Selinunte: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Located on the west coast of Sicily, in the Trapani area, Selinunte was an important Greek colony, founded between the th and rd centuries BC Today it is a small seaside village where you can spend a holiday by the sea. Do not miss the visit to Selinunte Archaeological Park, where you will be able to walk among the ruins of an ancient Greek city: a unique experience.
Great food, spectacular nature and history, here's what to see in Selinunte!


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

10 things to see in Selinunte in a weekend

1 - Archaeological Park

The main attraction is the largest Archaeological Park in Europe.
It is a large area that covers 270 hectares, in which the ruins of a real ancient city arise.
It is divided into Acropolis, the promontory where you can visit temples and fortifications, Collina di Manuzza, north of the Acropolis, where the town square is located, the Agora, Collina Orientale, outside the walls, where the three great temples, Collina della Gaggera, where to visit a sacred area where the sanctuary of Malophoros, of Zeus Meilichios, the Temple of Hera Matronale and the Temple M. Necropoli are located, Artisan District, area dedicated to the work of ceramics, with the presence of several furnaces, the Byzantine Baptistery, which is located at the mouth of the river Modione.

  • viale Selinunte; 15 minutes walk from the marina - Get directions
  • 09: 00 / 17: 00
  • € 6,00, reduced € 3,00, free for under 18s. Free visit on the first Sunday of each month

2 - Cave of Cusa

Located 11 km west of Selinunte, in the municipality of Campobello di Mazara, the quarries are one magnificent testimony of the work carried out by Selinunte engineers to build the buildings that made up the city.
The quarries, in fact, stand on a rocky bank, exactly where the pieces of rock were cut, worked and then sent to Selinunte.
The works in this area were active since the th century BC but were interrupted with the conquest of the territory by the Punics.
Visiting this work area, now abandoned for a long time, it is possible to imagine the fine organization of this great people.

  • 11 km west of Selinunte, reachable by car in about 25 minutes - Get directions
  • visit allowed by reservation
  • € 6,00, reduced € 3,00

3 - Belice Foce Nature Reserve

It is a protected natural area that extends for 112 hectares, covering the area that goes from Marinella di Selinunte to Porto Palo.
The reserve is made up of different types of landscape, from golden sand dunes, the evergreen vegetation, and the mouth with its inlets and exotic-looking environments.
Within the area you can follow paths even a couple of hours to go on foot, but also by quad bike or on horseback.
Among the fauna you can meet the Caretta Caretta turtle, which comes here to lay its eggs, in one of the few places in Sicily.

  • between Marinella di Selinunte and Porto Palo, along the coast of Selinunte - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Beach and La Pineta Reserve

It is a stretch of free beach, with some bathing establishments. The water is clear, the sand is golden and there is a great diversity of flora and fauna.
La Pineta is located right next to the Nature Reserve, so it follows the landscape and the vivid environment. Close to the beach there is a parking lot, where you can leave your car and then continue on foot for a few minutes, going down a staircase.
The beach is also suitable for families with children, but it is advisable not to carry too many bags and various equipment, considering that the walk could be tiring (especially with high summer temperatures).

  • 13 minutes walk from the marina, go down a staircase - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

5 - Selinuntino Civic Museum

In the small museum of Castelvetrano, 13 km from Selinunte, tourists have the opportunity to admire the artifacts that tell the story of the ancient Greeks in Sicily.
These finds were found during the excavations in the ruins of Selinunte, and among all theEfebo, a bronze statue 85 cm high, representing a child: probably it is the god Dionysus.
Also on display are objects from the Byzantine era, and numerous Greek coins and ceramics.

  • via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 50, Castelvetrano; 16 minutes by car from Selinunte - Get directions
  • lun-sab 9:00/18:30, domenica 9:00/13:00
  • € 2,50

6 - Mother Church of Castelvetrano

Located in the center of Castelvetrano and dating back to 1500, the church is a building that appears externally impressive but simple, with a massive bell tower.
The interiors, on the other hand, are sumptuous, rich in decorations and works of art, which were inserted into the church during the 600th and 700th centuries.
Among the works that adorn the sacred space, the altarpiece of the Assumption stands out, made in 1619 by Orazio Ferraro, a Sicilian painter of the Baroque period.

  • Piazza Carlo d'Aragona 42, Castelvetrano; 20 minutes by car from Selinunte - Get directions
  • Mon-Wed 9: 00/18: 30, Sun and holidays from 9: 00/18: 30
  • free

7 - Triscina of Selinunte

It is a seaside resort a few kilometers from the Selinunte Archelogical Park, where the golden sand and clear sea stretch for 5 km.
The beaches are also suitable for families with children and, in addition to the free stretches, there are also numerous bathing facilities.
Characteristic of this village are the sand dunes in the stretch that connects it to Selinunte.
One of the attractions to be discovered is represented by the beautiful seabed of Triscina: those who want to dive, here will discover a truly rich underwater world.

  • 20 minutes by car from Selinunte - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Beach Casello 11

At 12 km from Selinunte, there is this beautiful beach, of small size and completely unspoiled.
The sand is of red-brown color, with clear bottoms, ideal for those who want to spend a few hours immersed in a sea landscape with North African features.
In the surroundings you will also happen to spot donkeys that move freely in nature.
The beach is accessible by car, but the car park is quite small, with a maximum capacity of 10 vehicles.
The path to get to the beach is not easily practicable, it covers a distance of about 150 m and you have to pay attention.

  • 16 minutes by car from Selinunte - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Enchantment of the fish

During a stay in Selinunte, the tradition of the enchantment of freshly caught fish is unmissable, an event that takes place every morning at 7:00 in the Piazza Scalo di Bruca.
It is a real fish auction, whose origin dates back to several decades ago.
The fishermen show the freshly caught fish overnight, placing it on several boxes, weigh it and then the auction begins.
Potential buyers, therefore, can win the fish through a show of hands, thus "enchanting" the price, just as if it were a market of the past.

  • via Scalo di Bruca, near the port of Selinunte - Get directions
  • every day from 07: 00
  • free

10 - Acropolis beach

Spectacular beach, not only for the golden sand and crystal clear water, but also for the strategic position: from here you can admire splendid sunsets over the ruins of the Selinunte Archaeological Park.
You will find both stretches of free beach and some well-equipped bathing establishments, able to guarantee every comfort.
You can leave your car in the nearby car park and then take a path in a few minutes through the grove, which leads directly to the sea.
Compared to other beaches, here in Acropolis you will often meet several tourists, so it is among the most crowded.

  • via Pigafetta; 6 minutes walk from the marina - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Selinunte in one day: recommended itinerary

Start the day with breakfast at the Bar Enoteca, where you can enjoy an excellent granita prepared according to the original Sicilian recipe (€ 3,50).
Then reach the magnificent Selinunte Archaeological Park, where you can spend at least a couple of hours among the ruins of a city that still speaks of Greece and the polis, of sacred gods and ancient customs (€ 6,00, 9: 00-17: 00).
After the tour, approach the area of Port of Selinunte, reach Piazza Empedocle, from where you will have a beautiful view of the Ionian Sea.

For lunch, stop at the tables of Lido Tukè, where you can enjoy excellent fish, right on the marina (€ 28,00). In the afternoon reach the La Pineta beach (15 minutes on foot).
Enjoy a couple of hours of relaxing in the sun on the golden sand and then set off on a magnificent tour of the adjacent Mouth Belice Oriented Nature Reserve, where you can lose yourself among landscapes with North African tones, with vivid and very green vegetation that frames the waterways of the Belice river. Watch the sunset explode over the sea from here.

For dinner, head back to the beach for a candlelit dinner at the Pineta Ristorante (€ 30,00). In the evening, enjoy the many cafes in via Pigafetta.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Bar Enoteca, Via Giovanni Caboto - Get directions
  2. Selinunte Archaeological Park (9:00 to 17:00, € 6,00 full price, € 3,00 reduced)
  3. Empedocles Square
  4. Lunch at Lido Tukè - Get directions
  5. La Pineta beach
  6. Mouth Belice Oriented Nature Reserve
  7. Dinner at La Pineta Ristorante - Get directions

Where to eat in Selinunte: the best restaurants

  1. Lido La Pineta restaurant: directly on the most beautiful beach of Selinunte, renowned for the quality of the fish, in the evening the tables are set directly on the sand near the shore.
    Average price per person: € 40,00
    Address and contacts: Via Punta Cantone (Get directions) / tel: 092446820
  2. Boomerang restaurant: near the Archaeological Park, it offers menus of fresh fish caught in the day
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Piazzale delle Metope (Get directions) / tel: 3356563751
  3. DAG restaurant pizzeria: restaurant near the port, large portions of fish and pizza
    Average price per person: € 28,00
    Address and contacts: Via Ermocrate, 4 (Get directions) / tel: 092446663

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Selinunte

In Selinunte it is possible to spend quiet evenings having an aperitif in very suggestive locations, both in the port area and close to the sea, perhaps sitting in a strategic position, with the profiles of the ruins of the Archaeological Park behind you.
Numerous clubs they organize evenings with music and DJ sets until late at night, but as far as discos are concerned, there is Nirvana Discoteque but it is still advisable to move to the mazara del vallo area where you can find the Batita.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Want me: place to have an aperitif with sea view and music and DJ sets until late at night / Address: Via Marco Polo (Get directions)
  • KLÌMAKA: characteristic place in the pedestrian center of Marinella di Selinunte, music until late at night / Address: Via Marco Polo, 43 (Get directions)
  • Nirvana Discoteque: historic disco with theme nights / Address: SP56, Castelvetrano (Get directions)
  • Penguin Bar: historic place in the square of the port Scalo di Bruca, excellent mixology and music selection / Address: Via del Cantone (Get directions)
  • Sirocco: wine bar in the square of the port Scalo di Bruca, organizes events and live music / Address: Via del Cantone (Get directions)

Plan your stay in Selinunte: info and useful tips

  • from Trapani or Palermo airport with private transfers (from € 80,00 for 4 pers), by train to Castelvetrano (1 h 20 min, € 4,80) and from there the Salemi company bus to Selinunte (€ 1,50, 30, 29 min) or by car from the A motorway, Castelvetrano exit. Alternatively, join a private tour from Trapani
  • Getting around: to visit the center, the port area and the Archaeological Park you can move us on foot, but to get around and to reach some beaches you need to use a car or a scooter
  • Where to park: at the entrance to the archaeological park there is a large free car park. Also close to the various beaches there are several free parking areas, while in the center the hourly rate is € 0,70
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: 35 km away is Mazara del Vallo, with an Arab-Norman appearance; at 90 km there is Trapani, from where you can set sail for the Egadi Islands; Agrigento, 95 km away, where you can visit the Valley of the Temples

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