Beautiful, unspoiled beaches where the Mediterranean meets the Ionian Sea close to the most southern point of Sicily, in the province of Syracuse. In summer Carratois becomes a meting point for many bohemién sicilians and travellers and nice parties are organized after the marvellous sunset on the two seas.
HOW TO GET THERE
Can be reached only by car/motorbike (20 minutes from Syracuse) From the hostel go right, go past the train station, via Ermocrate and go over the big roundabout towards “Noto-Avola” and all the directions (Catania included). Continue past the cemetery with a first set of traffic lights, and past the second traffic light. Keep on going straight ahead.
When you see the blue sign to Catania (on the right) slow down a bit but continue past the exit Catania, and after 100 meters take the first left (following the green sign to Gela-Noto-Avola Rosolini: it is the same road to Catania but in the opposite direction). Once on the motorway Siracusa-Noto-Avola-Rosolini, take the exit Noto. After the exit follow the signs to Pachino - Portopalo CP. On the road Noto-Pachino continue past the main entrance of Vendicari.
Once you get to Pachino, follow the signs to Portopalo di Capo Passero, a nice village with a beach. From Portopalo follow the signs to Isola delle Correnti, where you will find two sandy beaches overlooking the Ionian and the Mediterranean sea. To reach the beach Carratois (west side of the beach), you must go back for few meters and turn left on a small road.
While there do not forget to visit the delightful fishermen village of Marzamemi, where in summer and weekends locals and travellers happily mingle every late afternoon for the traditional aperitif in the main square, and then enjoy crazy alternative night parties.