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From the temple to the beach

Sicily | The Italian Mediterranean island Sicily does not only offer summer, sun and lovely beaches but also many cultural highlights. A compulsory point on each itinerary for a Sicily vacation are the countless testimonies of past times that a spread out across the island. Some examples include the world famous „Valley of the Temples“ in Agrigent with the structures more than 2,500 years old and are testament of Greek settlement on this island during the ancient times. Besides this also well preserved remains of antique structures can be visited in Syrakus oder Catania which are equally appealing.

Those who need to cool down after these historical adventures will find many places to do so along the more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline. In the north and east you will mainly find steep cliffs and rocks towering above the sea with a number of picturesque bays lying in-between them. The southwestern part is flatter and characterised by beautiful beach strips.

Sicily has though much more to offer than just temples and beaches. Explore some of the interesting smaller and larger towns such as Palermo, Messina, Ragusa, Trapani or Taormina. Alternatively go on a boat tour that will take you to the Aeolian Islands and Aegadian Islands or Malta that is also not that far away.

atraveo has a selection of more than 2,800 holiday apartments and houses. Some of the most popular  places for a holiday home vacation include Gioiosa Marea, Sciacca, Scicli, Giardini Naxos, Trappeto and Marina di Modica.

Dancing on a volcano

Sicily is not only the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea but also has the highest and most active volcanoes in Europe – Etna that you can explore up close on your vacation to Sicily. There are a number of guided hiking tours offered that take you to summit craters, lava fields and places where eruptions occur frequently. You should not miss out on this exciting tour. The hikes usually take place between mid May until the end of October. But one must be careful: It is important to remember the Etna is still an active volcano. Inform yourself when there of the present dangers and options to explore the area in one of the many information centres.

Those who want more volcanic action will not want to miss out on guided tours to the Volcano Islands Volcano and Stromboli situated north of the coast of Sicily. Particularly the very active Stromboli offers a great spectacle as one can observe eruptions of red lava nearly every minute or hour. Both islands are part of the island group Aeolian Islands and there are regular connections from Messina and Milazzo.

If you have now become fascinated by volcanoes then you might want to pop over to the mainland and explore Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples which is another famous volcano. It is by no means as active as those on Sicily though it is not extinct and there is speculation whether it could erupt again soon. The potential devastation such an eruption could cause can be seen in the famous ruins of the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum that were engulfed by lava in 79 AD. A visit to Mount Vesuvius could be incorporated within journey to and back from a holiday home vacation on Sicily. There are regular ferries that operate between Naples or Salerno and the Sicilian ports of Palermo and Catania.
 

Reviews from our customers

4.3 out of 5 (84 Customer reviews)
1 The holiday homes and apartments in in Balestrate have been rated by 84 customers, scoring 4.3 out of 5 houses, on average.

Location reviews

Total rating of Balestrate

4.2 out of 5 (96 Customer reviews)
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This is what holiday rental customers wrote about Balestrate 

  • 5.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 09/07/2016

    “Balestrate is a small cheerful town with three supermarkets and a few lovely restaurants, a picturesque square and a lovely pier. There is a wonderful place with homemade Italian ice cream and a tourist train that will take you around the entire city for a laughable 1.50EUR. Definitely worth as a holiday destination, it is full of life and the people were SO kind.”

    This review has been given for property no. 188868

  • 3.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 06/06/2016, travel period: May 2016

    “Balestrate is a small sleepy and still verschonter touristic place with a great beach, which is used on weekends by the inhabitants. From Monday to Thursday we had the umbrellas and chairs to ourselves. All-day 10 € 1 umbrella and 2 deckchairs, from 14: 00h € 5. Small supermarkets, fruit and vegetable shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors and Panetteria are plentiful. Pizza and pasta are recommended genuine in the restaurants. Fresh fish buys you (is optional whether or not filleted) and prepares it himself rather too !!

    The road conditions outside the highways and the "highways" are to be designated simply as catastrophic for our standards. Therefore ... always nice to use the "big" roads !! Trips by car worthwhile to Palermo, Erice, Trappani with ferry to the islands is a must, Cefalu and Segesta should take with. about 4 hours Driving - - Anyone curious to removal, also Etna can or a trip to Stromboli day trip from 05: 00h - 01: 00h take in attack.”

    This review has been given for property no. 1143836 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 4.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 21/05/2016, travel period: May 2016

    “Great beach for a beach holiday, cars should be available, then also many attractions (Palermo, Agrigento, San Vito lo Capo) are easy to reach from Balestrate. The place seemed in May still quiet and sleepy, in the season it is but there well prepared for many guests.”

    This review has been given for property no. 188868 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 1.0 out of 5
    atraveo customer Evelyn wrote
    on 05/04/2016

    “Unfortunately, the beach is totally dirty, garbage everywhere, beside the road ... no matter where you look rubbish - people do nothing for the environment ... not only in Bales Trade !! The landscape in general is beautiful, the only place where no waste has been, is the nature reserve Etna because it was gorgeous !!”

    This review has been given for property no. 644364 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 5.0 out of 5
    A guest wrote
    on 28/02/2016

    “I have been there twice in Balestrate - it was every time very beautiful. Away from the tourist madness one can very well feel the Sicilian way of life here. The nearby National Park has wonderful beaches! There at least I can only recommend to spend a whole day. Who wants to have not only a hotel or holiday club, but "what real" is sure to have a great holiday here.”

    This review has been given for property no. 1120527 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language


This is how holiday rental owners described Balestrate

Balestrate, with its 7000 inhabitants, is a typical Sicilian seaside town. And it is located only 40 km west of Palermo in the middle of the famous Gulf of Castellammare. With the connectivity to the highway (highway exit 2 miles away) it is very convenient to get there by car. ...
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You can reach Balestrate from Palermo Airport and from Trapani Airport by highway. Distance to Palermo Airport is 25 km (no aircraft noise!) and Trapani Airport 50 km. Our venue is at the highway exit - so you don’t have to search for long time. No parking problems. Highway is free of cost.
The vibrant life pulsates in the streets of Balestrate. The bars offer the most delicious dolci, gelati and espressi. In the restaurants you can enjoy Sicilian cuisine, whether frutti di mare, pasta, pizza or meat and a vino di casa. If you enjoy cooking, you have the opportunity every day to buy fresh fish directly from the fishermen or fresh vegetables and fruits from the farmers. The friendliness and pleasant nature of its people make the tourists feel native. There is no mass tourism in Balestrate. With its location directly near sea and its marina, Balestrate offers optimum conditions for motor sports and fishing, and its long kilometres of fine sandy beaches with turquoise water invite you for surfing and diving. You can hire sun loungers and parasols on the beach, but there are also many open beaches. Art lovers visit churches and town squares at their own cost. The landscape around Balestrate is characterised by olive groves, wheat and vegetable fields, citrus groves and vineyards. Balestrate is very centrally located for visiting the various attractions whether by car, bus or train.
We have prepared trip schedules for our guests, indeed, to the most beautiful places here in north-western Sicily.
Palermo / Monreale 40 km, Trapani / Erice 45 km, Segesta 20 km, Lo Zingaro 25 km, Selinunte 50 km. You can also book organised day tours in Balestrate.
We arrange for your transfer to and from the airport - we would be glad to give you more detailed information.


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source: Mazzola
Balestrate with its 7000 inhabitants is a friendly city. And only 40 km west of Palermo in the middle of the Gulf of Castellammare. Distance from Palermo airport 30 km (no aircraft noise!). The entertainment in the streets with many restaurants, bars and shops. The friendly nature and nice people ...
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makes tourists feel native. The location directly on the seafront and the marina, Balestrate optimal conditions for motor sports and fishing, and its miles of sandy beaches with turquoise waters invite for surfing and diving. Art lovers also get their money in churches and town squares. The landscape around Balestrate is characterized by olive groves, wheat fields and vegetable, citrus orchards and vineyards. Balestrate is located to explore the many sights by car or train. Palermo / Monreale 40 km from Trapani / Erice 45 km, 20 km Segesta.
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source: Bologna
The small Sicilian coastal town of Balestrate is located in the heart of the Golfo di Castellammare area and has several lovely sandy beaches, one of which stretches all the way to Castellammare del Golfo, a famous coastal town with a lovely little harbor. In the summer period you will ...
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find some lido's, but the biggest part of Balestrate's beaches have free access.

Along the corso, the Via Madonna del Ponte, you will find several bars where you can have a real Italian breakfast with a cornetto (a croissant filled with cream, marmalade or sweet ricotta cheese) and a cappuccino. You can also try homemade ice-cream in a bun, which is typical for the south part of Italy. If you'd like to give it a try you just order a brioche con gelato, you won't be disappointed! Most of the town's shops, cafés and super markets are located along or close to the corso. In the heart of Balestrate you will find the town square and the recently renovated church.

Balestrate is also a great holiday location thanks to its favorable geographic position. Located between Palermo and Trapani, it is easily reachable from the harbors and airports of these two cities. There are many direct and cheap flights available to Trapani or Palermo. Balestrate is also an excellent starting point for visiting all cultural attractions in the area, like the medieval town of Erice, the temple and amphitheatre of Segesta, the archeological park in Selinunte, the salt pans (saline) near Marsala, the cathedral of Monreale, Palermo, Castellammare del Golfo and many more!

You will find additional information on the pages titled beach, culture, nature and cuisine under the menu item the area.
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source: Pirrone

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  • Property no. 188868
    from GBP 251
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 95 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, beach approx. 200 m,
    5.0 out of 5
    11 Customer reviews
    There is one further property type with one accommodation for this complex
  • Property no. 458269
    from GBP 485
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 80 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, sandy beach approx. 300 m,
    4.8 out of 5
    16 Customer reviews
  • Property no. 1123003
    from GBP 167
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 90 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1), cable TV, WLAN, washing machine, sandy beach approx. 1.1 km,
  • Property no. 945126
    from GBP 452
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 80 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, sandy beach approx. 4 km
    There are 2 further property types with 2 accommodations for this complex
  • Property no. 948155
    from GBP 176
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 55 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, satellite TV, WLAN, washing machine, shingle beach approx. 300 m, sea approx. 900 m,
    There is one further property type with one accommodation for this complex
  • Property no. 463116
    from GBP 240
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 adults + 1 child

    Approx. 80 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 1), digital TV, washing machine, beach approx. 300 m
  • Property no. 921797
    from GBP 310
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday home for max. 6 persons

    3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1), cable TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, non-smoking property
  • Property no. 1126234
    from GBP 251
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 70 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, sandy beach approx. 1.5 km
  • Property no. 432452
    from GBP 226
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday home for max. 7 persons

    Approx. 90 m², 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, sandy beach approx. 1.3 km
    3.5 out of 5
    2 Customer reviews
  • Property no. 107372
    from GBP 971
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 110 m², 3 bedrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, water approx. 50 m
    5.0 out of 5
    1 Customer review
    There is one further property type with one accommodation for this complex
  • Property no. 893013
    from GBP 309
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 7 persons

    Approx. 80 m², 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, digital TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, dishwasher, sandy beach approx. 300 m,
    5.0 out of 5
    1 Customer review
  • Property no. 935520
    from GBP 201
    for 1 week

    Balestrate, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday home for max. 2 adults + 2 children

    Approx. 70 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, beach approx. 1.3 km,
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