Castellammare del Golfo is wonderfully positioned in a bay approx. 65 km west of Palermo. Earlier it was an important centre for tuna fishing but today it is known for its beautiful location.
The population numbers 15,000 and everything you could possibly need is available here: restaurants, pizzerias, all kinds of shopping, plenty of life and activities.
There are many distinctive and quaint streets, but the city has no major sights as such. Castellammare del Golfo is more for those who want to stay somewhere with atmosphere close to lovely swimming places. The beaches of Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo are really good, and even closer to (almost 2 km) is the delicious long sandy beach of La Plaja. In the centre you will find a small sandy beach below the Piazza Petrolio, although it is not kept as neat and clean as La Plaja.
From the top of the mountain peak immediately west of Castellammare del Golfo en route to Scopello you get a splendid view of the whole gulf and the town.
From Castellammare del Golfo a train takes you eastwards to and from Palermo and westwards to and from Trapani. Interesting destinations like Segesta and Erice are not far away, and trips inland to Alcamo or villages like Calatafimi and Salemi (with the ruins of the Byzantine basilica) are also easy to make.