Portopalo di Capopassaro

Province of Syracuse

Portopalo di Capopassaro offers a suggestive atmosphere walking through the ruins of this an amazing location. 

Portopalo di Capopassaro is considered the southern village of Sicily. Its district includes Capo Passero island and the Correnti island located a few kilometers away,  washed by Ionio and Mediterrenean Sea. In 1936, due to its small dimensions it was a tiny and peaceful country village, without a water supply network so women were forced to go to the well to wash clothes. For this reason, today it is possible to live a suggestive atmosphere walking through the ruins of this an amazing location. It is important to remind that Porto Palo boasts one of the most impressive tradition of fishing fleets that provide fresh fish to most of the restaurant placed on the eastern coast of the Island. The village has a lovely old town centre where it is possible to discover the Church of Madonna Greca Eleusa, the Church of San Gaetano, the Polpo Caves and the charming Piazza dei Due Mari which is the main square of the village.

The village also includes other impressive monuments such as the Capo Passaro Fortress, an ancient tower with a squared plan; the Tafuri Castle, built in 1933 by the marquess Burno di Belmont, has a wonderful Art Nouveau facade designed by the Tuscan architect Crotti; the Spanish Fortress, located on the north side of the village, was an important stronghold which protected the village from the barbarian and pirates incursions.

People live here: 


It is famous for:

Films shot in Porto Palo:

Agguato sul mare (1955) by Pino Mercanti

Salvatore – Questa è la vita (2006) by Gian Paolo Cugno

I Malavoglia (2010) by Pasquale Scimeca

The documentary Sicilia di sabbia (2011) by Massimiliano Perrotta

Typical Food:

I “Cudduri” honey sweets

I “Mustazzola” bread with almonds and honey

La “Pagnuccata” honey sweets

I “Cubbaita” a typical Christmas sweet

I “Cuddureddi” sweets with Grape Must jam


Festa di Sant’Antonio Abate, holy festivity

The Carnival 

Palio del Mare e Festa dei Santi Gaetano da Thiene e Francesco di Paola (7/08) holy festivity and traditional food festival where it is possible to taste the famous Impanate, a sort of Focacce stuffed with sauce , cauliflower , vegetables , potatoes , cottage cheese , fish, etc.

The “Mucco” Festival, (May) in this festival villagers sell some typical dishes made by fish called “Muccu”.

The  Festival of the Sardinian (July) offers the opportunity to taste and buy food made with local sardines. During the evening there are music, cabaret and folk perfomarnces

The Festival of Ciliegino and Lampuca, (September) a traditional food festival

The Festival of “Mostata” celebrates a typical food which is a kind of pudding prepared by boiling and drying the grape must.

The Festival of “Crispelle” (November) is a food festival where visitors can enjoy food markets and music performances.

How to get there:

By Car:

From Catania and Syracuse

Get on A18, exit Noto, continue to Pachino and exit to the village

By Train:

Stop to Syracuse and then get local buses.

By Bus:


By Plane:

The nearest airport is Fontanarossa Catania Airport.


Hotel Jonic


Porto Paolo Suite


Hotel La Rosa dei Venti


Terra Nobile


Residence Papiro


Aloha Hotel B&B Palace

Via Europa, 34, 96010 Portopalo di C. P. SR

Ph. +39 0931  844142

Casa Cavarra



Ristorante- pizzeria “El Condor”

Via F. Garrano 13, Portopalo

Hotel Jonic


U Saracenu Restaurant


Pizzeria Sapori di Puglia 

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 96010, Portopalo

Mobile: +39 329 611 4643;


Località balneare “Isola delle Correnti”


Scalo Mandrie

Punto Rio

San Lorenzo


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