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Surroundings

THE SEA

For those who want to live the sea, just in front of the hotel you can rent a boat….Even a few miles away you can swim in the crystal clear waters of small creeks such as Fossa dello Stinco or Cala Rossa… And then take a bath in the suggestive scenery of the Tonnara di Scopello between the Faraglioni…Or go down to the Zingaro Nature Reserve, which, besides the sea, offers interesting naturalistic paths.

HISTORY AND CULTURE

At the same time, you can take advantage of the hotel’s privileged location for a dynamic holiday.
The ancient village of Scopello and the nearby town of Erice, The archaeological site of Segesta, with the temple and the famous Greek theater, the charming Selinunte, the city of Palermo, Marsala and the Stagnone, Trapani and Saltpans are easily accessible places, which will characterize a culturally stimulating stay.

Scopello and the Zingaro Natural Reserve

Scopello has an ancient name, which perfectly reveals the nature and charm of the place: Skopelos in Greek means “rock” and the historic village of Scopello is in fact a sort of cliff that descends to the sea and overlooks the gulf, A few kilometers from Castellammare. On the coast between Castellammare del Golfo and San Vito lo Capo extends the Zingaro Natural Reserve: a magnificent alternate of white coves and white bays, Mediterranean scrub, crystal clear sea and cliffs, where nature manifests itself in its splendor, with unique specimens of Flora and fauna. Today, given the splendor of their marine landscape and numerous natural attractions, these two areas are considered by tourists as an imperative destination of Western Sicily.

Trapani, Marsala and the Stagnone Nature Reserve

About thirty kilometers from the village of Castellammare lies the town of Trapani, known as the salt and sailing city, known for its wide marina and the special shape of the area, so it seems that the city faces two seas. Its origins are so ancient to sink into legend, but the undisputed importance that the city has had in history is also proved by the reference that the poet Virgil does in his Aeneid. Out of legend, history confirms that there were numerous and varied peoples who inhabited Trapani: Elimi, Phoenicians, Sicani, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards. Of this enormous historical heritage, the city of Trapani still has many beauties.
Within a short distance we find Marsala, the largest municipality in the province of Trapani, famous for its wine. It rises on the ruins of the ancient Phoenician city “Lilibeo”, whose continuous excavations make it an open-air museum. For those who care about the natural aspect, in the area you can visit the Stagnone Reserve, a lagoon-archipelago where many protected species have found their habitat, characterized by low and hot waters. Typical of the area are also salt pan.

Segesta and Erice

Segesta, the ancient rival of Selinunte, is still present today as a true labyrinth of ruins. 41 km from Trapani, perched on Mount Barbaro, Segesta is located in a harmonious and relaxing nature. Today Segesta retains significant traces of the past: the Doric temple and the theater. In particular, the theater, dating back to the middle of the third century. A. C, shows itself as a large semicircle of about 60 meters in diameter, with about twenty stairs excavated in the rock. Placed on the slopes of Mount Barbaro, the Doric Temple, reveals all its grandeur: in the open air, the temple has a perimeter that measures about 60×26 meters, and is surrounded by 84 columns..
Another of the main tourist destinations in Sicily is the medieval town of Erice, located on the summit of an isolated mountain, at the northwestern far end of Sicily, and 15 km from Trapani. A marvelous synthesis of art, history and landscape, Erice maintains virtually intact its medieval center, perfectly integrated with the surrounding nature. The triangular urban structure is delimited on the western side by cyclopean walls interrupted by turrets and Norman doors. To the southeast of the village lies the beautiful Balio garden, inside which stands the Pepoli castle. Erice welcomes more than 60 churches, including the Matrice, dedicated to the Assumption and erected in the early 14th century. The heart of the city is represented by Piazza Umberto I, overlooking the Town Hall, which houses the Cordici Museum.

Egadi Islands

The archipelago of the Egadi Islands is located in the extreme west of Sicily, about 7 km off the coast between Marsala and Trapani, and is formed by the islands of Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo and other smaller islands. The Egadi Islands arise in a charming crystal sea, and offer scuba-diving and snorkeling enthusiasts a rich marine ecosystem. The sea is the dominant feature, with its cliffs and beaches, but also the hinterland offers natural wonders, with a lush flora that allows walks and hiking through the vegetation, and a rich fauna especially of birds. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the archipelago, the Protected Marine Area of ​​the Egadi Islands, the largest marine reserve in Europe, was recently established.
The main among the islands is Favignana, a peculiar butterfly shape, an ideal destination for those who love the white and golden beaches and swim in clear and transparent waters. Famous are also his caves.

Palermo and Monreale

Situated on the coast overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the homonymous Gulf, Palermo is the capital of the Sicilian region. Its origins are evidenced by some cave engravings dating back to the Paleolithic. Conquered in the 8th century BC from the Phoenicians, became one of the most powerful cities in the Mediterranean Sea. It remained the main commercial port of Magna Grecia and for the following centuries, until the Arab rule with which it reached the peak of its power. Then followed the conquests of the Normans and the Swabians, who kept the well-being already acquired by the city. Subsequently it became part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and only with the conquest of Garibaldi, Palermo and Sicily became part of the nascent Kingdom of Italy. To visit are the Cathedral, the Pretoria Fountain, the Royal Palace and the Martorana Church.
At 7 Km from Palermo, you will find the Norman town of Monreale. It is famous thanks to its imposing Duomo, dedicated to Santa Maria la Nova, a 12th-century Arabic-Norman art masterpiece. The Cathedral of Monreale is, after Santa Sofia in Istanbul, the greatest Byzantine Mosaic opera that exists in the world. Most of the cathedral is covered by gilded Byzantine school mosaics.

Agrigento and Scala dei Turchi

Particularly famous for its wonderful Valle dei Templi, Agrigento also boasts other beauty and artistic testimonies, including religious architecture and museums. The archaeological area of Valle dei Templi is all that remains of the ancient city of Akragas, and boasts 10 temples, necropolises, graves, gates and a theater, all in an astonishing state of preservation. In Agrigento you can visit also wonderful churches. Some of them are the Church of San Francesco di Paola, the Church of San Domenico, the Parish of St. Joseph, and the Church of Our Lady of the Angels.

In the province of Agrigento, there is the famous “Scala dei Turchi” (literally “stairs of the Turks”): it is a wall of limestone rock with its distinctive white color and irregular and wavy shapes, with sweet and rounded lines. Its name derives from the Saracen pirates, known as the “Turks”, who were often sheltered in this area, being less exposed to the winds and thus offering a safe harbor.

Selinunte

45 km from Trapani we meet Selinunte: it is one of the largest and most important archaeological parks in the Mediterranean due to its extraordinary wealth of remains. Selinunte was for a long time allied to Carthage and rival of Segesta, and his past saw many wars. The area of the park can be divided into three zones: the area of the three great temples; the Acropolis, a sacred place with temples and shrines; the Cave of Cusa, the area from which the blocks used to rebuild the temples were excavated. The remains appear settled in the green countryside that slopes down to the blue of the sea. It is fascinating the moment of sunset when everything is covered with intense golden light. The Marinella area along the coast offers unique natural spectacles, with sandy and unspoiled beaches and a seductive sea.