The sea and what to see in Scopello

Dove si trova Scopello

Scopello is a small but charming seaside village, it is the southern gate of the Zingaro Nature Reserve about 40 kilometers from Trapani. The town is organized around the central square, Piazza Nettuno, near which is the famous farmhouse, dating back to the eighteenth century.

According to some, the beauty of the place was captured by Homer, who set it as the final stage prior to the return of Ulysses to Ithaca: the Island of the Phaeacians would be just the bay of Scopello.

It is not clear if its name, which probably alludes to the presence of volcanic stacks, derived from the greek or latin (or scopelos scopulus respectively). It was destroyed by a tsunami, and what remained, are exceptional testimonies to the past, still sunk in the nearby waters. Today it is one of  most engaged by tourists.

The sea is like a dream: the stacks emerge impressively out of the crystal clear water, opposite the ancient tunaries, characterizing the landscape. The tunary which lays on part of the beach, was built in the thirteenth century, renovated during the eighteenth century and abandoned only in 1981.

The coast nestles picturesque bays, suitable for those who cannot help themselves by diving in with mask and snorkel. Do not miss Guidaloca Bay, further south, the beach is small but still cozy and charming, set across a green length and a large rocky ridge. It is possible to rent umbrellas and chairs.

In the immediate surroundings there are numerous dive sites, some a little busier, while others are decidedly more secret: Cala Bianca, Cala Rossa and Punta Pispisa are chosen by the most daring and reached only by boat, given the difficulty of the dive into the sea.

Cala Mazzo however, hides a small beach of white sand in front of a beautiful turquoise sea. To get there, you will need to take a dirt road.
To the south, Scopello is a stage of departure for excursions and trekking inside the Natural Reserve of the Zingaro, a place to discover unspoiled landscapes.

In the evening Scopello becomes a place for walking and fine cuisine, where it will not be difficult to find among the narrow streets of the village, restaurants or taverns to taste the delicacies of the local cuisine as well as fresh fish and several couscous dishes prepared with genuine products of the ‘hinterland of Trapani.

Along with San Vito lo Capo, Scopello is a popular choice by Italians and foreign tourists for the coast of Trapani.