Located between Realmonte and Porto Empedocle, in the Agrigento area, Scala dei Turchi is one of a kind in Italy: it is not a beach but a cliff, a dazzling white cliff, slowly carved by the wind and the sea. According to legend, it was once a shelter for Turkish ships plundering along the Sicilian coast from here. To get to the beach you have to pass along a natural staircase carved into the limestone. All around are sheltered coves.
Among all stairways you have ever seen, this is definitely one of the most unusual. You have probably already realized that this is not a real ladder, but a spectacular stretch of coast that thanks to its peculiarity has become an icon of the Sicilian seaside tourism.
Getting there: You can reach the Scala from the SS 115 and then the main road n.68 from both east crossing Realmonte and from west across Porto Empedocle.
Bus: from Porto Empedocle during summer you will find a city service to reach the Scala.
Parking: Pay and display parking is available, it is better go early in busy periods.
Equipped Beaches: Along the beach near the Scala there are two well-equipped facilities for dining and bathing.