Summer in Sicily: Castellammare del Golfo

Sicily is one of the most incredible places in Europe to enjoy your summer. Here you find not only fantastic beaches with clear water but also a lot of historic places, art and culture. That’s why this summer I decided to spend almost 45 days there! And it’s not the first time I do something like that…

One of the best cities to stay is Castellammare del Golfo, especially if you are travelling with your kids (I have a one year old baby girl called Gaia). Beaches are not croweded and you are still close to other hot points like San Vito Lo Capo, Scopello, Riserva dello Zingaro (known for its incredible beaches) or also Segesta, with an ancient temple.

A panoramic view of Castellammare del Golfo

The beaches of Castellammare del Golfo

The beach near the castle of Castellammare del Golfo

There are more than one beach in Castellammare del Golfo, like for example the beach near the castle.  But my favourite is “Plaja”.

Plaja, Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
Plaja, Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily

While most Italian beaches are really crowed in the summer, especially in July and August, Plaja is plenty of space for you and your family. You can bring your beach umbrella, some toys and everything your kids love. There’s also a possibility you rent these things there, if you want.

You can park your car in front of the beach, and that’s a great thing with kids, because you don’t have to walk that much. Parking in the streets costs 4 euros a day or you can also use private parking.

Gaia's castle :)
Gaia’s castle 🙂

A light lunch in Plaja

Cafè Darsena: a good and cheap place to eat
Cafè Darsena: a good and cheap place to eat

There’s a good cheap place to eat a sandwich or the popular “pasta al forno”: Cafè Darsena. Tables are just in front of the sea and you can enjoy the view while you eat your “bresaola sandwich” like I did.


Sandwiches costs from 3,50 to 6 euros, pasta al forno costs 4 euros. There’s also a good “gelato”.  Everything is really simple, but food is fresh and the staff is friendly.

Rent a boat

Rent a boat
Rent a boat

In the touristic port of Castellammare del Golfo you can rent a boat and discover the beauties os the sicilian coast.