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Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

With such an important name, it cannot fail to arouse curiosity in the traveler who finds himself wandering in this part of Sicily. This country is part of themetropolitan area of ​​Messina, together with Milazzo, Castroreale and other small villages nestled in the hills. For centuries under Spanish rule, the territory was entrusted to the Aragon family who developed the city until it became an important commercial center. Today it is a popular tourist destination for the sea, the beautiful beaches, the sites of interest scattered in the area and the nearby spas. Let's find out what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto in a weekend
  2. What to see in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto
  5. Plan your stay in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto in a weekend

1 - Cathedral of San Sebastiano

Not to be missed, this church rises imposingly over the city almost in contrast to the small size of the village. Neoclassical style and a majestic dome 16 meters in diameter, it also offers the visitor a beautiful interior with three naves, with wooden statues and tables from the 1700s and 1800s.

  • in the historic center, on Via Alfieri, can be reached on foot in less than 10 minutes, along via Umberto I from the station, up to the intersection with via Carducci - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Sanctuary of S. Antonio

This sanctuary consists of a beautiful church with adjoining convent. Since 1613 the Observant Friars Minor have dedicated themselves to the cult of Sant'Antantonio da Padova and have made the sanctuary an important destination for Christian pilgrims. The crucifix on the altar is from the th century



  • in Piazza del Convento, just outside the historic center, you can reach the train station in 30 minutes on foot or by bus no.2 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Church of San Giovanni Battista

Declared a national monument in 1969, this magnificent church is located at the entrance to the city, in the San Giovanni district and was the first building in Barcelona, ​​from where the urban agglomeration developed at the behest of the Spanish, in 1635. The facade is it has two bell towers and statues inserted in aedicules and the interior is sumptuous with frescoes and stuccos, but it is the canopied altar that leaves the visitor breathless.

  • from the station you can reach it in less than 10 minutes on foot, along via Vittorio until via Vespri and vicolo del Convento. If you prefer the bus, take the San Giovanni line - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Ethno-anthropological Museum

In the museum 45 old workshops of arts and crafts have been reconstructed complete with approx 20 thousand period finds. For quantity and quality of the finds, it is one of the most important generalist ethno-anthropological sites in Italy. Here, study conferences on general anthropology, history, theater, architecture, music, and literature are cyclically scheduled.

  • a little outside the center, you can arrive in 10 minutes by car or by bus to the Petraro district departing from the train station - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 13: 00
  • full € 5,00 - reduced € 3,00

5 - Calderà beach

This beach stretches for many kilometers and is one of the most popular with tourists for the bathing services it offers and restaurants, but especially for thetransparent water and the spacious beach pebbly with shallow waters, which make it suitable for families with children. There are also stretches of free beach.



  • in 10 minutes, starting from the center, used the city buses or personal car. There are large parking lots facing the sea - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Castle of Milazzo

This fortified citadel has its foundations on archaeological sites dating back as far as 4.000 BC; it then developed, up to the present structure, over the centuries. Greek and Roman, Byzantine and Arab, Norman and Spanish influences contributed to embellish the entire complex, making it impressive and usable for various uses even during the I and II World Wars. In the th century it was declared a National Monument and it is one of the favorite tourist destinations of the entire Messina area.

  • by car in less than 30 minutes along the SP 72a or by Trenitalia bus in 20 minutes - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 18: 30
  • full € 5,00 - under 18 free

7 - Ancient village of Milazzo

The Borgo Antico is the historic center of Milazzo, full of medieval and Norman buildings, a beautiful central square, the Palazzo dei Vicerè, dating back to the 1783th century, and the dreaded church of the Madonna del Rosario, which until housed the Inquisition Court. Many shops and clubs accompany tourists to discover the town through the narrow streets of the center.

  • by car in less than 30 minutes along the SP 72a or by Trenitalia bus in 20 minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Pool of Venus

A beautiful walk that starts from the Borgo Antico to the end of Capo Milazzo, will take you to a natural pool, set among the rocks, and surrounded by Mediterranean scrub. The "Pool of Venus", here simply called "the lake", it is one of the most suggestive beaches of the entire coast and although there are no services or bars, it is always crowded due to its beauty and turquoise water.



  • take the SP72 to the Capo Milazzo lighthouse and then continue on foot on the path for about 15 minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Cathedral of Castroreale

Dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, this 1400th century church has a beautiful Baroque style façade and a very rich interior. Statues, shovels and tables of exquisite workmanship and from various historical periods, ranging from 1400 to 1700, follow one another and alternate in the three naves, but the most striking majesty of the pipe organ.

  • in about 20 minutes by car or by bus of the AST line, from Barcelona following the SP82 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Jalari Museum Park

Developed on 35 hectares, this park-museum offers visitors 15.000 historical artifacts located in more than 40 shops that reproduce the atmosphere of past times. All, guided through avenues and streets full of statues, gardens and water features that make the experience almost magical.

  • in about 20 minutes from Barcelona you follow the SP 79 - Get directions
  • variable according to the season. We recommend visiting the official website.
  • full € 7,00 - reduced € 6,00 (under 18 and over 60) - free for under 10

What to see in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto in one day: recommended itinerary

A well-constructed itinerary could start the tourist from Milazzo and its splendid sea. A dip in the pool of Venus is a must, as well as a visit to its castle and the old village. After strolling through the narrow medieval streets and doing some shopping, hunger may be felt.

After lunch, a bus from the train station will take you to Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, where you can admire the Duomo and the church of San Giovanni Battista up to the very interesting ethno-anthropological museum for a very interesting historical experience.

Continue, then, up to Castroreale, a few kilometers away, which can be traveled by bus or car, to visit the Cathedral and to spend the last hours of the day in an educational and magical itinerary at the Jalari Museum Park.
For dinner you can stop near Castroreale and then finish the evening in one of the trendiest clubs in Barcelona.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at the Washington Cafe, where you can enjoy the classic coffee granitas and croissants
  2. Piscina di Venere - always accessible - for a dip that gives a good wake up call
  3. Borgo Antico Milazzo - always accessible - for a walk up to the castle and some shopping
  4. Lunch at the Al Castello restaurant
  5. Minor Basilica of San Sebastiano - always accessible
  6. San Giovanni Battista - always accessible
  7. Ethno-anthropological Museum - every day from 9:00 to 13:00 - full € 5,00 - reduced € 3,00
  8. Castroreale Cathedral - always accessible
  9. Jalari Museum Park - variable hours official website - ticket price: full € 7,00 reduced € 6,00
  10. Dinner at La Torre restaurant, where you can also choose pizza

Where to eat in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto: the best restaurants

  1. To the castle: classic inn with rooms, offers simple cuisine in an informal setting
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: via Federico di Svevia, 20 - Get directions - Tel: (+39) 3454755337
  2. The Black Rose: in this simple restaurant you can eat, perhaps, the best pizza in the entire metropolitan area of ​​Messina.
    Average price per person: € 15,00
    Address and contacts: via Sant'Andrea, 173 - Get directions - Tel: (+39) 3883047864
  3. Tower: in a historic building, you can taste traditional Sicilian dishes, but also pizza. Neat and with a beautiful view.
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: via Torre di protonotaro - Get directions - Tel: (+39) 3331670928

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto

The fun is certainly not lacking. With a sea like the Sicilian one, even a simple beach bar and a bonfire will suffice. There are many pubs in the various city centers, some of which also offer quick dishes and aperitifs and are popular with both tourists and locals. As meeting places, clubs that offer live music are preferred in these parts, but also DJ sets and discos are not lacking.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Jonny wine shop: well-stocked wine shop that stays open until after dinner
    Address: via Nazionale Olivarella snc - Get directions / Facebook page
  • Capriccio Launge Bar: refined atmosphere and music from aperitif time until late at night. Well attended and with average prices
    Address: via Capo Milazzo - Get directions
  • Malarazza: disco pub that offers many evenings with live music, giving space to local artists. As a disc it offers commercial and House music
    Address: via Mendanici - Get directions / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto: info and useful tips

  • the nearest airport is Catania Fontanarossa. From here you can go up with the Sais bus company or by renting a car. Most of the Italian provincial capitals are connected to Messina with the Bus Flixbus lines with prices from € 19,00
  • Getting around: the best way to visit the Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto area and the neighboring villages is by car, so if you are not on holiday with your own we suggest a rental. The Sicily Rent company offers excellent rates from € 39,99 per day
  • Where to park: you can park in via Cicerata at the Parking, open 24 hours a day, with rates from € 1,20 per hour. In Milazzo, in via Minniti 77, the Ferrari Garage has indoor and outdoor parking spaces, but in the port area you can also find many public parking lots.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: if you have a few days, from Milazzo it is worth embarking for the Aeolian Islands. Ferries depart daily at reasonable rates even in high season. The islands are one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the Tyrrhenian Sea and a visit for a dip in splendid waters such as those of Lipari or Vulcano is definitely worth the trip.
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