Sitting at the mouth of the Mazaro river on Sicily’s western coast, Mazara del Vallo holidays revolve around the ancient Old Town and an enchanting maze of streets known as the Kasbah. Golden-stone buildings are topped with turquoise domes that echo the colour of the aquamarine sea nearby, while narrow lanes are lined with lemon-yellow and rose-pink Baroque and Norman churches. The town overlooks a fabulously beautiful coastline, making this an ideal holiday base on the Sicilian seafront.
Nearby, Litorale di Tonnarella stretches for 8 kilometres, with golden sand and an expanse of sea that’s popular with surfers and kiteboarders. There are several other inviting, sheltered coves within easy reach. Holidays to Mazara del Vallo offer visitors the best of both worlds – the chance to discover a historic town centre, which is vibrant and lively in the evenings, and also to explore the beach-blessed Sicilian coast.
Wander around the Kasbah
Discover the stories behind the old Arab quarter of Mazara del Vallo, known as the Kasbah, which is full of art and some splendid architecture.
Visit the churches
Don’t miss Mazara del Vallo’s churches, including two magnificent cathedrals, the church of St Francis, which has an extraordinary interior, and the Dancing Satyr Museum – an archaeological collection housed in a former church.
Take a dive
The coast, in turns rocky and sandy, offers great snorkelling and scuba-diving opportunities. The clear, warm Mediterranean waters provide superb visibility for viewing sea life.