Portopalo of Capo Passero, the extreme south-east of the province of Syracuse, is a small town on the shore of the sea or, rather, to the two seas, because it is here that you can witness to the physical encounter of the waters of the Ionian sea and the Mediterranean. The country, the town since 1975, was founded in 1778 by baron Don Gaetano Deodato Moncada, but the human settlements in this area date back to ages far more remote, as evidenced by the recent discoveries of archaeological finds of the early christian age at Scalo Mandrie, one of the four districts in which is divided Portopalo.
Today, the country has a population of about 3000 inhabitants and its economy is based on fishing and agriculture, but also on the tourism sector in recent years is expanding greatly.
The fishing Port, the second of Sicily, after Mazara del Vallo, is well equipped and every day, when the fishing boats return, you can watch the beautiful and characteristic "Fish Auction". Here you can moor small boats and tourism.
The agriculture is based mainly on the cultivation of the famous cherry tomatoes of Pachino, the country of Portopalo, before being an autonomous municipality and was part of the village. It is common also to the cultivation of the vine, the melon, and vegetables.
The coast portopalese is varied and indented: long sandy beaches alternate with cliffs terraced and, within the latter, open suddenly, small beaches, offering a variety of landscape and morphological truly unique. Portopalo, then, is the ideal destination for those who love the sand, both for those who prefer the rocks, and even, even in the space of a few meters, you can have the one and the other. The seabed, rich in fauna and flora, are an attraction for the lovers of underwater fishing (bream, grouper, sea bass, snapper and other fish populate our seas).
Portopalo di Capo Passero has ancient traditions in the event popular, secular and religious. Among the most important ones are those related to the easter holidays: during the whole period of the "Passion of Christ", culminating on the evening of "good Friday", a group of singers performs "U Lamientu" ("The Lament"), an ancient chant popular in the sicilian dialect, which recounts all the stages of the suffering of Jesus Christ. On the day of Easter is held, instead, "A Paci" ("Peace"), which consists in the encounter between the Risen Christ and the Madonna. The summer event that draws the greater influx of people is definitely the "Week of the Sea", the event within which you place the "Palio del Mare", a sailing regatta in honor of the patron San Gaetano, and the "Festival of the Pesce".