Life in Sicily is beautiful, simple and occasionally feels a little like stepping back in time.
Whilst we had been very happily hiding away in a world of loungers, swimming pools and olive trees, we did occasionally have to leave our amazing villa and on this particulary warm evening ventured on down to the town at the bottom of the mountain. A quick ten minute drive, abandoning the car as close as possible we wandered about to explore and sightsee.
Castellammare de Golfo (translated as “Sea Fortress on the Gulf”) is quite simply one of the most beautiful and charming towns I have ever visited. Conveniently situated between Palermo and Trapani its noted for apparantely having been the birthplace of many American and Sicilian mafia figures and was used for filming parts of Oceans Twelve.
It’s small, quaint but has a certain authentic atmosphere that makes you want to lap it all up and never leave.
Life centres around the pretty little harbour, complete with restaurants and fishermen all bringing in their catches from the day. The cobbled streets wind up through the mountain where you’ll find more restaurants, shops and market stalls.
The Sicilians really love their fresh fruit and veg stalls and you won’t find a town or village without one.
Cobbled streets lead to pretty churches and amazing views that even an impatient and tired 12 year old can appreciate.
No lavish hotels, pretentious high rises, casinos, or nightclubs. Just you, the windy streets, pastel sand coloured houses and the cool refreshing sea breeze.
Once you’re done with exploring you can enjoy some food on the clifftop, with the most perfect view and yes, you guessed it, another amazing sunset.
I’ve noticed the sunsets in Sicily are always the most beautiful shade of pink and they create the most amazing golden light and feeling of tranquility.
I became a little addicted to tomatoes in Sicily. They are probably the juiciest and reddest ones I’ve seen so I indulged and ordered two starters for my main; Caprese Salad and Bruschetta.
This town is sort of place you really have to stop and take it all in. If you ever visit be sure to spend a little time exploring, you can easily get lost amongst some of the pretties streets in Sicily.