Vacation in a beautiful harbor town in northwest Sicily known for its attractive beaches, seafood cuisine and castle.
Founded by the Elymians as a port for the ancient city of Segesta, Castellammare del Golfo remains a town that relies on its harbor. Fishing has been important here for thousands of years, but today’s boats also take holidaymakers out on sightseeing trips along the coastline. Visit beaches, a nature reserve and learn about the town’s long history.
If you are here during the summer, book a boat trip to San Vito lo Capo for its beaches, cuisine and ancient church. You can also stop off at the Zingaro Natural Reserve where there are lots of wildlife spotting opportunities. Private boat rental is also possible from Castellammare del Golfo. Travel around the coastline at your leisure and drop anchor by secluded bays.
When you come back to the marina, stroll along the waterfront to see fisherman repairing their nets or selling the day’s catch. Then take a short walk to the seaside town’s stunning promontory for the Castellammare del Golfo Castle. Once an important stronghold for the Normans, the castle is now home to the Castellammare Museum. Study exhibits that tell the story of Sicily’s tuna fishing industry, once vital for this region.
After exploring the museum, head to either of the town’s two beaches. If you are searching for somewhere to unwind out of the sun, try the park opposite the town hall. Lay under the shade of the trees and look out onto the busy harbor below you.
Some of the most popular cafés and restaurants in Castellammare del Golfo are dotted along the waterfront. Reserve a table on an outside terrace and dine on freshly caught fish and traditional pasta dishes.
Castellammare del Golfo is situated in northwest Sicily and connected to Palermo and Trapani by a regional rail network. The train station is approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) outside of town, but there is a bus service between the two. The town is small enough to cover on foot, although you should consider renting a car if you want to explore the local area and find even more secluded beaches.