Here you can enjoy a tranquil atmosphere without the inconvenience of isolation, since it is just 2 km to the busier coastal town of Capo d'Orlando with many shops and restaurants. There is also a hotel and a number of holiday apartments in the village.
San Gregorio attracts visitors from all over the world who come here to relax away from other tourists, and their hectic lives at home. Life in the town moves at a snail’s pace, and the relatively few permanent inhabitants earn their living mostly from fishing. If you want to cook for yourself you can buy the fish fresh directly from the boats in the morning when they arrive back on the beach with their 'catch of the day!'
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Although Borgo San Gregorio is well placed for enough touring to last several weeks, do not forget the simple pleasures of lying on the beach and on clear days watching the superb Aeolian islands. Swimming in the clear water and snorkelling is also highly recommended. The beach in Borgo San Gregorio is plenty wide enough to hold hundreds of sunbathers, but fortunately you only get that many during the hottest months of the year when the Italians themselves take vacations in July and August.
At the reception of Mare d’Amares the manager, Carlos, welcomes tourists and makes sure they get a chance to visit the old fishing village and experience life there, as well as the sea and the fabulous Nebrodi mountains only a few km away. Carlos arranges trips to the Nature Park Nebrodi, all the way up to Monte Soro (1847 m above sea level) and to the Maullazzo lake. He will also take you to the very charming town of San Marco d’Alunzio and the Aeolian islands by boat sailing directly from San Gregorio
However, one should certainly not believe that Borgo San Gregorio is a ghost town located two restaurants, a bar and an outdoor disco, which is open twice a week in July and August.
Only 2 km from Borgo San Gregorio you will find this vibrant town of Capo d'Orlando, which you can reach on foot in approx. 20 minutes, but there is a bus and a tourist train in the summer months if you want to save your legs. You will find all types of shops in Capo d'Orlando, and also the train station, several restaurants, supermarket, doctor's office, pharmacies and so on.
From Borgo San Gregorio, we can recommend the following excursions:
- Cefalù to visit the ancient fortress and the Norman cathedral that forms the town's profile and atmosphere.
- The Aeolian Islands
- Tindari and the Greek Theatre
- Naso which is only 10 km from the coast
- Nebrodi National Park: Nebrodi's untamed nature offers green pastures, shepherds' huts and tracks from old times. There are old villages that were once inhabited by the Sicilian nobility. The area's municipalities are currently organized as a nature park.
We also recommend trips to Palermo, Etna and Messina. By making a longer drive it is possible to get to the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento and to Taormina.