From the Isola del Corrente, the southermost tip of Europe, along the coast by way of Pozzallo, Marina di Modica, Sampieri, Donnalucata and on to Marina di Ragusa the beaches of this area are uniformly excellent; wide empty sandy beaches interspersed with rocky coves. The seaside towns here are populated all year round, with supermarkets and all amenities, though obviously the numbers rise hugely in the summer.
Pozzallo is an increasingly important town on the south coast, which has the port for daily crossings to Malta.
The town has grown up around the ancient tower – a grain store – and boasts a huge beach which is awarded the blue riband every year. Bustling in the summer, Pozzallo has a steady year round population with schools, supermarkets and everything you need at hand including a regular bus service to Catania and the airport.
Sampieri is a popular beach/village in the comune of Scicli. It has three large sandy beaches, and a little centro storico of fishermens’ houses. It is also home to the famous ‘Pisciotto’ – an brick factory destroyed by fire, which appears regularly in the Montalbano tv series. In the summer the population of Sampieri increases dramatically, but there is also a small year round population and it has a supermarket, bar, etc making it an ideal quiet spot for year round living. It’s less than 10 minutes to Scicli and about 15 mins from Modica and Pozzallo, and also has one of the few beachside campsites in the area.
Another fishing village in the comune of Scicli, Donnalucata has a year round population with the benefits that brings. There is a supermarket, chemist, post office and everything you need to live here out of season. There are two beaches at Donnalucata, both ideal for children, and they are connected by the lungomare which features heavily in the Montalbano tv series. Only a few minutes from Marina di Ragusa to the west and Scicli to the east, Donnalucata is a much underestimated spot. It has a little port for the fishing boats, an excellent fish market and a truly Sicilian feel. It now has numerous restaurants, mainly fish based, and a thriving summer season.