Punta Secca has the inquisitive Inspector Montalbano to thank for placing this coastal town firmly on the tourist map. Fans of the detective may like to take a photo in front of his home as used in the TV adaptation, near Punta Secca’s pretty seafront.
A traditional fishing village, Punta Secca will let you experience a typical Sicilian way of life and offers a relaxing holiday base when you book a holiday villa in Sicily. Laze on the golden, sandy beach by day and enjoy the delights of local restaurants at night.
Heading east along the coast is Marina di Ragusa, another holiday town with markets, beach clubs and plenty of dining options. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Scicli, Modica and Ragusa are also within easy reach, with beautiful Baroque architecture and stunning viewpoints.
There are some local specialist shops within Punta Secca, and nearby Casuzze, including a bakery and a butchers. You’ll also find a small supermarket for those daily essentials and larger supermarkets can be found in Santa Croce Camerina, just a 10 minute drive away. In Marina di Ragusa, 15 minutes' drive by car, there is also a market that runs parallel to the shoreline selling bags, clothes and souvenirs - ideal for picking up gifts to take back home.
Punta Secca and nearby Casuzze have a good choice of bars and restaurants open in the summer months. Punta Secca has a few smart restaurants along the seafront offering a laid back atmosphere as well as a choice of Sicilian favourites. Meanwhile, Casuzze has a very local feel. For a greater selection, try the coastal promenade in Marina di Ragusa. Opt for fresh seafood while enjoying the view out to sea or dine in one of the beach clubs on the sand. By night, the area is quite lively with plenty of spots to indulge with an evening cocktail or two.
The beach at Punta Secca has golden, sandy shores and clear, shallow waters and extends eastwards, towards Marina di Ragusa. You’ll find a few restaurants near the beach , but facilities are limited so pack a beach towel. Alternatively, the wide sandy bay at Marina di Ragusa has lidos and beach clubs where you can rent sunbeds and parasols – plus dozens of drinking and dining outlets.
Children will love the choice of activities on offer at Marina di Ragusa. There are boat trips available, plus paddle boards available to hire, as well as windsurfing and kite surfing for the more adventurous. It’s also possible to hire bikes and cycle along the coastal promenade.
A little further afield, just over an hours' drive away, is Parcallario, a fantastic adventure park set in dense woodland. Brave the tree top walkways, whizz down the slides and fly along the ziplines!
In this corner of Sicily, you’ll find many gems - such as the beautiful UNESCO town of Scicli, which is a 35 minute drive away. Wander through the Baroque streets and you’ll uncover many enchanting churches, palazzi and the filming location for the police station in Inspector Montalbano. Set either side of a valley, views of the town are best enjoyed from up high. Scale the steep steps up to the abandoned church of San Matteo, and you’ll be rewarded with fantastic sweeping views all the way down to the coast. For a less energetic visit, choose from one of the many cafes and enjoy watching the world go by as you try the local gelato or granita.
Other noteworthy towns include Ragusa, where Baroque delights are in abundance. The lower part of the town, Ragusa Ibla contains many fascinating historical sites that are signposted for the ease of visitors. There are also plenty of boutiques and souvenir shops to browse. And when you’re ready to rest your feet, be sure to try one of the many great restaurants or gelato shops of the town.
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