Castellammare del Golfo is located in the Gulf of Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily, just halfway between Palermo and Trapani.
Its history has Arab origins dating back to around the nineteenth century, the Arabs reached the place of the city of Segesta. The city takes the name of al-madariğ which means “the stairs”, because there was a flight of steps that led from the rampart to the port. It was during this domination that the foundations of the castle were laid, which was then completed in the Norman era. The current name was given around the year 1000 because it represented an important fortification.
When the conflict between the Angevins and the Aragonese began, they were the last to win and to ban the port. From that moment it was necessary to wait until the Sicilian Vespers to come back into vogue, in fact the castle was enlarged in those years.
The surrounding walls were built in the early 1500s to protect the inhabitants from raids by Saracen pirates. When population growth finally began, expansion continued on the coast itself.
With the passing of the centuries, the landowner period of the end of the eighteenth century came when there was a strong migratory flow caused by the need for manpower; this logically resulted in continued economic growth.
The dominations continued to follow one another until the Bourbon domination, against which the citizens rebelled in support of Garibaldi.
This destination is a favorite in Sicily because it combines everything you could want for a holiday: food, sea, culture and nature in one place!
The sea of Castellammare is absolutely special, but a great attraction is also represented by the Riserva dello Zingaro, by the Tonnara di Scopello and obviously by precious churches and the Arab-Norman castle we talked about above.
Another attraction of this city and its territory is the presence of many beams deriving from the period of the late eighteenth century, a significant amount of structures in which the feudal lords lived, protected by their own fortifications, which enclosed the entire estates.