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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Tl;dr - 2 and a half wait for 806 bus on way back, go to the first stop on the bus route to avoid problems we had.

I was looking forward to our beach trip and I am so disappointed how it went. Really feel the need to warn others about the unpredictability of the buses as we were caught very off guard.

The 806, the main bus from Palermo to Mondello, is advertised on Google Maps as running every 10 minutes. Our trip to the beach was absolutely fine - the bus was roughly on time and it was a really quick journey to Mondello.

The actual beach itself is very popular and commercial, to the detriment of the experience. The majority of the beach is fenced off and used for beach cabins, lounges, parasols and the like. We checked prices for one of these areas and it was 10eur for 1 person. We went to the free sand bit - which was literally a sliver right next to the sea. Walking along the strip of sand meant getting our shoes wet trying to find a spot, to point out how small. Last complaint would be the number and insistence of people coming to sell products - it's probably because of how small the area was, but it seemed like people were coming every few minutes and became very grating, particularly when they wouldn't leave you alone despite saying no several times.

Despite this, we did have a nice day - it really is a beautiful beach and the sea is clear and gorgeous.

Then came the killer, which is what really spoilt the whole day. The buses did not turn up every ten minutes. In the total 2 and a half hours we were waiting to get a bus, we maybe saw five 806s max - all of which couldnt take us because they were so full. We started at stop 9 (which is a bit further than most beachgoers to be fair - we wanted to go to a supermarket) and ended up walking the whole way to stop 1 just so we could get on the bus. We stopped at several bus stops along the way such as the main one at the end of the promenade which I imagine a lot would try, but to no avail. When we did finally get on the bus, it was completely packed and everyone was squished despite being the very first stop. We picked up people at the 2nd stop and then no one after that.

Seriously disappointing experience for us as the beach is as beautiful as it looks on the photos, but be warned if you want to go by public transport. If you don't want to get a taxi, try and immediately got to stop 1 which is still close the beach and near the toy park

2  Thank cecilyleah
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Thursday at the end of June and there was no place to put a towel. I can't imagine how unbearable it would be at a weekend. 95% of the beach is covered by underoccupied beach clubs charging ridiculous prices for a sun longer forcing the majority of people onto a tiny slither of beach. Not an enjoyable experience at all. So many beaches are ruined in this way. And no I will not pay to visit a beach they should all be public assets. If there was a decent amount of public beach it would be ok as the setting is nice and the waters are turquoise but the overcrowded experience was just unpleasant.

1  Thank MoorseyJ
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

I don't think I've ever had to queue to get onto a beach before, but this is a very popular beach - especially on a Sunday in June. The staff are charming and cope brilliantly with the huge numbers of people keen to enjoy the sand and shallow waters. The umbrellas are quite tightly packed together - it really would be a squish to try to get more than two people per site which may be problematic for older children.
On the Sunday morning I paid 15 Euro for a pitch and on a Tuesday afternoon it was 7 Euro.

1  Thank tsingiwoman
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Though not the quietest location - particularly during the 'season' June 15th - September 7th - and particularly week-ends when the beach can be packed if sunny and the Piazza Mondello throbs with outside music and Vespas until the early morning - this 2 mile stretch of golden sands is still worth visiting.
Safe bathing with sandy incline into waist high water within a few metres. Typical activities of Italian beaches with Bangladeshi guys selling beach parephernalia plus some lovely Indian cotton bedspreads which worth picking up between 12 and 15 Euro.

After a bathe - during the season you can rent a lounger and a seat under a coconut umbrella for around 20 Euro - other parts of the beach free to enjoy with your towel and book in hand!

After a bathe do not miss the lovely Ice creams served in paper cups or a brioche bun - but beware as the shop assistants tend not to wear gloves neither do they always protect the brioche with a strategic serviette!
Perfectly good dining available across the Piazza Mondello in 6 little Pizzeria Restaurants, though the best for us was the Gabbiano (literally seagull) just along the Via Mondello on the beach front as it moves into the rocks of the Capo Gallo.
Make sure you try sea urchin (Rici) and pasta - quite delicious, and the local sardine based specialities.
Finally getting around Mondello is eased during the 'season' by a free bus which runs around the stretch of beach and surrounding villas every 15 minutes during the day.
Also if needing to access Palermo then buy a book of 1.90 euro tickets from the Tabac which gets you into the piazza Politema - 806 from pretty much door to door. Goes every 15 minutes during the week was totally reliable and a cheap way to access the centre and grab some good views of the gardens favorita as you journey into town.
If you are staying in Mondello then be sure to explore the mini outdoor fish market early in the morning with local fishermen selling their morning catch by the coast guard post just south of Piazza Mondello.

A word to the authorities - the amount of plastic bags, bottles , caps and general trash left blowing around the beach needs addressing. Also the bike scheme which could be such a brilliant tourist asset is trashed by inadequate points of payment and information. Moreover most of the bike seats are set for extremely petite Sicilians and not for. Anyone over 1metre 50 which requires some attention. Furthermore the tourist information kiosk in the piazza Mondello carries virtually no information of use which was a disappointment. The best use of the kiosk was as a makeshift goal mouth for local youth whilst we were staying

Thank Carrie P
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We visited Mondello beach on a Sunday in June 2018. Perhaps a mistake going on a weekend as the beach was absolutely packed. The water is lovely and clear and pretty safe for children as it takes a long time to get deep and there are no sharp stones/shells underfoot. The food outlets have a nice range of sandwiches and drinks etc. All in all a nice place. However... The bus (no.806) is an absolute joke. Perhaps it was a Sunday service but instead of running every 10mins it was running every hour meaning it was absolutely packed and near impossible to get on, causing a free for all with Sicilian youths knocking old ladies out of the way to get a seat. We waited an hour to get on a bus both ways. The return journey took ages (I think because Palermo FC were playing at home and the bus passes near the stadium). My advice, avoid the public bus, pay a bit more of the tourist bus or a cab and avoid the weekends and Palermo home games .

Thank Dr_DanLondon_England
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