Come with us to Terrasini and Cinisi, two small villages so close as to touch each other, less than a 50-minute drive from Palermo downtown.
Here you can find everything for your leisure time: sea and mountains, beautiful beaches, a nature reserve, sighting towers, yummy food, popular traditions still alive, a small marina, amazing sunsets and beautiful landscapes.We know this very well: sunsets are not equal everywhere. You will realize it after admiring a sunset from the seafront in Terrasini, from Magaggiari beach or from Capo Rama.
Let’s take an energizing trekking tour through the wonderful nature of Piano Margi, where Cinisi’s cow gracefully grazes, to Pizzo Peluso, Montagna Longa, an ideal place for motocrossing and Pizzo Montanello, just above Cinisi. Or by mountainbike along the Nature Reserve of Capo Rama, a few miles from Terrasini.
Once in Terrasini, let’s take the right time to discover the fascinating Sicilian carts exhibited in the Regional Museum of Palazzo D’Aumale.
Take your snorkel mask and go swimming across Calarossa island, so named after the reddish streaks of its spectacular reef.
With its beaches Terrasini is good for surfing and windsurfing, sailing, sup, kite and diving.
The main square in Terrasini, closed to traffic, is the perfect place for a drink while Praiola is the right beach for a nice night swim.
Let us restore early in the morning by jogging on the waterfront.
In Cinisi let’s visit the Memory House Peppino Impastato and let’s listen to his story directly from those who have known him. This experience will take you through an inner journey.
Windsurfing at Magaggiari beach, having a sandwich made with zero mileage products, buying fresh fish at dawn, straight from the fishermen at the harbour, are among the things to do.
And now, a blast from the past: let’s discover the watchtowers of Cinisi and Terrasini: Molinazzo Tower, Tonnara dell’Orsa and Pozzillo Tower.
Capo Rama Tower, at the end of Capo Rama Oriented Reserve, is the only circular planned tower of the coast (all the others are square-shaped).
From Torre Alba, always in Terrasini, near Cala Rossa, you will enjoy a breathtaking panorama. Here exhibitions and important events are often organized.
The towers belonged to the defence system of the Coastal Towers of Sicily; the Mediterranean coasts, in fact, were often targeted by Barbarian and Ottomans corsairs. Later on, the towers were used for the sighting of herds of tuna for the annex tuna factory.
Some reading about the famous Cinisara cow: from its milk fresh cheeses and ricotta are produced. They also produce the famous caciocavallo from Palermo which enhances even more the extraordinary peculiarity of this milk, rich in aromas due to the typical fodder essences of its area.
And last but not least in Cinisi the desserts are very good: you can’t leave without tasting u pizzettu of ice cream: a piece of ice-cream cake similar to the Sicilian cassata that was once sold along the streets as a scialacori ca v’arrifrisca, that is a refreshing pleasure!