Mazara del Vallo is a medium-sized city in South-Western Sicily, most famous for being one of the leading fishing harbour of Italy and the centre where the Dancing Satyr is hosted. It is part of the province of Trapani.
The inhabitants usually speak both Italian and Sicilian. However, most of them (especially the oldest ones) are definitely not proficient in English. There is also a large Arab community, originally from Northern Africa.
Mazara del Vallo is linked by train, among the others, to two cities where an airport has place, Trapani (50 minutes) and Palermo (about 2 hours and 45 minutes).
Buses from Palermo are operated every hour until 9pm/10pm by private company Autoservizi Salemi [www.autoservizisalemi.it/], and take about 2 hours. Bus connections to and from other cities, such as Agrigento, Sciacca and Trapani are less frequent.
Trapani-Birgi airport (Ryanair was the only air company working there but now it finish the service) it's 45km far away. Airport must be reached with local taxi (cost 20€ per person), since there is no bus service.
By sailing boat
Mazara's marina is run by a private association, called Adina www.adina.it. It's often used by sailing boat for wintering (for it's price and see/wind protection).
Mazara del Vallo is connected to Palermo, and its airport, by the A29 highway (also known as Palermo-Mazara del Vallo). This highway, as many other in Sicily, is free.
You can reach Mazara del Vallo from the airports of Palermo (1hour and 10 minutes) and Trapani (40 minutes).
Relatively to the city itself, Mazara has a particularly poor urban bus service, and bus stops are often even very hard to find. However, Mazara is also relatively easy to be visited without any kind of transportation, because of the dimensions of its downtown.
Mazara is a small but very active city. It is thus very easy to find oneself stuck in the traffic, especially in the downtown during the late afternoon and the 12-14h period.
Mazara del Vallo is frequently linked during the day to many interesting destination, such as Marsala (20 minutes) and Castelvetrano-Selinunte (25 minutes). Prices are fairly cheap.
During the summer period, a daily ferry boat link to the minor island of Pantelleria, powered by Tirrenia, is available.
- The Dancing Satyr, a bronze statue discovered by a fishing boat, and almost immediately became the emblem of the city.
- The Norman Arc, that is the only remains of the old Castle, built during the flourishing occupation of Mazara by the Normans led by King Roger I of Sicily.
- The Casbah, the old city centre built up during the Arab period.
- Several churches, amongst others San Nicolò Regale and San Vito a Mare.
- Beaches. The beaches of Mazara del Vallo occupy several kilometers alternating long, sandy beaches with several sections of rocks. There are situated beaches (spiaggia) Tonnarella, Capo Feto Calla dei Turchi, La quarara. edit
- Cinema Grillo, Via San Giuseppe, 27, Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 394 1144, . edit
- Diving (Pros Diving Center), Lungomare Fata Morgana, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 328 612 1453 ([email protected]), . edit
- Kitesurfing Mazara Capo Feto, ☎ +39 366 327 9912, . edit
- Teatro Garibaldi, Via Carmine, 17, 91026 Mazara del Vallo. edit
- Walk along Lungomare S. Vito. edit
- Al Pesciolino d'Oro, Lungomare San Vito, Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 390 9286, . Restaurant Pizzeria edit
- Al Solito Posto, Via Salvatore di Giorgi, 14, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +, . Pizzeria edit
- Arena, Via Bessarione, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 365 1588. Bar Pasticceria edit
- Borgo del Mazzaro, Via Lungo Mazzaro Ducezio, 42, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 393 1619. Restaurant edit
- Pizza Planet Mazara, Via Monsignore Costantino Trapani, 40, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 393 1897, . Restaurant edit
- Villa Serandy, Via Michele Cascella, 91026 Santa Maria, ☎ +39 331 104 4510. Restaurant edit
- Bar Gelatto, Lungomare Fata Morgana, 288, 91026 Mazara del Vallo. Ice cream Bar edit
- Ciolla's S.r.l., Lungomare S. Vito, 57, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 394 2067, . Espresso Bar edit
- Cult Wine Bar, Via S. Giuseppe, 11, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 336 4808 (https://www.cultwinebar.com/), . Wine Bar edit
- Lido baywatch, Lungomare Fata Morgana, 256, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +. Bar edit
- Lido Kiki's, Lungomare S. Vito, 195A, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 347 553 7309. Cafe edit
- Marameo, Lungomare Fata Morgana, 91026 Mazara del Vallo. Bar Restaurant edit
- Constance Resort Garden, Via Salemi, Km 7, 100, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 367 5000 ([email protected]), . Blue Hotel edit
- D'Angelo Palace, Lungomare Fata Morgana, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 394 4093, . Hotel edit
- Dolce Vita, Via Salerno, 11, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 340 518 9125. B&B Villa. Tourist guide. edit
- Greta Rooms Hotel, Via Bessarione, 107, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 092 365 3735 ([email protected]), . Hotel edit
- Hopps, Lungomare Giacomo Hopps, 29, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 0923 933 508 ([email protected]), . Hotel edit
- Sporting Club Village, Contrada Bocca Arena, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, ☎ +39 0923 947230 ([email protected]), . Hotel edit
- Marsala (20 minutes by train) is the most populated city in the province. It is home for the marsala wine, a historical city founded by the Romans, and a very active place.
- Trapani (45 minutes by train) is the capital city of the province. From Trapani, it is possible to reach Erice, a relevant touristic place and home for several world science meetings.
- Castelvetrano (25 minutes by train) is home of the Greek ruins of Selinunte, a must for the place.
- Pantelleria is a pretty beautiful minor island in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, with a very active nightlife during the warmer months of the year.