One of the places you should see if you happen to be in the north-west of Sicily is the Tonnara di Scopello.
Just a few minutes west from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, this small bay is an enchanting place, rich in history and with incredibly blue sea.
Once a traditional tuna fishery, active from the 13th century to 1984, it has been preserved and transformed into a Hotel and a museum.
The best way to appreciate its beauty is probably by boat, but there is also a private beach accessible by a sweet path surrounded by flowers.
The Tonnara is open all year round from 9 a.m., but it’s best to get there earlyer (expecially in August and on weekends) as the beach access is limited and will get full up very quickly.
Not a fan of crowded places I only stayed for a couple of hours – most of the time swimming! 🙂
Although the beach isn’t the best place if you are looking for a peaceful morning laying in the sun, the sea is amazing. Perfect for snorkeling, is full of fish of all kinds, small caves to explore and rocks to dive from.
Already planning a hopefully-less- crowded trip for later this autumn!
We left just in time for lunch. We wandered the streets of Scopello, the cute village just above the Tonnara.
And found the perfect spot for lunch.
La Terrazza has the best view of the Gulf.
We couldn’t miss these typical Sicilian pasta dishes, seafood linguine and bucatini with sardines and wild fennel.
Recipes coming, I promise!
Pomegranate semi-freddo and homemade-straight-from-the-oven (from the fryer actually :)) cassatelle.
Warm, fragrant and full of ricotta – the best ending to our morning!