Sitting on Sicily’s gorgeous south east coast, Fontane Bianche is a small beach resort, known for its stunning stretch of fine, white sand and dazzling blue waters. It’s a popular spot for Italians in the summer months, so expect a lively atmosphere and lots of families enjoying the sunshine. When you tire of the sun, sea and sand, why not visit historic Siracusa (Syracuse)? With an excellent array of bars and restaurants, as well as countless shops, it’s a must visit during your villa holiday in Fontane Bianche.
Further afield, there are several options for interesting day trips such as the charming Baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa. The pretty, seaside town of Marzamemi on Sicily’s southern tip also makes for a fascinating visit.
Local Markets and Shopping
There are a few mini markets a short drive outside Fontane Bianche. But, for a wider selection, head to Siracusa. Here you’ll find plenty of larger supermarkets, as well as countless clothes and souvenir shops to browse. There is also a colourful weekday market selling fresh local produce, which is ideal for stocking up on BBQ supplies. To the south, Avola has plenty of specialist shops including bakeries, butchers and wine shops, as well as vineyards where you can sample local wine.
Bars and Restaurants
A few bars and restaurants line the shores of Fontane Bianche that offer lunches, light refreshments and tasty cocktails. The resort also has a small bakery and pizzeria. For an alternative selection of dining options from casual Sicilian fare to upmarket dining, try Ortigia – a largely pedestrianised island that forms part of Siracusa.
The beach at Fontane Bianche is a beautiful, wide bay with sand that slopes gently into crystal clear waters. Rent parasols and sunbeds for the day or take advantage of the watersports on offer, such as kayaking. As a popular holiday setting for Italians, it often has a lively atmosphere and gets busy during the summer months. A rocky section to the side of the main bay provides a great spot for snorkelling.
Just north of Siracusa is Aretusa Park (high season only). This waterpark has slides of all heights, a lazy river, a pirate ship and much more! With a splash zone for babies, relaxation areas for the parents and a few restaurants too, it’s ideal for all ages. Another option for a memorable day out is a boat trip from Ortigia, Siracusa. Excursions include cruising the coastline and visiting sea caves – an exquisite way to see more of this beautiful island.
Places of Interest
Take advantage of Fontane Bianche’s proximity to Siracusa, home to ancient ruins and vibrant bars and restaurants. Walk in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans in the archaeological park or shop and dine in the attractive, bustling streets the city has to offer.
Venture south and you will find charming Baroque towns - such as Noto, with its resplendent Duomo and historic honey coloured architecture.
Continue along the coast and you will reach Marzamemi, an attractive 10th century Arabic town. Admire the pretty, colourful boats bobbing in the harbour or have lunch in the traditional town square. A few bars and restaurants are dotted along the seafront too, which are perfect for a sunset cocktail or two.
You can also visit the hilltop towns of Ragusa Ibla and Modica – each with spellbinding architecture and exceptional eateries.