TO THE WEST
4 Km PUZZITEDDU
If windsurfing or kitesailing is your thing, look no further and mix it with the professionals, just 4 kilometers along the coast, some seriously trick manoeuvers can be witnessed as can be seen at the Puzziteddu website. (click on picture)
7 Km GRANITOLA (Torretta)
Pretty little fishing village, set in an alcove with a pedestrianised piazza surrounding the small port, ideal for a quiet drink or meal in the evening.
In the day time the surrounding rocky coast line is ideal for snorkling or spear fishing.
15 Km MAZARA DEL VALLO (Mazzara untill 1941)
Mazara was founded by the phoenicians in the 9th century BC, with the name Mazar (the Rock) it passed under the control of the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Ostragoths, Byzantines until being occupied by the Arabs in the year 827AD.
Under Arab rule Sicily had been divided into three regions, and Mazara became the capitol of Val di Mazara. A very commercial harbour and centre of learning.
Later to be conquested by the Normans and passing on to the Angevins, the Spanish, the Italians , the Bourbons and back to the Italians.
'The melting pot of the Mediterranean' a walk around Mazara's old centre (Kasbah) shows much evidence of this varied and impressive heritage.
Also currently boasting Italy's largest fishing fleet!
TO THE EAST
15km SELINUNTE Approx 5km by coast
One of the most important ancient greek archeological sights in the world fantastic beaches and well established restaurants make this an all yesr round attraction
Selinunte was one of the most important of the Greek colonies in Sicily, situated on the southwest coast of that island, at the mouth of the small river of the same name, and 6.5 km west of that of the Hypsas (the modern Belice River). It was founded, according to historian Thucydides, by a colony from the Sicilian city of Megara, or Megara Hyblaea, under the conduct of a leader named Pammilus, about 100 years after the settlement of that city, with the addition of a fresh body of colonists from the parent city of Megara in Greece. The date of its foundation cannot be precisely fixed, as Thucydides indicates it only by reference to that of the Sicilian Megara, which is itself not accurately known, but it may be placed about 628 BCE. Diodorus indeed would place it 22 years earlier, or 650 BCE, and Hieronymus still further back, 654 BCE; but the date given by Thucydides, which is probably entitled to the most confidence, is incompatible with this earlier epoch. The name is supposed to have been derived from the quantities of wild parsley (σελινὸς) which grew on the spot; and for the same reason a leaf of this parsley was adopted as the symbol of their coins.