Situated in the middle of the Gulf of Castellammare, Balestrate is the neuralgic point of connection between Palermo and the municipalities of the province of Trapani.
Balestrate: in the center of the Gulf of Castellammare
More than six thousand inhabitants populate one of the most characteristic and alive suburbs of Sicily, a seaside resort that is increasingly appreciated every year for its nightlife and sandy or rocky beaches.
Of Byzantine foundation, still visible in the territory’s defence tower, it shows today the Arab and Norman influence in many monuments and palaces that bear the names of historical Sicilian families.
When planning a holiday in Balestrate, there are three main churches that must not be missed: the mother church, dedicated to Sant’Anna, a magnificent example of the neoclassical architecture of the 1800s; the church of San Pietro; the church of the Immaculate in Lourdes.
The long coastline is suitable for holidays for families and groups of friends. Consisting mostly of golden sand overlooking an emerald and crystalline sea.
What to do and see in Balestrate?
- Balestrate Beach: 8 kilometres of coastline with shallow waters and fine sand, in which there is a free beach and equipped beaches corresponding to the mouth of the Jato river and the Cala della Forgia.
- Mother Church of Sant’Anna: in neoclassical style, with a Romanesque plan with three naves, two bell towers and a large dome.
- The Sanctuary of the Madonna del Ponte: the subject of pilgrimage for many faithful, today it includes two aisles with vaults surmounted by six arches. It includes the painting of the Virgin and Child by Vincenzo Manno.
- The Fish Festival: it takes place on June 29th, in honour of Saint Peter, and involves hundreds of people ready to taste the fresh catch of the day, for free.
- Boat tours: among the activities you can do in the summer near Balestrate are the numerous boat tours with or without a skipper to learn about the coast from another point of view, that of the sea.