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Castellammare & the Surrounding areas

Itineraries and routes among legends, history and food and wine routes

The most beautiful beaches in Castellammare and the surrounding areas

There are many beaches and suggestive coves close to Castellammare del Golfo. Contact us without any obligation for any information or advice you may need; in the meanwhile, here are a few suggestions:

Cala “Campana”

This is an untouched pebbly cove that is situated beneath the hotel to which you can gain direct access from inside the hotel by means of an underground passageway. This is an opportunity to relax for those who decide to stay at the Hotel Punta Nord Est.

Spiaggia Playa (Playa Beach)

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

Scopello and Guidaloca Bay

These locations can be easily reached from the town centre by public transport or a 5-minute drive and they provide unique panoramas for you to see: Scopello is an enchanting location also thanks to its famous “Faraglioni” rock formations; Guidaloca is famous for its truly unique, crystal clear, intense blue sea.

Coves of the Zingaro Nature Reserve

There are many natural coves in the Nature Reserve, all of which are extremely beautiful. These can only be reached either on foot or by sea, yet all of which are worthwhile visiting. Among these, Cala Capreria and Cala dell’Uzzo are worthy of 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.

Sicily to be savoured

The Gulf of Castellammare is also rich in wine and food excellence: thanks to the “Strada del Vino Alcamo DocAssociation, it is possible to follow itineraries steeped in history and tradition, going on wine tours to visit various wine cellars as well as trips to local olive oil mills to taste oils and typical local products.

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.

Scopello

One of the most famous, popular locations in this area is surely Scopello. This is a hamlet of Castellammare del Golfo that was made famous by the marvellous "Faraglioni" rock formations and by the ancient tuna-fishing estate. The sea in Scopello is enchanting and you can admire interesting historical structures such as the watchtower on the coast which dates back to the 16th century. Why don’t you also choose a hotel close to Scopello so as to savour the most thrilling moments of your holiday in Sicily?
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"Incredible hotel. The price is more then reasonable and everything was just perfect. The rooms clean and we booked sea view - absolutely stunning! The pool and the beach were perfect. Such an amazing place. I am missing it already and hope, that I will have the chance to get back there one day!      "
Paischi |
26/05/2018