27, 2022
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michaelpoto4
Boston, MA89 contributions
Very nice scenery and clean water, but difficult to walk on as the rocks are literally 3-4 inches long. They sell rubber shoes (galoshes) on the beach. If you want to rent a chair under an umbrella, it costs 20 euro each. You can’t lay on a towel on the rocks as it’s too painful.
We went to a beach in Taormina called Re del Sole. It was much better, and far less crowded. You could lay on a towel comfortably as the rocks were very small and much easier to walk on. Both beaches are free to access.
Written July 18, 2022
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mervyn m
Hinckley, UK25 contributions
Crystal clear waters , lots of fish. Recommend hiring a sunbed [ £20 per day for 2 beds plus umbrella from the lido near the scuba place . Left hand side as you come down the steps.
Very stony beach but beautiful setting.
Written October 2, 2020
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garethmorgans
Caerphilly, UK113 contributions
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Absolutely stunning beach adjacent to isola bella Island which is easily accessible on foot. I was here in September 2018 and loved it so much spent most of my 9 days here relaxing on the beach. You can hire a sunbed from the beach bar for €10 a day. The beach bar serves a wide range of great food and snacks and drinks and a special mention for one of the waiters Roberto who is always welcoming providing great customer service as do the rest of his colleagues. I will be coming here again in September without hesitation
Written April 14, 2022
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EverydayOdissey
Bologna, Italy19 contributions
A paradise among the beauty of Sicilian sea. I totally advice the visit inside the Isola Bella Villa (yes it was a victorian villa with a fascinating story). They accept Apple Pay, and it is totally worth the price. You will see the change of temperature thanks to the luxuriant vegetation, and enjoy the view form the open balcony, in armony with the Island natural shape. It is like a little world of peace inside the chaos of one of the most visited beaches of Sicily (and I can get why). Unfortunately, there had been some urbanization abuses: these buildings right on the seaside are like knives to the peaceful harmony of nature. I hope and pray for the authorities to solve this problem and let the beauty if Sicily breath free like during the Greek Age
Written August 23, 2021
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