In origin the town had the function of emporium for the near and prosperous town of Segesta with which it shared its splendour and its decline. It reflourished under the Arabs and was influenced by the various following dominations which left important traces in the language, culture, and also in agriculture and cooking.
The cultural importance of Castellammare del Golfo, has been confirmed becouse the whole area around Erice belonged to the European cultural itinerary called “the route of the Phoenicians”(www.rottadeifenici.it).
Its geographical position , situated between two important airports, linked to the motorway A29 makes Castellammare Del Golfo the ideal place for a series of innumerable itineraries and trips, which will satisfy every need. The surrounding area is a true concentration of natural beauty and several towns, rich in history and culture; less than an hour, for example, it is possible to reach towns like Segesta, Erice, Selinunte Trapani, Palermo, Monreale, while, directly from the harbour, the marvellous Egadi islands and Ustica can be reached by sea or making a trip along the coast to S.Vito lo Capo via the Zingaro Nature Reserve.