One of the most enjoyable parts of living on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, is exploring all of the different beaches: the rocky black lava of the Cyclops coast, the pebbly beaches of Giardini Naxos, the beach balls of Vendicari, the stunning sunsets in Mozia, the dramatic Turkish steps, and even those beaches which are fringed with debris. They are all wonderful and enticing in their own ways, but a few weekends ago, we happily landed upon one of the very best beaches we have experienced during our time in Sicily. A quiet, sandy cove with several clusters of campgrounds, Punta Bracceto was perfect for our little gathering of families.
The kids spent the entire weekend dipping and dashing in the gentle waves. And when they weren't in the ocean, they were furiously digging an enormous hole. The adults spent the weekend chatting, reading, and admiring the incredibly clean beach (we were all pleasantly shocked to see actual recycling bins along the beach). The little cabins (more like little mobile homes), were new and comfortable. The daily visits from the vegetable man and the baker were delicious and convenient. The Scarabeao Camping staff were very helpful in organizing an very tasty dinner at a local seafood restaurant. But most of all the weekend was just plain fun. We all found ourselves wishing we had stumbled upon this little gem sooner.
In addition to the beachy delights, Punta Braccetto is also within easy reach of Donnafugata Castle, the Kamarina ruins, and the very lovely Ragusa Ibla. And speaking of Sicilian gems, did you happen to see this last week? Looks as if we aren't the only ones who continue to be charmed by this place. We will certain miss island living.