One of the chief charms of the magical island of Sicily are the marks of the ancient civilisations that made their home on its shores. From majestic Greek temple ruins to sweeping Roman amphitheatres; from towns founded in ancient Carthage to Byzantine fortresses standing sentinel over Sicily’s craggy coastline; all of these majestic relics provide captivating snapshots to days long past.
Though there are archaeological treasures scattered throughout the island, there is one name that stands out above the rest for lovers of culture and historical sights. The ancient seat of Selinunte is the crown jewel in Sicily’s archaeological crown, giving even the world famous sights of Greece a run for their money. Resting on a high plateau on the south-west shore, within a stone’s throw of Mazara del Vallo and Castelvetrano, Selinunte is one of the largest and most fascinating archaeological parks in the Mediterranean.
Once a thriving metropolis of Ancient Greece, Selinunte has lain in ruin for more than 2,000 years, since a ferocious attack from the Carthaginians in 409BC razed the city to the ground. As well as the archaeological park, Selinunte holidays offer an idyllic coastal location, fringed by glittering white sand beaches and the perfect location to explore more of Sicily’s wild west.
Here at Sicily4U, we carefully hand pick our accommodation to ensure that our extensive list of Sicilian villas and self-catered apartments offer only the best of experiences. Ideal for couples and families as well as larger groups travelling together, choosing one of our self-catered properties allows you to enjoy much more of your own space than you are likely to find in a hotel or resort complex. With each individual holiday home offering its own stylish decor and amenities, we are confident we can help you find your dream holiday home. Enjoy the sights of Selinunte with a stay in our slick, modern abode, Villa Farfalla, with its private pool, BBQ area and outstanding views out over the countryside to the magnificent temples nearby. Alternatively, consider Villa Mandala, located in the nearby town of Castelvetrano, with its Far Eastern-style decor and peaceful pool area – just the spot to unwind and relax. As well as exploring our apartments and villas in Selinunte, discover the properties showcased in our collections or click on our location guide for more details on the different regions of Sicily.
With an assortment of sights to please a range of tastes, history buffs, nature lovers and sun seekers will all enjoy a stay in the Selinunte region of Sicily.
Explore this ancient seat of Greek civilisation and allow yourself to be transported back in time by the beautiful ruins. Highlights include the impressively towering Doric columns of Temple E, a street of crumbling shops from the old town and the sacrificial altars of the Malophorus sanctuary. If you travel by car, another key sight is the Cave di Cusa, situated around 13 miles from the archaeological park itself. Here you will find the mighty quarries that provided the stones for the city’s temples, abandoned once news of the Carthaginian attack reached the ears of the workers.Give yourself at least half a day to thoroughly explore this perfectly preserved collection of ruins and bring sun protection, sensible shoes and perhaps a picnic to enjoy in the shady valley.
A welcome respite from the heat and dust of the archaeological park, the charming fishing village of Marinella di Selinunte offers breezy sea views and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Sicily. The five kilometre stretch of sugar-spun sand offers a lido, restaurants and various forms of entertainment to keep visitors staying in villas or apartments in Selinunte occupied during both the day and evening.
Discover the natural wonders of Sicily at Belice Nature Reserve, an expanse of land measuring a colossal 130 hectares. The unspoilt beach, Foce del Belice, is a paradisal streak of golden sand whilst its boardwalk paths spiderweb off through picturesque pinewoods and sand dunes, ideal for rambling walks. The mouth of the Belice river is a hotspot for interesting fauna and flora, so keep your eye out for the wide variety of birds including herons and ducks that call this park home.
From Selinunte, you might choose to visit the nearest town of Castelvetrano, a half hour bus ride away. The town is an agricultural destination that deals in the cultivation of vineyards and olive groves – just the place for fans of Sicilian cuisine to experiment. Alternatively, the historical harbour town of Trapani is just over an hour’s drive away with its picturesque Old Town and glittering salt flats, whilst Mazara del Vallo with its Arabian ambience and labyrinthine streets also makes for a destination worth writing home about. With a stay in our Selinunte villas or apartments, the world of western Sicily is your oyster.