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Castellammare & Surroundings

The most beautiful beaches in Castellammare and the surroundings

There are many beaches and suggestive coves close to Castellammare del Golfo.

Here are a few suggestions:

Faraglioni di Scopello

One of the most famous, popular locations in this area is without doubt Scopello famous for the spectacular "Faraglioni" rocks and the ancient tuna-fishing farm. The sea in Scopello is enchanting and you can also admire the interesting historical watchtower on the coast which dates back to the 16th century. Choose a hotel close to Scopello to savour the most thrilling moments of your holiday in Sicily!

Playa Beach

This is the largest beach, a long stretch of sand which is about 500 mt away from the hotel. It hosts several seaside resorts and therefore it is equipped with beach umbrellas and sun loungers.

Guidaloca Bay

Easily reached from the town Centre by public transport or a 5-minute drive, Guidaloca is famous for its truly unique, crystal clear, intense blue sea.

The coves at the Zingaro Nature Reserve

There are many beautiful natural coves in the Nature Reserve. They can only be reached by foot or by sea. Among these, Cala Capreria and Cala dell’Uzzo are worth a mention.

Things to see around Castellammare

The Arab-Norman Castle

The Arab-Normal Castle was built at the end of the port in Castellammare del Golfo and it was the most important fortress in Western Sicily. It is rich in elements of great architectural importance; it was entirely built in the middle of the sea and it was connected to the mainland by means of a drawbridge. It was then permanently linked to the coast in 1587; it was further protected by surrounding walls that in a relatively modern age were used as a basis for the construction of fishermen’s houses, while a quay was built on the eastern side. There are several fairy tale-like legends associated with the central tower, which contributes to increasing the magical atmosphere of this location.

Come and discover the “Annalisa Buccellato” Anthropological Museum

Today, the Castle hosts an important museum complex which is used to preserve and enhance the value of the historical, artistic and anthropological heritage of the city and its surrounding areas, among which is the outstanding "Annalisa Buccellato Museum", Museum which hosts everyday objects associated with the most prevalent agricultural cultivations, tools belonging to the various professions of the past as well as household utensils and objects. It preserves past memories so as to evoke the close ties that link the old and the new. The possibility to be able to organise guided tours and educational workshops especially for students is rather interesting.

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Entrance to the museum is free of charge.

Zingaro Nature Reserve

The Zingaro Nature Reserve stretches throughout the western part of the Gulf of Castellammare – more precisely from Cala Mazzo di Sciacca to Tonnarella Dell'Uzzo – and this is one of the most important points of panoramic interest throughout the local area. There are several coves that alternate along the coastal strip that stretches for approximately 7 km within the Zingaro Nature Reserve. These can be seen from the rocky ridges that overhang the sea.

Segesta and Erice, history and wonder

Not far from Castellammare you can find Segesta with its priceless archaeological site, consisting of the Doric temple (a masterpiece dating back to the 5th century B.C. surrounded by Mount Bernardo and Mount Barbaro, which are still perfectly preserved) and the Greek theatre, from which you can see a panorama dominated by Mount Inici which reaches up to the Gulf of Castellammare. Here in the summer months it is still possible to watch the classical plays which are staged on the occasion of the Calatafimi Segesta Festival.

Erice

Erice, situated only 15 km from Trapani, is a marvellous combination of art, landscape and history. It is a suggestive, isolated town perched on the top of Mount San Giuliano from which, on a clear day, it is possible to see the profile of Etna.

Wine tours

Castellammare is also rich in wine and gastronomy: it is possible to follow itineraries steeped in history and tradition visiting the best wine cellars in Sicily.
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24/10/2021