You have to look down at Castellammare del Golfo, from the panoramic terrace that, from the highway, leans over on this exciting view.
The city extends around the Norman Arabic castle, built on the sea, whose charm has never changed over time. Looking at the building thoroughly, we can recognize many different styles due to the various populations that have dominated the island over the centuries: Arabs, Northmen, Swabians and the lords of the city. Each of them has modified the castle of Castellammare del Golfo and has contributed to make it a real witness of history. The building overlooks the gulf in a position that makes it unforgettable. Thanks to the recent opening of a passage, it is now possible to walk along its walls.
Castellammare del Golfo has got a lot of holy sites and churches belonging to every historical era. We can start with the small Madonna della Scala, a white building carved into the rock, near the port. Near the castle we find the Church of the Rosario, one of the most ancient churches in the city, dating back to 1100. Both the churches are rather sober and they are not particularly worthy, because of the pirates’ frequent invasions that raided all jewels and precious stones. In the historic centre of Castellammare del Golfo we can visit Palazzo Crociferi, a great seventeenth-century building, built over the former convent of the Crociferi and the former Church of Santissima Maria degli agonizzanti.
But it’s impossible not to look at the wonderful beaches of Castellammare del Golfo not far from the city centre. Among the most beautiful, Cala Petrolo and Cala Marina and the long and the more popular beach of the Plaja. Going west we find the sea caves. The nicest and most important one is Santa Margherita that we reach by sea. Inside we can admire its walls frescoed with sacred images, probably dating back to the early Christian period. And we realize that Castellammare del Golfo is a sort of treasure chest keeping jewels coming from earth and sea. That will surprise and fascinate you with its endless wonders.