Via Vittorio Emanuele 23
96010, Portopalo di Capo Passero
Phone: 0931 842723 - Fax: 0931 1846779
Mobile: 327 8739660 - 328 5859294


Capo Passero Island

The Island of Capo Passero is a must for all those who choose Portopalo for their holidays. Lapped by crystal clear waters, the island faces the country with its characteristic shape and is of significant importance both from the standpoint of historical and natural features.

In its upper part you can still see the remains of an old Aragonese Swabian castle, the castle of Charles V, which was destroyed by the pirate Dragut back in 1576.

Going to the beach, meet some buildings that were formerly used for storage by the old fishermen on the Island of Capo Passero had one of the foundations of the old tuna.

Notes on the online booking service

From June 15th to September 15th the online booking service does not provide availability for stays of less than 3 days (7 days in the middle period of August). For other requirements, information or special requests please contact us via phone or email.

Currents Island

When it comes to these parts of the Island of the Currents, rather than the island itself is intended to indicate the entire area in which it is contained, an area for its morphology will call to mind the African landscapes.

The Island of the Currents is little more than a big rock to reach the mainland by a small jetty.

The climatic conditions in this part of the Mediterranean are particularly favorable for those who want to surf the wave and wind surfing, while the beautiful beaches in front of the island and the island itself, will welcome all who wish to take a bath sun and sea.

The "Tonnara"

The "Tonnara" is a splendid example of industrial architecture: the lodge and the factory for tuna processing, the great furnace, storage barrels and salt, the characteristic church of the Annunciation of the seventeenth century, there came the tuna that are, Over the centuries, an important economic resource for the entire population of the place.

For decades, the first days of March, began a feverish activity: the great oak boats, nearly twenty feet long, were pulled from store to "pitch to coat 'keels and re-examined as to the sea after so many months of rest.

The 'Rais' men chose divided them into teams, check and repair the heavy nets, they loaded up the big island still positioned at the bottom to form corridors that would lead forced the tuna in the "death chamber".

There, in the seething sea, between the cries and splashing water bloody cruel ritual would be repeated each year that gave work to the people of the area.

Then he returned to shore to unload the huge landing of tuna prey where everything was ready with the trucks were transported into the great hall where the tuna were hung by the tail and immediately gutted and cleaned.

After slaughter they made their way to the furnaces for boiling water: the smell is felt for miles. Finally, the conservation with the genuine olive oil produced in the hinterland.

Gradually, the number of tuna caught began to decline steadily, until "arming" the slaughter became uneconomical would put an end to a world steeped in tradition.

"Scalo Mandria" (Terrace of two seas)

In this area, which always returns objects of antiquity (amphorae, coins, fragments of small objects in bronze), the archaeological excavations are in their infancy: 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 fish considered a delicacy in ancient Rome), a necropolis (III-IV sec. AD), a series of caves of prehistoric times.

In the same area there are features pastel-colored houses, dating from the late eighteenth century, where the fishermen lived then.

Today the square has been completed called "Terrace of the Two Seas' as it is possible to admire the Ionian and Mediterranean.


"Tafuri" Castle

The Castle, contrary to what may seem, it is of fairly recent construction.

Its construction began in 1933 at the initiative of the Marquis Bruno di Belmonte material using the large quarry of the Island of the Currents.

The work, designed by Saverino Crotti of Florence, was completed in 1935 and became the property of Tafuri family in the late 50's.

The Fishing Port

A few hundred meters from the town opens the most important fishing port in eastern Sicily, with the adjoining fish market where every day is a large amount of landed fish.

The departure of the vessels takes place at 2 am and when the next afternoon the fleet, full and tired returns to port, there is the characteristic of the fish auction.

Nature Reserve Vendicari

On the way to note, only 15 km away, is the Vendicari Nature Reserve, a beautiful corner of nature that is well worth a visit.

Vendicari offers visitors a fascinating landscape consisting of wet, sandy and rocky host vegetation and fauna are extremely diverse.

Large sand dunes bordering a long sandy beach separated by a series of ponds where they will remain, at different times of the year, countless species of migratory birds.

Inside you can find various archaeological remains: the church and the Byzantine necropolis, the fifteenth-century tower and the ruins of Sveva tuna.

Places of the Sea

To go to the beach you'll be spoiled for choice: the variety of the coast, from sandy beaches to cliffs caters for all tastes.

At 100 mt. from the hotel's beach herds Scalo (pictured at right) and the beautiful cliff near the trap, from the beach in the summer months, by the pedal or the boat that is constantly shuttling you can reach the nearby island of Cape sparrow, with its beautiful beach. I can reach even more willing to swim because of its proximity to the coast of the island and the low depth of the bottom (if you know the path you can reach the island on foot without ever swim).

Isola delle Correnti you can swim in the beautiful beach opposite the island and in the beautiful beach of Carratois.

Along the coast between the village of Marzamemi Portopalo and you can find several beaches and the characteristic cliff called "Water Palomba" where there is a source of fresh water. Marzamemi addition there are the beautiful beaches of San Lorenzo.

For lovers of peace you can go wild in the natural oasis of Vendicari beach (15 km from the hotel) and swim in crystal blue sea and unspoiled. In the same area is located in a small corner of paradise, the beautiful beach Calamosche.

Hotel Ristorante Jonic

Via Vittorio Emanuele 23  - 96010 Portopalo di Capo Passero (SR)
Phone 0931 842723 - Mobile 388 8060430 / 328 5859294
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