Marina di Butera is the coastal region of the peaceful town of Butera, making a great setting for your next holiday. Butera lies on the southern coast of Caltanissetta, Sicily. The town enjoys a mild, Mediterranean climate year-round with temperatures averaging a comfortable 22oC in summer. The resort is particularly popular with families, and makes an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the island.
If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of bigger tourist resorts, Marina di Butera is the place to be. The coast features an idyllic golden, sandy beach looking over the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea, the perfect place to while away the hours in the Sicilian sun. The main town is situated on top of a cliff range with remarkable views of the lush Sicilian countryside. Atop the cliff you’ll find Butera Castle, one of the many incredible remnants of Butera’s rich history. Whatever you’re looking for, a holiday to Marina di Butera is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
The ancient city of Gela is the largest settlement on the southern coast of Sicily and is only 20 minutes down the coast from Marina di Butera. Gela has a diverse ancestry- the main attraction here is its history. All around Gela, you’ll find ruins dating back from the Greek occupation of the city. The Greek Acropolis is a tourist favourite, a ruined city on a hill dating as far back as 400 BC. Close to the Acropolis, the Archaeological Museum showcases some of the intricate artefacts and treasures discovered around the acropolis. In the centre of the town, walking tours are available to take visitors past the main sights, from Roman churches to modern shops and boutiques.
For a more traditional holiday experience, Gela also has a 24-kilometre-long coastline with a selection of shores ranging from the busier Roccazelle and Marina di Acete beaches, to secluded coves that won’t appear on a map. After taking the time to explore in the daytime, you can wind down at one of Gela’s many bars and restaurants.
Licata was founded in 282 BC when the Greek tyrant Phintius of Agrigentum raised the nearby city of Gela, and resettled the population further west along the coast. This foundation means that, like Gela, Licata has plenty of historic sights to explore for curious tourists. For starters, on the road from Marina di Butera to Licata you’ll find Castello di Falconara, a stunning castle dating back to the 14th century surrounded by lush gardens. In the city itself, expect to see some of Sicily’s most charming architecture at sites such as Palazzo di Citta and Castel Sant’Angelo overlooking the city.
Licata has a world-class display of fine Sicilian cuisine on offer. If you’re feeling fancy, Ristorante La Madia boasts two Michelin stars yet is still surprisingly affordable. There are plenty of other bars and restaurants around the city, serving dishes ranging from authentic Italian classics to homely British comfort food.
The commune of Piazza Armerina is found in central Sicily, 40 minutes from Butera. The Villa Romana del Casale is thought to be one of the best sights in Sicily, notable for housing the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world rivalling those of Pompeii. Many other historic sites are found throughout the town with architectural styles ranging from the baroque Piazza Armerina Cathedral to the Renaissance-style Garibaldi Theatre. For a bit more adventure, try exploring the narrow, winding side streets reminiscent of Florence and discover some of the hidden cafés and restaurants tucked away in charming little alleys.
Exploring Marina di Butera...
Visit Castello di Butera
The ancient fortress of Castello di Butera looks over the Sicilian countryside atop a hill to the south of Butera. The castle dates back to the Byzantine era and formed the foundation for the rest of the city, built during the Arab occupation of the island. Once used to defend Sicily from invasion, the Castello di Butera is now mostly ruined after millennia of attacks. The castle’s courtyard is a public space and what remains of the structure is commonly used for art exhibitions.
Explore the Santo Pietro Bosco Nature Reserve
Santo Pietro Bosco Nature Reserve is situated an hour’s drive from Butera. Hailed as one of the most beautiful regions of the entire island, the nature reserve is incredibly diverse and features a range of different flora and fauna. With 74,000 acres filled with rare trees and animals, a day trip to Santo Pietro Bosco is a must. The park is particularly known for its vast cork oak forest, the bark of which is used to make the corks for many different Sicilian wines. While Santo Pietro Bosco is beautiful in the Summer, the park really comes to life in Spring as the plants begin to flower.
Relax on Lido Panama beach
Marina di Butera’s nearby beach, Lido Panama, is the perfect spot to relax and unwind between adventures. Lido Panama is a cosy stretch of soft, golden sands with sun loungers and parasols available for hire. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the daylight hours, making the beach an ideal place for families. Right next to the shore, a beach cafe and bar serve great value food and drink to beachgoers throughout the summer. If you’d rather avoid the usual holiday crowds, the beach is quieter further down the coast.
Sicily has been occupied by many different cultural ancestors throughout the last two millennia, and this ancestry is reflected heavily in its cuisine. While Sicilian food draws heavy inspiration from classic Italian dishes, many traditional recipes also employ elements of Greek, French, Arab and Spanish cuisine. The restaurants of Sicily commonly use locally-grown fruit and vegetables as the backbone of their menu; Fresh olives, tomatoes and grapes feature strongly in many Sicilian foods. Arancini is a particular street food favourite, fried rice balls filled with meat or cheese. If you’re thirsty, Sicily’s answer to slushies is Granita, a refreshing treat made with crushed ice and fresh fruit.
Marina di Butera restaurants
Butera has plenty of restaurants on offer, but the main attraction here is authentic Sicilian food. Il Portico Dei Normanni is famous for its seafood dishes and stocks many local wines as the perfect accompaniment for any meal. If you’re hungry for a more traditional Italian experience, Ristorante Pizzeria serves excellent homemade pizza and pasta. For casual daytime dining, the Panama Beach seaside restaurant offers affordable food and drink throughout the day and is popular with families.
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