Compared to many other Sicilian towns, Portopalo di Capo Passero is certainly not the most well-known among the foreign tourists. I totally understand that if you are a first time traveler to Sicily, it is easy to be trapped by the most touristy places of the Italian Region. But I want you to know that it has its own charm, and since it is not invaded by massive tourism, this small town still preserves its own characteristics.
To be honest, Portopalo di Capo Passero was my favourite town in Sicily. I just loved this place and want to share a couple of curiosities which can lead you there even if you are tempted to follow the suggested itinerary for first time travel to Sicily.
- Portopalo di Capo Passero is an old fishing village located at the southernmost point of Sicily, so it is a last city of Italy! To be fair, it is further south than Tunis. Try to imagine the weather here. It is always pleasant. It is one of the European cities in which one can enjoy warm weather all throughout the year.
- Portopalo di Capo Passero is located at the meeting point between the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian Sea.
- Due to the currents which are created between the two seas waves runs zigzag without any destination instead of having a straight direction.
- It is an ideal base to stay during your road trip in Sicily as it is close to main cities like Noto, Marzamemi, or Ragusa but still quite far from the chaotic tourism.
- People in Portopalo have the custom of hanging or pasting epigraphs at the entrance door of their homes to let you know the family members died in their house.
- Portopalo di Capo Passero has very charming beaches; here you can find both sandy and rocky ones.
- Portopalo di Capo Passero owns two Islands: Isola di Capo Passero and Isola delle Correnti.
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- Pizzeria Pastieri at Via Dante 40 ( phone: 320-9664076 / 320- 3475280) delivers not only pizzas but also other food and sweet items which are delicious. It is owned by an old couple that doesn’t speak English.
- Colapesce Restaurant in the city centre was the best one we have tried in town. Here we had the most delicious Pepata di Cozze ever. They also make caponata without tomato.
- The Ape car granita seller of Portopalo is the best one in the city. Find him and try his Granita.
- Portopalo di Capo Passero has the second biggest industry of fishing vessels in Sicily.
- Some of the old fishermen beach front houses are now rearranged as tourist accommodations.
It is an ideal place to escape for a while from the chaotic neighbouring cities that are completely overrun with tourists, so you should consider adding it to your Sicilian road trip itinerary.
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