Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular beach resort towns, but the town itself is high above the water. The closest beaches are in the Mazzaro area, just below Taormina.
The Lido Mazzaro is a beautiful stretch of beach between two rocky promontories. The famous Isola Bella is on one side of the bay - you can walk to the tiny island at low tide via a sand bar, which gets covered at high tide. On the other side of the bay is a sea cave called the Grotta Azzurra - Blue Cave - in which the water glows in the sunlight.
Like many beaches in the area, Mazzaro is a pebbly beach rather than sandy. Its proximity to Taormina makes it among the most popular beaches along this stretch of the Sicilian coastline, and there are parts of the Lido Mazzaro that are free as well as others for which visitors pay a daily fee to get access to an already-set up beach chair and umbrella.
Those who aren’t spending a whole day at the beach can still enjoy the sights and sun of Lido Mazzaro. There are several boat tours along the Taormina coastline that include this pretty beach as well as interesting geologic formations such as the Grotta Azzurra.
One of the things that makes Lido Mazzaro so popular among people staying in Taormina is access. The cable car connects central Taormina with the beach easily - it’s a 15-minute ride one-way.