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Overview

“Theatre of lights and winds, of epic battles and sublime architecture; the southernmost bridge to Africa; indulgent cradle for different civilizations, the island lies down the middle of the Mediterranean Sea like a matron waiting for guests coming from far-off countries.

The sun kisses the blazing sands and the low cliffs; the sky is tinged with strong colours, especially at sunset; the wind brings odours and sands from Africa.

The sandy, golden beaches dance with the bright, blue sea; silver olive trees mix togheter with palms and euphorbies; everything invites you to enjoy life and to get the most of nature.”

But that’s not all!

Sicily is an amazing mixture of nature and history: breathtaking panoramas and natural beauties are perfectly combined with impressive monuments from the past.

From the ancient Greek temples of Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta, to churches, gardens, palaces and theaters built by several civilizations (Romans arrived in the 2nd century BC, followed by the Arabs, Normans, French, Spanish and finally the Bourbons).

Sicilian cuisine is an adventure in history. Its cooking speaks of its complicated history of invasions and occupations as well as of the fresh flavors of the land and the bounty of the sea. It blends extravagant Arab and northern techniques with simple peasant ingredients, mainly the catch of the sea and the pick of the garden.”Pasta con le sarde” is the perfect example: featuring a sauce made with sardines, raisins, pine nuts, fennel, saffron, parsley and capers, its origins go all the way back to the Phoenicians.”Pasta alla Norma” combines tomato, eggplant and tasty “ricotta salata”. Swordfish and tuna dishes abound, especially in May and June.

Sicilian street food is something unforgettable: “Arancine” are fried rice balls resemble oranges - the Italian word for orange is arancia. They can be stuffed with a variety of mixtures, but a meat sauce, or ragu, is the most traditional. “Panelle” - Sicilian Chickpea Fritters - are made from chick-pea flour that may be of Arab origin. Panelle and Arancine are a favorite snack food to the Sicilians, found in fryshops, on the street by vendors, in the airport or even in some gas stations!

But the Sicilian tooth is most glorious when it's sweet. Sicilians think nothing of having a brioche stuffed with ice cream for breakfast. Try it, if you dare.”Cannoli” and “cassata” we've all tasted, but rarely have we encountered anything as dazzling as “frutta Martorana”, perfectly authentic looking marzipan fruits and vegetables originally made by the nuns of the Martorana convent.

Furthermore Sicily offers a great variety of wines and extra-virgin olive oil.

Sciacca (pronounced she -a -kaa) is a colourful town full of art and artists. A bustling, sunny, thermal spa town on the south-west coast of Sicily, Sciacca boasts warm sulphuric springs, clay rich in healing minerals, and natural sauna caves. The area has been populated - thanks to its Thermae - since the Greeks arrived in 5th Century BC.

Sciacca's coastline is beautiful, with a crystal-clear, turquoise sea, and unspoilt sandy beaches. The city of Sciacca has about 25 km of coastline alternating sandy beaches and steep or jagged cliffs, and offers to its visitors the opportunity to discover and choose between wild environments and well serviced beaches.

There is an impressive fishing port, where an abundance of fresh seafood (Sardines, Prawns, Langoustines, Sword Fish, Tuna, Cod etc) can be obtained daily from fish stalls, and the 400 or more fishing boats moored alongside the harbour walls - the main international export being canned and salted blue fish such as Sardines and Anchovies.

There is a large, bustling street market held every Saturday morning in the district of San Michele. Full of local atmosphere, the loud, animated market traders sell everything from marinated olives, local cheeses, cured meats, seasonal fruit and veg, fresh meat and seafood, to designer clothes and ethnic jewellery. It's certainly a must for the shoe and bag lover with huge bargains to be had on leather goods.

Important wines and olive oils are made in the region: Planeta wines and oils (on the menu at Hotel du Vin in the UK); Cantina Settesoli wines on sale at M&S, supermarkets and wine merchants; Marsala fortified wine from the nearby town from whence it gets its name - the most notable Marsala wineries being that of Corvo and Florio. Planeta is really worth a visit and wine tasting sessions can be arranged in advance.

Sciacca holds various religious Festas and processions throughout the year, a favourite Festa being that of Ferragosto (held annually on 15th August) where a majestic marble statue of Sciacca's patron saint, La Madonna del Soccorso, is carried barefoot through the city streets by honoured fishermen. The Festa culminates in an impressive firework display over the harbour in the early hours of the morning. It's a really atmospheric event and not to be missed - even by the non-religious.

The official language is Italian, although most Saccensi speak in the animated local Sciacchitanu dialect amongst family and friends - if you do know some Italian don't expect to understand the local dialetto...

The Saccensi people (Sciacchitani in the local dialect) are most proud of their famous, annual Shrove Tuesday Carnevale. People come from all over Italy (and the world) to join in the festivities by following gigantic, allegorical, papier-mâché floats, and singing and dancing processions as they pass through the narrow city streets.

Sicily is steeped in a rich and varied history, its strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea making it a first stop for any unfriendly invader who happened to be sailing by. The Carthagians, Phoenicians,Greeks, Romans, Normans, and lastly the Aragons of Spain have all left their archaeological imprints on Sciacca and its surrounds - there are more Greek temples at the nearby settlements of Agrigento and Selinunte than there are in Athens! But it was the Saracens who left the biggest legacy.

The name Sciacca is of Arab origin (Xacca, meaning 'water') and the Arabian influence can still be felt through the town's art, architecture, artisan majolica ceramics and allegorical folklore. It can certainly be tasted in the rich, regional dishes that are much spicier -picante - than mainland Italy. In the nearby town of Trapani couscous is more widely eaten than pasta.

A very interesting attraction of the area is the Graham Island (better knonw as "Isola Ferdinandea"), a "non-existent" island located just a few miles away from Sciacca. The island emerged in 1831 out of the water, but in 5 months the new land, formed by spontaneous eruption, gradually sank beneath the sea down to six meters of depth. Today the sea near the island is a true natural paradise and it is possible to do scuba diving and snorkeling with organized tours departing from Sciacca.

Sciacca has one of the most beautiful squares of all Sicily: Piazza Angelo Scandaliato, a panoramic and elegant terrace in the city center facing the african sea. The city is also interesting for its historical remains: more than forty churches, over twenty historical buildings and three original city medieval gates.

A unique attraction of the city is also the Filippo Bentivegna's "Garden of Enchantements" the Sicily's famous outsider sculpture garden.

Distance to major landmarks: Palermo (~ 90 km), Temple of Segesta (~ 85 km), Temples of Selinunte (~ 30 km), Eraclea Minoa (~ 30 km), Valley of the Temples in Agrigento (~ 60 Km), Trapani (~ 100 Km), Erice (~ 95 km) nature reserve of Zingaro (~ 85 km), beaches of San Vito Lo Capo (~ 90 km), Piazza Armerina with the fabulous Roman mosaics the "Villa del Casale" (200km), Mount Etna (300 km).

Summary:

Fully-equipped cozy apartments, with garden, private parking and air conditioning.Close to all amenities, walking distance from Sciacca's historic city centre, short drive to best sandy beaches.

Facilities

Property type: Apartment

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 5

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
1 single sofa bed located in Living-room, 1 cot
Seats:
Room for 5 in the dining area
Room for 7 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
Internet
Radio
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Air conditioning
Central heating
Open fire
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Kettle
Oven
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (Ancient building ('800) completely restructured and equipped. With private parking, air conditioning, and barbeque garden.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Smoking
Pets (Small pets are welcome.)

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Fishing
Golf
Horse Riding
Sailling
Scuba Diving
Sports Center
Swimming
Tennis
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Cinema

Prices and availability

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Discounts and extras

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Discounts

Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 30 Days 20%
1st January to 31st December 21 Days 15%
1st January to 31st December 14 Days 10%
1st January to 31st December 7 Days 5%

Extras

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Additional bed All year N/A £7.28 per night

Paid locally

Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 15km
  • Nearest bar: 2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Agrigento Valley of Temples: 65km
  • The Temples of Selinunte: 40km
  • The Temples of Segesta: 85km
  • Egadi Islands: 125km

Reviews

8 out of 8 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Saturday 20 September 2008
Well equipped, well laid-out and well situated accommodation - lovely shaded patio area and furniture for al fresco eating. Owner and family were very friendly and helpful. Easy walk into centre of very atmospheric and attractive town. Favourite restaurants: www.ristorantiitaliani.it/corbezzoli where they serve beautifully cooked Sicilian food, and Il Portocello along Sciacca seafront for great pizzas and seafood. We loved Marinella di Selinunte, especially the beach at La Pineda in the nature reserve, and Eraclea Minoa, both within 30 mins drive. Do not miss Caltabellota near Sciacca, and Erice north of Trapani, both amazing mountain top villages.
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Stayed Friday 04 July 2008
Wonderful little villa with everything you could need, including a lovely garden with BBQ. No swimming pool but who needs one when you are only 10mins away from a gorgeous beach. Owned by an extremely friendly and helpful family. Overall we was extremely impressed, it exceeded our expectations and we thoroughly recommend it to others. Perfect!
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Stayed Wednesday 21 May 2008
Excellent accommodation. Very good care by owners. Only problem, the bed mattress was very hard. This is however only a personal preference. Thank you for a nice stay.
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Stayed Sunday 16 September 2007
Very tastefully modernized apartment Villa. Due to the trees (pomegranate/ olive and Orange) around the property its only the road noise that reminds you that you are in Sciacca and only 5 mins walk from the Old Town. 5mins drive and you are out of the town and in open countryside. The owners are very helpful, and flexible and generously left a welcome hamper with basic provisions to see us through the 1st day - Nothing is open on Sundays !! Not much more to add except that we had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to coming back. best beach we found is at Erraclea Minow - some 20 mins drive east of the town.
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We had a great week. Friendly owners, very clean and well fitted out. Great BBQ area just outside the front door which was well lite at night and shaded during the day. Easy walking distance to the Harbour/Restaurants and the EuroSpar around the corner for food/drinks etc. Great local beach less than 5 mins drive (Fab and very safe for kids). Only down side was the stairs up to the mezzen bedroom. No hand rails at all which makes it unsuitable for those that might prefer to have the security of hand rails and dangerous for very young kids. No chance of a stairs gate here!!! Other than that brilliant. As we arrived on a Sunday and all shops are closed (Restaurants open) we got a welcome pack, water, bread, juice, jam etc. Nice touch.
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Great little place - ideal for "Crash Pad" clean and well maintained. The area of Sciacca is not ideal for young families as a lot of travelling to other parts of the Island is required for kids activities - car definitley recomended. Nice people and very accomodating.
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Pleasent little property which was exactly as I was expecting in terms of size, but of nicer quality than I was expecting. The Barbecue area outside was lovely, and well lit for evening use. The owners were delightful, and although they spoke little English (although much better than my Italian I must say!) they went out of their way to make sure we were ok; even showing us the way to a church we were due to attend a wedding at...the owner on his moped and us following behind.
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When i arrived at Sciacca i was warmly greeted by the owner of the property and escorted to the property. Whan i arrived at Casale Le Zagara i was delighted to find complementary food and fresh fruit on the table laid out for me.The house was spotless and very well maintained and included full air con, sattellite television, fridge electric fan oven and other mod cons.The owner was very helpful and gave me his mobile number for information and friendly advice.The house is situated very close proximity to the town with lots of beautiful restaurents and many shops nearby.There is a supermarket nearby and vegetable store also.I will return in the not too distant future as i was blown away by the warm welcome and also by the beautiful seaside town.Thank You Again Ciao

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About the owner
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Located in: Italy
Joined: January 2007