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Sicily

This is probably the most unique and bizarre beach anywhere. The Scala dei Turchi is not graced by sand or even pebbles but instead by chalk. On the coast of Realmonte in southern Sicily, a snow-white chalk cliff fifty metres high climbs towards the sky. The white giant looks like stairs leading from the sea up to the top of the cliff. According to legend, pirates whom the locals called “Turks” sheltered here from storms. Hence the name: Scala dei Turchi – Stairway of the Turks.

Scala dei Turchi

The Scala dei Turchi near Realmonte has more to offer than snow-white chalk cliffs leading like steps into the clear blue sea. The gigantic cliff is flanked by two beaches of fine sand. The water here is so clear that you can watch the fish and see the clams under water with the naked eye. In order to get there, you have to be prepared to climb the strenuous path over the cliff. But this is well worth the effort. Untouched nature and a unique view of the coast from Agrigento to Capo Rossello await the bold climber.