In the Gulf of Castellamare lies the beautiful seaside town of Balestrate. Though only about 6,000 residents in the off-season, during the summer the town is teeming with more than 30,000 people, as vacationers from cooler climates flock to the beach and warm sun. Once known for the abundance of cuttlefish in its waters, today the town's claim to fame is its sandy beach that stretches for miles and miles, with water that is all shades of blue and green, Balestrate offers everything a summer paradise should. If you happen to be there during the tourist season, there are always carnivals, performances, and sports events going on. And don't forget to try the local favorite, a little local Marsala wine with some authentic Sicilian food.
Culture lovers will find plenty to love as well. The Castle of Calatubo stands imposingly on the cliffs over Balestrate, and the small Catholic church of St. Anna was once at the center of town. Alcamo, Castellammare del Golfo, Scopello, and Partinico are just a few of the towns nearby. And of course, the larger cities of Palermo and Trapani have more historic buildings and churches than anyone could possibly visit in a single day. Though there are plenty of hotels in Balestrate, in the summer season they can fill up fast, so be sure to book your hotel in advance with EasyToBook.com.
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