La Scala dei Turchi in the municipality of Realmonte is truly a spectacle of nature , a magical place with a curious name. The name was given to it due to the continuous pirate raids by the Turks from the 16th to the 17th century . Pirates used to land right here, an ideal place to dock, sheltered from the winds. This is also the origin of the Sicilian expression “Mamma li Turchi” to express amazement and agitation .

Tip from Topsecretsicily: You can book a boat tour in the beautiful Scala dei Turchi and surrounding beaches. The tour will also include stops so that you can relax and swim.

Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
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The beauty of this stretch of coast is given above all by the enormous white cliff, of chalky nature, which gently overlooks the sea . Other similar and equally fascinating places are always found in the Agrigento area, such as a Tip White , Heraclea Minoa And Salsa Tower .

As soon as you arrive you will easily find parking. After that it is recommended to go to the two panoramic squares (especially from the one further away from the cliff you can enjoy the best view). Then you can walk down to the beach and see this natural wonder up close.

The rules

Have respect for this magical place, for a long time tormented and victim of economic interests and overbuilding . In the past, real eco monsters were built here, now fortunately demolished. In the recent past, too, attempts have been made to build tourist resorts, in an area that should instead be protected, respected and protected, starting with the tourists themselves. Do not smear plaster on yourself, as well as hurting your body, contrary to what many believe, it is forbidden .

Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
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Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
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Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
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Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte
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Where to eat at the Scala dei Turchi

Near the vantage point you will find the Kiros fast food, a small kiosk that sells sandwiches and Sicilian snacks, but also real dishes based on fish, meat or pasta .

Not far away is the Arab restaurant Ismail, named after the friendly owner . This is the ideal place for those who want to try something new or different, which among other things honors the historical past of the Scala dei Turchi. The restaurant is decorated in an Arabic style and the cuisine is very delicious. You can find a good restaurant going down towards the beach, it is Lido Scala dei Turchi with a panoramic view and good food.

Lido Scala dei Turchi - Restaurant
Lido Scala dei Turchi – Restaurant

Top Secret Tip for the evening: Before sunset around 18: 30/19: 00 go to the local Belvedere Kainon, which is located near the Rossello Lighthouse, on a promontory with a magnificent view . Here you can have a good aperitif in an original place surrounded by nature and enjoy a wonderful view and sunset. The restaurant can be reached by car and is only about 5 minutes from the Scala dei Turchi. However, it is recommended to book .

Belvedere Kainon, Capo Rossello, Sicily
Kainon lookout point
Belvedere Kainon, Capo Rossello, Sicily
Kainon lookout point
Belvedere Kainon, Capo Rossello, Sicily
Panorama from the Kainon Belvedere
Belvedere Kainon, Capo Rossello, Sicily
Sunset
Belvedere Kainon, Capo Rossello, Sicily
View of the coast

Activities loved by tourists in the surrounding area or in Sicily in general

Interactive map of the Scala dei Turchi

To locate yourself once in the area, click on the enlarge symbol at the top right of the map.

Typical dishes of the area

Here you find the typical products of the province of Agrigento , of which Realmonte is part.

Here instead i typical Sicilian dishes.

What to see around the Scala dei Turchi

Realmonte is part of the province of Agrigento, here you will find listed the places to visit ad Agrigento and surroundings .

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