Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

Just 15 minutes from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the brilliant white and weather-formed Scala dei Turchi juts into the sea off Sicily’s southern coast. The rock is a perfect diving board for beach-goers and irresistible for photographers. Accessible after a short walk along the beach (video), it’s also an easy climb (video): flip flops and a bathing suit will do just fine.

Scala dei turchi w people myriapod flickr


The name translates as Turkish Steps, and indeed there is a striking resemblance to Pamukkale, Turkey. However the explanation on this website (in Italian) on the history of the name is that the Scala dei Turchi was the place Arab pirates, locally referred to as “turks”, anchored their boats out of the wind while they pillaged the surrounding area.

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Getting There

The Scala dei Turchi beach is in Realmonte, just an hour fromPalermo,an hour from Piazza Armerina and 15 minutes from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. More specifically, it’s at 37°17’31″N 13°28’13″E

Scala dei turchi albyf1948 flickr


Top photo by Myriapod; middle photo by Giuseppe Finocchiaro; bottom photo by Albyf1948;   

Italy map with scala dei turchi


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Posted by on Nov 23, 2009 in Sicily | 6 Comments


  1. traveller
    January 29, 2011

    Everybody loves to travel. For many people it may be a hobby, for others, it may be for leisure purpose and get a break from their daily routine lives. One way to make your travel memorable and enjoyable is by being accompanied by some of your family members, especially children.

  2. Sicily's sea off
    February 7, 2011

    Beautiful, and so refreshing to see something so different in direction from the typical fashion shoot!
    It is good if children accompany our travel so that we can enjoy much more..

  3. Tom Berlin
    April 8, 2011

    I just returned from a trip to the Scala dei Turchi, WOW !!! As a photographer, I never wanted to leave.

  4. Addicted2Italy
    February 15, 2012

    Wow, I’ve been to the Valley of the Temples many times, and to Palermo many times, but I’ve never heard of the Scala dei Turchi. I’ll have to go next time I go to Sicily. It looks beautiful. It almost looks like the salt production fields in Marsala.

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    January 13, 2016

    […] der Stadt selber waren wir nicht, sondern haben uns auf den Parco dei templi und die Scala dei turchi […]

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    September 16, 2018

    […] have never seen a beach quite like this. Scala dei Turchi is more than just sand and water. Large masses of limestone emerge directly from the water and […]


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