1. San Vito Lo Capo, Trapani
Situated in Sicily’s north-western corner, San Vito is famed for its fine white sands and crystalline waters, set against the striking scenery of Monte Monaco. Beach clubs, bars and restaurants line the almost 3km-long seafront, and if you like rock climbing or hiking, the steep surrounding cliffs offer some spectacular rambling routes. In the peak months of July and August, it can be hard to land a sunbathing spot – either get there early or, if you prefer a quieter cove, you can head to the secluded, flora-filled beaches at the nearby Zingaro Nature Reserve.