Marina di Ragusa

Marina di Ragusa, Sicily


The ancient village of Mazzarelli, which became part of Ragusa in the twentieth century, is now called Marina di Ragusa. It is an attractive but rather crowded seaside resort on the southern tip of Sicily with 2500 inhabitants in winter and many more in summer. A tourist destination with something for everyone, it attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year. It is definitely one of the Sicilian seaside resorts most favoured by the young as it is near Ragusa and well stocked with night clubs and bars offering the best in Sicilian night life. It is a good place for families and young children too with its low water and wide, sandy beaches.

The low, sandy Iblea coastline has some of what are thought to be Sicily’s most beautiful beaches with fine white sand and waters. Its beach facilities are excellent and its beaches are lively, perhaps a little chaotic.

Its restaurants, bars and pizzerias are always full in the summer months and it is close enough to the town to make a trip or two there easy. But Marina di Ragusa is not just a pretty postcard resort. It is surrounded by cultural and artistic attractions too. Not to be missed if you are staying in Marina are Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto and Scicli, extremely important towns and capitals of Sicilian baroque.

A visit to the Kamarina Archaeological Museum – with its Greek and Roman art collection and the ruins of the ancient city nearby – is also very worthwhile more for its historical interest than for its less than spectacular appearance.