Villa on the beach
From $1,227 / week
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Villa Playa is an attractive villa in the first row of the beach, overlooking the sea and with a stunning view on the Gulf and mountains of Castellammare.
The Villa is located on the Spiaggia Playa which is a beautiful beach a short distance from Castellamare Del Golfo, a wonderful seaside resort on the North West coast of Sicily.
Surrounding the Villa is a beautiful garden of 1000 mg with an array of local flora, cacti, palm trees and colourful bougainvillea. Within the garden complex there is a shower cabin, large gazebo, dining table, seating area and barbeque. There are two terraces one covered and one uncovered overlooking the sea with seating ...Read more
About the owner
About the owner
Anna Maria L.
Anna Maria L.
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Additional Location Information
In front of the villa there is the bus stop of local transportation. It connects:
- the villa to Castellammare del Golfo and the train station.
- Castellammare del Golfo to Palermo, Terrasini, Città del mare, Cinisi, Trappeto, Balestrate, Scopello, Zingaro Reserve, Buseto Palizzolo, Valderice, Custonaci, Castelluzzo and San Vito lo Capo.
In July and August every evenings a touristic train connects the villa to Castellammare del Golfo. From June to September every day a boat connects Castellammare del Golfo to Scopello, Zingaro Reserve and San Vito Lo Capo.
CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO: 1 km
Castellammare is an important tourist centre famous for pottery and swimming/thermal bathing. It is loved for its mild climate, wonderful beachs and breath taking scenary, making it an holiday destination
Overlooked by Mount Inici, the picturesque town with its fishing port and castle is lovely. In the east is the magnificent Spiaggia Playa, a golden sandy beach,with clear crystalline water. In the west until San Vito Lo Capo, the coast becomes rocky and jagged, with coves of extraordinary beauty from Cala Bianca, Guidaloca to The Zingaro Reserve.
Some diving centres offer scuba diving excursions to discover the beautiful coral sea beds.
Sailing clubs offer sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, water skiing and swimming courses.
There are some boat excursions and pescaturismo (tourist fishing excursions) from Castellammare to San Vito Lo Capo, highlighting the local areas of beauty and marine life.
The port and the old centre town with its restaurants exclusive, bars, disco-pubs is the night life centre of the town.
The local cuisine offers fabulous fresh fish. Local fleets night time haul of mullet, sargo, umbrine, saddled bream, rock fish, octopus, squid, lobster are on the harbour market every morning.
It was founded as a marine trading centre for the merchants of nearby Segesta; used later by the Phoenicians and then the Romans. In medieval times it became a stronghold with the castle built by the Arabs. Between the XV and the XVIII centuries, the port became a strategic point for commercial flow.
The castle, of Arab origin, enlarged in Norman and Swabian times, was the most important fortress of Western Sicily, and contains elements of great architectural importance. The medieval spiral stairway sits inside a circular keep, with the door and architraves featuring late gothic decorative patterns.
The castle holds an interesting scientific-museum centre featuring many exhibitions: archaeology with anchor stocks and Roman amphorae; marine activity and equipment for sailing and tuna fishing; Nostra Principalissima Patrona dedicated to the festivities in honour of the Madonna del Soccorso; and“Castellamare on set”, with documentation about films, series, advertisements and reality shows filmed in Castellammare.
The museum highlights cultural and landscape heritage and cultural and entertainment events. In the east wing there is the Museo dell'Acqua e dei Mulini - a showcase of water and windmills and the Ethno- anthropological museum "Annalisa Buccellato".
In an old fishermen's house in the ancient maritime town is a small Museum of the Sea which holds various pieces of marine tools and equipment from tuna fish warehouses, once numerous in the gulf.
The Mother Church is the most important of the religious buildings. It holds the statue in majolica of the Madonna del Soccorso.
The church of Madonna delle Scale (XVII century) is situated on the slope of the mountain.
The ex-monastery of the Padri Crociferi (1659) is now the Town Hall. In the immediate vicinity of Castellammare, the baglio (rural fortified structure) of Inici and the castle of Balata di Baida, have resisted the tests of time.
Celebrations to honour the patron saint Maria SS del Soccorso, run from the 19th to 21st August. In the port, there is a remarkable historical re-enactment of the miracle carried out by the Madonna in 1718, when five English ships who were pursuing a Spanish merchant ship were made to flee. Spectators can enjoy the spectacular fireworks, play games on the beach and in the water, and shop at various stalls.
At Christmas, Castellammare boasts a variety of entertainment including a live nativity scene in the town hamlet of Balata di Baida.
SCOPELLO: 6 km
The small village of Scopello is set on a rock overlooking the stunning sea, the majestic stacks and an old tonnara (tuna warehouse). The main building is the baglio,a typical rural construction with a large internal courtyard situated on the site of an Arab hamlet.In front of the square is the baglio with its ancient drinking troughwhere visitors can avail of the clear cool water.
The village name originates from the Greek Skopelòs (the rocks) or from the Arab Iscubul which describes the majestic and picturesque stackswhich are covered in the Mediterranean vegetation that emerges from the sea.
There are two towers near the tonnara, one situated on a small headland and the other embedded in a rugged cliff. They ensure the surveillance of the area and its protection from danger emanating from the sea.
A real delicacy is the pane cunzato of Scopello. It is a local bread, dressed by fresh tomatos, salted sardines, olive oil, local cheese, oregano.
In Scopello a diving centre offers guided immersions, including nighttime excursions to the most interesting areas of the coast where shipwrecks and mysterious caves can be found.
THE ZINGARO NATURE RESERVE: 7 km
The Zingaro National Park is a stretch of coastline along 7 km. It overlooks the Gulf of Castellammare and Speziale Mount is the highest mountain in the area ( 913 meters). The reserve is about 1600 hectares wide.
The park is interesting in every season for its turquoise sea, beautiful crystal clear bays for swimming, beaches of pebbles and sand, the caves and tunnels, cliffs overhanging the sea, houses rural.
It is possible to discover the endogenous Mediterranean vegetation by accessing its paths either from the South-East entrance near Scopello village or from the North entrance near San Vito Lo Capo. There is a third access on the upper part of the park. The natural reserve contains many kinds of plants and tree-like palms, carob trees, prickly pear, caper, fennel, agave.
Various species of birds live in the park such as peregrine falcons, eagles, wild gulls and pigeons, hooded crows, magpies, goldfinches. Among mammals, you can meet rabbits, foxes. Among the reptiles, there are vipers and two species of lizards.
SOURCES THERMAL: 5 km
Aproximately 5 kilometers from Villa Playa is the Fiume Caldo and thermal springs (this name means Warm River). The water is hypothermal alkaline, sulphurous mineral and is often used for therapeutic purposes; mud baths are also good for the spirit. Baths in the river or in the thermalsource; which is sorrounded by luxuriant mediterranean vegetation; are free. Close by there are also two thermal stations or spas.
One of these thermal springs is in Gorga districtwhere the water has a temperature of 51 C. and a canal which brings the water and mud to the thermal stationsituated in an ancient restructured mill where there is an outdoor swimming pool, saunas and mud baths area..
Further up the Fiume Caldo visitors can reach the free baths area in Ponte Bagni district where they will see the historic springs of Segesta adjacent to a very small lake surrounded by tamarisk, olive trees and reeds. The temperature isusually around 44 ° C in summer. Relaxing in a bath in thermal water surrounded by natural habitat is an exhilarating experience all the year round. Nearby the river leads to a small canyon with rock blocks and some small waterfalls. The riversubsequently flows into the canyon where in the summer season itis again possible to have free bathing... As visitors traverse the banks of the river it is possible to observe high vertical walls with colors from ivory white and pink. Near here is the second thermal station which also has an outdoor swimming pool , jacuzzi and the Regina cave (with a Roman vault), which is a natural sauna in a cavern on the river's bank.
THE CAVES OF MOUNT INICI: 6 km
For potholing lovers the caves of Mount Inici (1064m) are very interesting with deep ravines and underwater lakes which reflect the lights of the cavers resulting in extremely interesting images.
The formations are of particular beauty, delicacy and variety, hanging stalactites, stalagmites, high columns and spectacularly brilliant casts of calcite crystals. It's a magical view and a very rare natural spectacle.
The visit to these beautiful but fragile environments will only be allowed in small groups to ensure they are not damaged by the negligence of its users.
The subsection CAI of Castellammare del Golfo organizes speleological trips to the Abisso dei Cocci – Ramo dei Laghi into Monte Inici.
PLACES NEAR CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO:
- Segesta: 35 km
- Alcamo: 10 km
- San Vito Lo Capo: 65 km
- The Greek archaeological site of Selinunte: 85 km
- Erice: 65 km
- Palermo: 60 km
- The Norman Cathedral of Monreale: 65 km
- The Stagnone Nature Reserve lagoon and the salt pans between Trapani and Marsala: 75 km
- Mozia (Mothya): 80 km
- Marsala: 85 km
- The Egadi Islands
- Trapani: 65 km
- Mazara del Vallo: 90 km
- Ustica island
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Waterfront
Car is not necessary