After a lot of research into Sicily and realising there are some very expensive hot spots (such as Taormina), we stumbled across a beautiful villa located in the north-west corner of the island in a tiny hamlet called Scopello.
If avoiding tourist traps, like us, is high on your priority list whilst travelling, Scopello is the perfect place to visit in Sicily. Sitting just above the sea, there’s not a huge amount to it other than a small square with a delicious bakery and a few restaurants. What makes Scopello, however, is its picturesque swimming spot that looks like something out of a postcard.
We lazily ambled down to this spot one weekend, during which it was filled with beautifully bronzed Sicilians, elegantly diving off the cove’s rugged rocks. It was like we had entered a scene out of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Although feeling a little inadequate with our pale skin and inability to dive, we spent a lovely afternoon here, thanking our lucky stars we hadn’t shelled out a load of money to hang out with half of Europe in Taormina. It has a quintessentially Sicilian vibe, paired with a rugged yet spectacular piece of coastline and of course, many a handsome local.
So, if you’re looking for ‘real’ Sicily at half the price of the east of the island, take a look at sleepy yet perfect Scopello. It’s wonderful.