How will you spend your days at Floripa?
You can wake up early, and watch the sunrise around 7.30 a.m. (but of course you can sleep in….) and start your day with a nice walk on the beach. For those who love being in shape, the beach is also perfect for jogging. In fact, Santa Maria del Focallo beach is peculiar because it has both soft and hard sand, so it’s ideal both for jogging while wearing sneakers, and for barefoot walks. Sometimes our yoga classes are at the beach!
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00, most of our guests wait until after the morning yoga class and enjoy it all together. You can make friends with the other guests while you sip a creamy cappuccino (vegan options available, of course!) and try the freshly baked cakes that Simona makes every morning!
Every morning you will find a big buffet with: pancakes (twice a week), milk, coffee, cappuccino, tea, fruit-juice, yogurt, various kinds of cornflakes, several kinds of cookies, pastries, bread, home-made jams, Nutella, fresh-fruit salad, and oatmeal. Simona will also make your favorite style of eggs every morning upon request. Plus, everyday Simona bakes a different cake or pie.
After breakfast, you can hang out in our hammocks, take a (free) bike and explore the small forest close to the B&B, or go back to the beach for some water-activities. Depending on the wind conditions, you can choose between SUP (stand-up-paddleboard), windsurf, kitesurf, a boat excursion, or sail around with our new laser boats!
Santa Maria del Focallo earned the Blue Flag award, which is awarded only to the best and cleanest beaches worldwide.
Our equipped beach area is located only 30 meters from the B&B; there you will find comfortable sun loungers, parasols, rackets and balls, a beach volleyball and beach tennis court. Our kite-station is located 300 meters away (a 5 minutes' walk on the beach), and there you can find surf boards, stand up paddle boards (sup), windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment.
We also organize trips of 2-4 hours on dingy boats to explore the unspoilt beaches of the coast of Ragusa. One of our tours gets to the “Island of Currents”, the famous and fascinating southernmost point of Sicily, where the Mediterranean Sea meets with the Jonian sea.
Also, for fun lovers, we have a beautiful Banana rubber boat that is a lot of fun to ride together with the other guests (get ready to get wet).
For lunch we have several alternatives:
At the B&B you will find two kitchens and two barbecue areas, where you can cook your own meal, be it either fresh fish just caught in the morning or a good fresh pasta with the famous Pachino tomatoes, onion and ricotta salata (a specialty of the area). Or you can fix yourself a sandwich or a salad.
If you don’t feel like cooking, you can ask Simona to prepare for you one of her amazing salads with quinoa, spinach and other healthy delicatessens! She prepares something special every day, so you can ask her at breakfast time what's on. Otherwise, from June till September you will find the village Rio Favara Beach at less than 400 meters down the beach, with a restaurant and a bar. In the same area, but on the coast road along the beach, you will find a well stocked delicatessen, serving delicious hot food (including pizza), at affordable prices. About 1 km. from the B&B there is a grocery store, easy to reach by bicycle (we provide them for free use), where you can buy food and different kinds of supplies.
After lunch, you can rest for a while to recharge the batteries. Floripa respects a rule of Sicilian culture, the break after lunch, and from 2 pm to 4 pm silence is respected and it’s “siesta time “.
You can sleep in the cool, air-conditioned rooms, or (most recommended) on our hammocks, rocked by the sea breeze which blows every afternoon from the sea.
After the “siesta”, in the afternoon you can enjoy several activities such as beach volleyball or beach tennis, a swim, or simply read a good book while waiting for the beautiful sunset.
Several times per week, at 4,00 pm you can join a special Yoga workshop: if you want to take your practice to the next level, you should really not miss these classes! Some of the topics are: Arm-balances, Inversions, Backbends, Yoga Anatomy. At 6,00 pm every afternoon you can join the afternoon yoga class, which is generally very relaxing and includes some type of meditation.
After the evening session, while waiting for dinner you can enjoy the famous Moijto of Floripa (we prepare it with mint from our garden) or a Spritz, a Caipirinha, a fresh Pinha colada. In short, you can choose your favorite cocktail, accompanied by our lounge music and some good snacks.Dinner is usually served at 8,00 and you can enjoy a buffet-style vegetarian meal in the company of all the other guests (and also the staff members).
For lovers of vintage games, we have a football table and a pinball machine, that you can use for free.
We offer vegetarian/vegan dinners almost every night: we sit all together on a big table and it’s a great occasion to meet everybody else and have a good glass of wine. Once a week we have a pizza & movie night (usually when Teresa has her day off :), and on Saturdays we offer a barbecue (with plenty of veggie options!).
If you feel like going out, you can explore several restaurants in the area, hunting for pizza, fresh fish, or the exquisite Sicilian cuisine. You can also visit some of stunning Baroque cities around: Noto (a 20 minutes car ride away), Ragusa (40 minutes), Scicli, and Modica (30 minutes away). You can also stay in Pozzallo, the nearest town (5 km away), where you can stroll around while enjoying a wonderful home-made ice cream, in a very typical Sicilian beach town.
For lovers of nightlife Pozzallo, Marina di Ragusa and Marzamemi offer an endless choice of bars open until 6 in the morning.
…. And for the more romantic ones, don’t forget that from our garden you can see million of stars- and we have a telescope that you can use to watch the moon craters :)