Located on the southwestern coast of Sicily, Sciacca is a charming seaside commune overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and home to a bustling port. The town is blessed with historic palaces and castles, along with engaging museums, bustling shopping hubs and alluring swimming spots.
Things to do in Sciacca
Don’t miss seeing the famed Enchanted Castle, a huge farm with almond and olive trees. However, the most prominent feature is the unique heads carved into trees and stones. Afterwards, venture back into town via the Palazzo della Zecca di Sciacca, a historic square with magnificent Arabian facades.
History lovers should head to Castello Luna, a storied castle with a magnificent medieval facade and historical exhibits, including armour, torture devices and models of execution devices. The nearby Toy Museum is perfect for families thanks to its exhibits on vintage toys, including dolls, rocking horses and computer games.
Spend some time hanging out around Porto di Sciacca, where Ristorante Italia da Nino serves late-night Italian specialties and La Bottega del Porto provides the perfect environment for dining alfresco. Head slightly deeper into town to browse local retailers, such as Sabrina Orafa In Sciacca for jewellery or Giacalone Angelo for clothing.
Outdoor enthusiasts can head to Capo San Marco Nature Reserve, a pristine natural paradise with earthy rock structures and secluded coves with golden sand and crystalline water. There are also a few lookout points with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Getting around Sciacca
Sciacca is best reached by flying into Palermo Airport, which is about 1.5 hours’ drive from town. You can easily explore Sciacca on foot or by using the local taxis, while a hire car or driver is needed for venturing further afield.