Stair Of The Turks


For some obscure reason lost in decades of bureaucratic paperwork, the upper part of the celebrated Scala Dei Turchi, the dazzling white cliff that rises above the sea along the southern coast of Sicily, belongs to a Sicilian man, Ferdinando Sciabarrà.

Why is it called stairs of the Turks?

According to ancient legends, the natural formation was once used by Turkish pirates who, during their invasions, would climb along the steps and loot nearby villages.

Is stairs of the Turks open?

The Scala dei Turchi opening hours

While the beach is public and is open 24/7, the access points to the beach have limited hours. The access stairs we used open at 7am and close around an hour after sundown.

Why is Scala dei Turchi closed?

The Scala dei Turchi was submitted as a candidate for Unesco world heritage status in 2019. However, the landmark was temporarily closed and seized by prosecutors in early 2020 after years of complaints about its poor preservation.

Can you climb Scala dei Turchi?

Enjoy the views from the overlook above the Scala dei Turchi. It is not possible to climb them any more. The crashing waves of Mediterranean Sea far below breathtaking. You may also choose to park above the steps and walk down to the top, where there is an overlook, instead of hiking along the beach.

Where are the oldest stairs in the world?

Flights of stairs have been around for millennia. In fact, one of the oldest sets of steps, some 12,000 years old, was uncovered in Gobekli Tepe, in the Anatolian region of Turkey.

Why are there staircases in the middle of the woods?

The mysterious stairs are most often seen at night and look as if they were built in the woods out of nowhere. There is no other structure or building around them. The staircase is an architectural element that serves to climb from one floor to another of a building.

Why are resorts closing in Turks and Caicos?

Sandals Resorts International said it is planning to close the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort indefinitely in 2021 because the Caribbean island’s government raised taxes on the property after declaring it would not.

What are Covid entry requirements for Turks and Caicos?

All travelers 10 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a COVID-19 test result to enter TCI. All travelers must provide one of the accepted types of tests including those who are fully vaccinated. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.

How deep is the Caicos Passage?

They consist of two groups of islands separated by a deep-water channel about 22 miles wide with a depth of over 7000 feet, known as the Turks Island Passage.


The Scala is formed by marl, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white color, formed from the tests of planktonic foraminifera.


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