With its white sandy beaches and crystalline waters, Mondello Beach is the perfect spot for beachgoers near Palermo, Sicily. About 12k north of Palermo, this dreamlike beach is reachable by means of a short bus ride (bus 806) from the city center of Palermo. It has grown into a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.
The area became increasingly visited in the 19th century by the wealthy populations of Palermo. Before elite residents began investing in the shoreline, it was muddy and malaria infested. They began purchasing villas in the area which remain today, and improving the surrounding areas to make them not only appealing, but picturesque. The area is a lively one in the summer full of people taking advantage of the Sicilian sun and sea. There are lifeguards on duty and pedlars selling a variety of items.
White sand sparkles along the shoreline, leading into turquoise waters. Here it is possible to swim and even rent a paddle boat. The beach is suitable for old and young alike and it also a great place for families. There are beach lidos where beach goers can rent a lounge chair and umbrella for the day. The cost is between 15 and 25 euros. Luckily visitors can also find a stretch of free beach where they can spread out their towels for an afternoon.
If visitors decide to pay to stay at a lido for the day they will have access to more services. There are changing facilities, showers and cafes for eating and drinking along the beach. In fact, the pastel colored changing cabins give the area of Mondello even more charm and character.
Mondello Beach is also a great place for a short walks. You can check out the historic watchtower and the colorful fishing boats near the jetty. There are also a variety of restaurants where visitors can enjoy a typical Sicilian meal.