We went throughout Sicily, looking for handicap-accessible beaches to enjoy a beautiful holiday by the sea, with a barrier-free and high-quality reception.
Let’s start from the Spiaggia Zero Barriere in San Vito Lo Capo, in the area of Trapani , a charming seaside town, whose beaches remind of the Caribbean ones because of their white sand and crystal clear water. Sometimes, the sand turns out pink on the shoreline because of the presence of shards of corals.
Here, some proper runways and platforms are available in order to move safely.
You can find special aquatic wheelchairs with rubber wheels (J.O.B.), and a dedicated staff is ready to respond to everyone’s needs.
Thanks to the project M.I.A. (Sea Integration Accessibility), the major Sicilian seaside resorts have been able to equip their shores and provide a well-organized bathing assistance service.
In Agrigento the public beach is in front of the Holiday Park area.
In Milazzo, in Messina area, the beach La Fenice, run by the Association of the same name, organizes many cultural activities. In the same area, the public beach of Sant’Agata di Militello, lying in Giancola neighborhood, is provided with a walkway that connects the parking area to the shore, a gazebo and some reserved car parks.
In Capo d’Orlando (Messina) there are several accessible beaches, including the beaches of Piazzetta del Borgo San Gregorio, Klaxon and Miramare along the Lungomare Andrea Doria
The recently opened beach No Limits-beyond the wall, located along the Lungomare Ligabue (in proximity to Ciurma della Tartana), provides spaces properly equipped with high sunbeds and J.O.B. chairs. The admission is free both for disabled users and accompanying persons.
In Ragusa and its surroundings there are several accessible beaches, such as Margarita Beach and Laola Beach in Marina di Ragusa, La Capannina, La Duna del Re, the Circolo Velico Anemos in Scoglitti, and last but not least Pietrenere beach in Pozzallo.
In Siracusa the initiative “Sicilia and Siracusa beach for everyone” cares about projects for a hospitality more and more accessible and environmentally sustainable throughout the Island
Siracusa is an ideal destination due to its many shores and beaches: Arenella and Aeronautica dell’Arenella , Camomilla Beach and Fontane Bianche, Sayonara and Nuovo in Fontane Bianche, the beach of Portopalo di Capopassero, and the public beach in Marina di Priolo.
In Mondello, an old fishing village in Palermo, there is the Ombellico del Mondo beach club – every year with a larger number of walkways – where you can also be followed by skilled, swimming, Paralympic instructors.
Also in the list, we mention the Ciammarita beach of Trappeto, in the province of Palermo, Trapani direction.
We have reported only a few resorts, but an updated list is provided annually by the association Sicilia Turismo Per Tutti (Facebook), which since 2014 works to enable the creation of an increasingly accessible and environmentally friendly hospitality throughout the whole Sicilian territory.
To find out more addresses, contacts and specific information, look at the chart below which reports more than 70 Beach Clubs, (more than 20 are public), all equipped with the main facilities to enter the water and move into the water with JOB chairs, and provided with aids visual and tactile platforms to move independently and enjoying the beach.