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Cefalù: Temples Valley and Scala dei Turchi Tour

1. Cefalù: Temples Valley and Scala dei Turchi Tour

Let be surrounded by architectural treasures, the Valley of the Temples is amongst the most evocative sites of the Greek world and one of the most important complexes outside the Greece. We will visit the temples which stand on the high ridge overlooking the sea, walking the Sacred Way, and discovering the magnificence of the Concordia Temple, which was converted in a Christian church in the 6th century and because of that spared from much of the devastation which afflicted the site over the centuries. You will walk between the Temple of Zeus ruins, the largest temple built by the Greeks, destroyed to build the harbor of the near town of Porto Empedocle. Named as one of the 10 wonderfully unique beach by Tripadvisor, Scala dei Turchi’s cliff rises between two fine sandy beaches, and to access it you have to proceed along the coast and climb into an ascent similar to a large natural limestone staircase. The Scala dei Turchi has a wavy and irregular shape, with lines that are not rough but sweet and roundish. The name comes from the past raids of Saracens pirates, named conventionally by locals as “Turchi" (Turkish), these pirates in fact found this site as a safer landing place for their ships, saving them from the beating of the hammering African winds, compared to the rest of the southern coastline.

From San Leone: Half-day Dinghy Tour to Scala Dei Turchi

2. From San Leone: Half-day Dinghy Tour to Scala Dei Turchi

Morning hours: 10:00 – 14:00 Afternoon hours: 15:00 – 19:00 Fresh water, tea and snacks will always be present on board free of charge for all customers on the excursion. It is possible with reservation to have an aperitif on board (Euro 10.00 supplement per person, to be booked in advance on the day of the excursion, to be paid locally) The navigation will start from San Leone (AG), immediately after boarding in the tourist port we will make a beautiful coastal navigation enjoying the landscapes of our territory. The Scala dei Turchi is certainly one of the most important stops to visit on the sea. We will pass in front of the legendary Akragas river, between culture and nature the tour will begin which will make us pass in front of the sites strongly linked to our history. Soon after we will arrive at the Maddalusa beach and the Chaos bay, so dear to our writer Pirandello. Passing Porto Empedocle we will enter the most exciting part of the excursion. In 10 minutes we will sail along the coast of the city arriving in Realmonte, we will be greeted by the fantastic Scala dei Turchi, now the waters will change. This is how the whole coast will appear crystalline, clear and shiny. A nice dip in these waters that move from the African continent to our beloved city and some beautiful photos with the Scala dei Turchi will be just one of the memories of this day. Moving further west, Capo Rossello and the lighthouse will show us the bay of the Madonna and the Rocca Gucciarda which tells a legend well known in the city. A dip in the warm waters of the area will be regenerative, it will also be possible to visit areas with shallow water for children. But the tour does not end here! We will also visit the area of fallen stones and the cappellaccio, seeing the beach of Siculiana and Giallonardo. The excursion is usually carried out with a large dinghy, the 12-seater tecno with 150 hp. in the case of fewer than 4 people, the vehicle can be replaced with a 6-metre boat.

San Leone: half day Boat tour Scala dei Turchi with Skipper

3. San Leone: half day Boat tour Scala dei Turchi with Skipper

The 4-hour itinerary will show you the Scala Dei Turchi and all the beauties of the coast: coves and beaches. The departure and return will be in the beautiful port of San Leone. Soon after the departure you will see the mouth of the legendary Akragas River and the view of the valley of the temples from the sea. After Porto Empedocle we will reach the Scala dei Turchi in a few minutes with its particular shiny water where you can swim and snorkel right in front of this majestic white marl cliff. Moving further west we will reach Capo Rossello, the lighthouse that dominates the coast and the bay of the Madonnina, in front of these places we will make the second stop for swimming. The last stop will be before returning and we will also visit the Saracen tower and the Siculiana beach. An intense tour, half a day with 3 stops for swimming and a complete visit of the entire coast of Agrigento!

Agrigento: Private Torre Salsa Natural Reserve Boat Tour

4. Agrigento: Private Torre Salsa Natural Reserve Boat Tour

Starting from the pier of San Leone, you will arrive in front of the famous Akragas river, which gave its name to an ancient Greek city. Passed the bay of Kaos of Porto Empedocle, in a few minutes, you will reach Realmonte, where you will be welcomed by the unmistakable Scala dei Turchi, with its majestic elegance. In this fascinating place, you can take advantage to take a bath in the clear waters and enjoy the tranquility that only places like this can offer. You will continue the tour towards the south-western coast of Agrigento, reaching the Giallonardo beach, an enchanting destination, characterized by fine golden sand, on which stands a high and jagged coastline. The last stop of the trip will take you to Torre Salsa, WWF oasis, an uncontaminated area located in the heart of the reserve, where you will admire the homonymous watchtower, which dominates the promontory. After a last refreshing bath, you will return to the pier of San Leone.

Private Tour : Agrigento & Scala dei Turchi

5. Private Tour : Agrigento & Scala dei Turchi

Enjoy a scenic drive into the countryside to Agrigento on this full-day excursion from Palmero, with stops to see ancient temples. Visit the scala dei turchi beach and learn about the country's rich history before being transferred back to Palermo. The excursion includes a short stop for a coffee en route to Agrigento, before arriving at the Valley of the Temples. You can further explore the Hera, Concordia and Apollo temples and Hardcastle villa, with a guidebook that will provide more information about the sites. You’ll have free time to decide on a place for lunch, before your driver takes you to the Scala dei turchi Beach. After the Photo stop you'll be driven back to Palermo.

Palermo: Private Agrigento and Scale of the Turks Day Trip

6. Palermo: Private Agrigento and Scale of the Turks Day Trip

Departing from Palermo, gear up for a full-day trip to Agrigento and the Scale of the Turks. Head first to the Temple Valley in Agrigento, one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the finest of all ancient Greek sites, including the Doric Temples and the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas.  Among the many stairways you know, this is definitely one of the most unusual. You have probably already realized that this is not a real ladder, but a spectacular stretch of coast, that, thanks to its peculiarity and history, has become an icon of the Sicilian seaside tourism.  This white cliff is located along the stretch of sea between Realmonte and Porto Empedocle and its rock is made of a soft limestone and a blinding white marl. The sea, taking advantage of this sparkling white, will be showing off its deep blue. The more daring can trek the stairway to the beach to the west, and will then be rewarded with a less frequented place for bathing.

Scala dei Turchi: Private boat tour with sunset aperitif

7. Scala dei Turchi: Private boat tour with sunset aperitif

Starting from the small port of San Leone, you will pass in front of the famous Akragas River, which gave its name to the ancient Greek city of Agrigento. Passing the Kaos Bay of Porto Empedocle, in a few minutes, you will reach Realmonte, where the enchanting Scala dei Turchi, with its majestic elegance, will welcome you. Right here, you can take advantage of it to dive into the clear Mediterranean waters and enjoy, in total relaxation, a tasty apericena, in front of a beautiful sunset. Finished this magical moment, you will resume navigation, to return to San Leone, admiring, during the journey, the striking lighthouse of Cape Carosello.

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What people are saying about Porto Empedocle

Overall rating

(5 reviews)

Good activity for green travellers otherwise dependent on public transport. On-site Agrigento temples guide Irene was excellent in providing in-depth insight in bite-size chunks - just what needed to appreciate this impressive site in midday sun. She led us from drop-off entry point to exit at other end, keeping to timing. (So previous feedback by others has seemingly been addressed). Bus guide Laurence was also friendly and informative, with the whole tour ably conducted bilingually in fluent French and English. Relaxed vibe and chance to do the instagram shot then descend to beach for quick dip to cool down or more photos from the beach of Scala dei Turchi. Not really a swimming beach. Learnt much on trip and would recommend.

very well organised. there was 1 guide on the bus and 1 guide on site at the site. Both were very good. did that with a lot of passion. both explanations in English and French. don't miss this tour!

Francesco top skipper... three stops in three different points of the tour... he made us discover places that can only be reached by sea... anecdotes and lots of sympathy! Super recommended tour!

The guide on the bus made it sound like we had to use a guide and it was to slow with a guide. She was amazing on the bus and very knowledgeable

Everything was spot on just as described. Our day was memorable. Thank you, particularly Helen.