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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A Mindful Traveler
November 13, 2018 at 11:46 am
Will keep this in mind for the next time we are in Sicily! 😉
November 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm
This really sounds like my type of place – off the beaten path with authentic seafood options! wonderful article! thanks for sharing!
November 13, 2018 at 11:40 pm
I have wanted to travel to Sicily for so long – it's one of the view places I am yet to visit in Italy. This just looks beautiful 🙂
November 14, 2018 at 11:57 am
I've never visited but it looks beautiful. So relaxing and a lovely looking way of life. I like that it has a real working town and the beaches.
November 14, 2018 at 8:38 pm
Wow! This place takes my breath away. I must visit there one day. Awesome list of tips. Thank you!
November 15, 2018 at 12:59 am
What a stunning beach town! My goodness how I would love to escape there…it looks heavenly and relaxing.
November 15, 2018 at 5:21 am
i'll keep this in mind. I wouldn't mind visiting if I'm in Sicily
November 15, 2018 at 9:46 am
id love to visit Sicily one day , and this one its a one stunning beach town
Annette, 3 Little Buttons
November 15, 2018 at 10:21 am
I've always wanted to visit Sicily. It always looks so inviting and the food is everything! These little secrets are fab to keep in case we do end up being able to visit.
November 15, 2018 at 1:32 pm
It looks so tranquil and peaceful, I would love to visit it someday. I love small towns.
November 15, 2018 at 3:20 pm
Sicily is so beautiful! I wish I could get out and travel more. Thank you for sharing!
November 16, 2018 at 4:55 pm
This is so beautiful. I just looked at some sites to visit in Sicily!
November 17, 2018 at 9:34 am
We're in Sicily every summer, but I've not yet visited Portopalo. I'll be sure to add it to the list the next time we're back.
November 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm
Never been there before but it feels like you brought me here!
May 8, 2019 at 3:31 pm
Maybe you'll find nobody speaks in English but, we make you feel at home even if you don't understand our speaks language… we are happy to show you the truly Sicily ❤��
May 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm
Oh I'm sure you guys wii show the real sicily. <3
September 21, 2020 at 10:11 am
We visited both these islands on our Sicily trip and loved them. Isola delle correnti was out favourite one and offers inarguably the best sunset views in the whole of east and south east Sicily. In fact i just posted a panorama from there on my ig yesterday
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September 21, 2020 at 10:24 pm
Hi Jaini, thank you for stopping by. Happy that you have been able to visit both the islands. It is such an amazing thing to experience in Portopalo!!!