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Surroundings and places of interest
The island of Capo Passero
The Island of Capo Passero is a must for all those who choose Portopalo for their holidays.
Bathed by the crystal-clear waters, the Island faces the country with its distinctive silhouette and takes on a particular importance both from the historical point of view naturalistic.
The upper part of which are still visible the remains of an ancient swabian-aragonese, the Castle of Charles V, destroyed by the pirate Dragut in the far 1576.
Going down towards the beach you come to some buildings that in the past were used as a warehouse by the old fishermen on the Island of Capo Passero had one of the foundations of the old Tuna fishery.
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The island of the Currents
When these parts speaks of the Island of the Currents, the more that the Island itself is intended to indicate the entire area in which it is contained, an area that for its morphological conformation will call you back to mind the african landscape.
The Island of the Currents is little more than a huge rock, accessible from the mainland by a small pier.
The climatic conditions in this corner of the Mediterranean are particularly favorable for those who want to practice surfing, wave and windsurfing, while the beautiful beaches around the island, and the Island itself, and will welcome all those who want to make a bath of sun and sea.
The Tonnara is a beautiful example of industrial archeology: the lodge and the factory for tuna processing, the great furnace, the warehouses of barrels and salt, the characteristic small church of the SEVENTEENTH century: here came the tuna, which formed in the course of the centuries, a very important economic resource for the whole population of the place.
For dozens of years, in the first days of march, began a feverish activity: the great barges of oak, long, nearly twenty meters, were pulled out from the warehouses to "impeciarne" the keels and thus be able to replay the sea after so many months of rest.
The "Rais", he chose men by dividing them into teams will be controlled and repaired their heavy-duty networks, is transported to the island of the great anchors by placing them at the bottom to form the corridors required that would lead the tuna in the "death room".
There, in the seething of the sea, between the cries and splashes of water stained with blood would be repeated the ritual cruel that every year gave work to the people of the whole area.
Then it was back to shore to download the enormous prey of the landing of the trap where everything was ready: with of trucks is transporting the tuna in the large room where they were hanging on to the tail and immediately gutted and cleaned.
After the slaughter and went to the furnaces for boiling: the smell is felt for miles. Finally, the preservation of the olive oil to a genuine product in the hinterland.
Gradually , the number of bluefin tuna caught began to decrease steadily, until the "arming" the slaughter became uneconomic decreeing the end of a world rich in tradition.
Scalo Mandrie (Terrace of the 2 Seas)
In this area, which always returns objects of antiquity (amphorae, coins, fragments of small objects in bronze), the archaeological excavations are just the beginning: they were already brought to light the remains of an ancient settlement, which remain evident traces of intense activity linked to the sea, including: large tanks that were used for the preparation of the "garum" (a food derived from the maceration of the intestines of mackerel and tuna, considered a delicacy in ancient Rome), a necropolis (III-IV sec. d.C.), a series of caves of prehistoric times.
In the same area there are clusters of little houses in pastel colours, dating back to the late eighteenth century, in which lived fishermen of the time.
Today we completed the square called "Terrace of the Two Seas" because from it you can admire the Ionian and Mediterranean seas.
The Castle, contrary to what it may seem, is rather recent.
Its construction was begun in 1933 on the initiative of the marquis Bruno di Belmonte using material of the great stone quarry of the Island of the Currents.
The work, designed by the architect Saverino Crotti of Florence, was completed in 1935 and became the property of the family Tafuri at the end of the years '50.
The Fishing Port
A few hundred metres from the centre opens the most important fishing port in eastern Sicily, with the adjoining fish market where all the days are unloaded a large amount of fresh fish.
The departure of the vessels takes place at 2 am and when the next afternoon the fleet, charging and exhausted is part of the port, there is the characteristic fish auction.
The natural reserve of Vendicari
On the road to Noto, just 15 kilometres from the hotel, there is the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, a wonderful corner of nature that is certainly worth a stop.
Vendicari offers the visitor a fascinating landscape consisting of damp areas, sandy and rocky host a vegetation and fauna are extremely varied.
The great sand dunes bordering a long beach separated from a series of ponds where they will remain, in the different periods of the year, countless species of migratory birds.
Within the area you can find various archaeological remains: the church and the byzantine necropolis, the fifteenth-century Swabian Tower and the ruins of the ancient Tonnara.
Places of the Sea
To go to the sea there is only the embarrassment of the choice: the variety of the coast, from the sandy beaches to the bluffs it satisfies all the tastes.
At 100 mt. from the hotel is the beach of Scalo Mandrie (in the photo on the left) and the beautiful cliff close to the trap: from the beach, in the summer, through one of the pedal boats or the boat that is continuously shuttle you can reach the nearby island of Capo Passero with its beautiful beach. The most willing can reach it by swimming due to the proximity of the island to the coast and the low profonità of the bottom (if you know the path you can reach the island on foot without ever swim).
The Island of the Currents, you can swim in the wonderful beaches around the island and in the beautiful beach of Carratois.
Along the coast between Portopalo and the village of Marzamemi you can find different beaches and the characteristic cliff called "Acqua Palomba" which is a spring of fresh water. In addition Marzamemi you will find the beautiful beaches of San Lorenzo.
For lovers of tranquility you can go to the wild beach of the Vendicari natural oasis (15 Km from the hotel) and swim in the crystal clear sea and unspoiled. In the same area is located in a small corner of paradise, the beautiful beach and Calamosche.