Discover evocative coastal cities, centuries-old ruins and stunning seascapes in the Province of Agrigento. The region stretches along Sicily’s Mediterranean coast and will captivate you with its ancient Greek monuments and a rich cultural heritage. Get lost in postcard-perfect port towns, escape to sandy beaches and enjoy a bounty of fresh seafood.
Things to do in Agrigento
The hilltop city of Agrigento is a launchpad to the Province of Agrigento. It’s built around an enchanting medieval Old Town criss-crossed with narrow alleys and filled with elegant palazzi and churches. Most of the action is set along Via Atenea, a lively thoroughfare that cuts through the heart of the Old Town.
Valley of the Temples is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy. The UNESCO-protected site is dotted with ancient Greek ruins, including the magnificent Tempio della Concordia built in 430 BC. You’ll be awed by the soaring Doric columns and intricate carvings.
Sandy beaches dot the coastline and are perfect for topping up your tan. Find some of the best stretches of sand in Riserva Naturale Torre Salsa, an enormous coastal park fringed by gold-sand beaches like Torre Salsa. There are lots of signposted trails to explore and an excellent visitor centre where you can get more information on the park. Eraclea Minoa is another beautiful beach, surrounded by chalky cliffs and shaded by leafy cypress and eucalyptus trees.
Postcard-perfect Sciacca cascades down a cliffside to the Mediterranean Sea. The port city will charm you with its brightly painted houses, handsome Renaissance architecture, and sun-drenched plazas. There are several nearby beaches to enjoy, including lively Stazzone dotted with bars and bistros.
Sciacca has been an active fishing port for centuries and boasts some of the best seafood in Sicily. Try local specialties like swordfish topped with tomatoes and capers, sardines stuffed with toasted breadcrumbs and “nasello alla palermitana” fish cooked with garlic, anchovies and lemon juice.
Getting around Agrigento
The Province of Agrigento is well-connected by local buses. Cities like Agrigento and Sciacca are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Province of Agrigento at your own pace. Catania Airport is a two-hour drive from Agrigento.