Last Sunday when the weather was still good, or finally coming right – depending on how and when you look at it, we went on a road trip with our boat neighbours from Takamaka. We made the 80km trip along the south coast of Sicily to check out Marina di Ragusa. It takes about 1.40hours to get there and on the way we saw the – unfortunately – common Sicilian sights: superbly bad drivers, insanely below average kept roundabouts and rubbish everywhere. Sometimes you would look out of the window and see Sicily coming to life with succulent greens, yellow, white, red and purple flowers and you are just about to exclaim your excitement over the beauty. And suddenly all the piles of rubbish come back into view.
Coming into the marina we walked along a beach promenade – it was wide and clean and relatively empty, probably because it was lunchtime and everyone was having lunch. The marina itself looked very spacious, clean and protected not only from the water but also from the little village Marina di Ragusa by a cliff-like wall. We were happy to see health and safety measures in place (life rings, fire hose), recycling stations, 2 toilet and shower blocks and beaches on either side of the marina. A fairly new walk and cycle way has been built along the coast with showers along the way.
It struck us that there was much less rubbish than in Licata and no(?) dog poo on the ground. We walked back past the marina along the promenade and all of a sudden it was packed and full of life – people had finished their lunch and came out to the beach to enjoy the sun, hang out in a restaurant/bar or have ice cream. The town centre was very inviting and open and very busy too. It was really quite charming. We found a little restaurant just off the centre and had a late lunch. The restaurant was packed when we arrived, by the time we got our pizzas/pastas, most of the locals had left and only the tourists (us) were still eating (plus a big Italian family who probably had been there since breakfast).
The marina itself looked quite nice and inviting. It has a fuel dock, a chandler and a shipyard onsite. What it doesn’t seem to have is a supermarket (which is a great plus in Licata) and it doesn’t look quite as sheltered from the wind. But, we haven’t stayed here yet, so we can’t really comment on these things – these are just our observation. We may be looking at staying a night here when we’re coming back from Greece. But, no plans yet, just options.
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