Scopello risen at the end of the 18th century around the "baglio", on a previous arab country house (Sicily is full of baglio). The name of Scopello probably derives from the Greek "scopelos" (rock), from the Latin "scopellum" (rock) and from the arab "iscubul iactus" (high rock).
Human presence is dated since the prehistoric period , well known for the good fishing area, so that the Greeks called it "Cetaria", that means "earth of the tunnys".
There was the Arabs that founded there a country house, which was inhabited by fishermen and shepherds .
In the 1200 arrive Frederic II the Swabian, who soon left because of the continuous piratic incursions. In those centuries, in fact, the pirates who infested the low Mediterranean sea, used the bay of Scopello as a base for their raids: mooring the ships behind the stacks, they were practically invisible from the open sea.
There are some towers in this area and probabaly they were part of a system of defense and communication distributed along all the perimeter of the Sicily: communicating among the fire, by night and with the smoke during the day, The oldest, probably built up by the Arabs to protect the "tonnara",.
You can find solke others in Scopello: the Doria tower, on the terrace that faces the bay, , the Bennistra tower, on the top of a mount in the south of the "baglio" and that dominates the entire gulf of Castellammare.
The "tonnara" (thunny-fishing structure), known since a long time ago, worked until few years ago, together with the"baglio", the buildings and the warehouses. The zone has been known since ancient times because of the abundance of tunnys, which were fished in its sea, so much that the Greeks called it "Cetaria", that means "earth of the tunnys".
I tried to find a place with the normal sicilian price, but everywhere there is a 10% more minimum...I dined in a terrace restaurant, opened only during the summer and the quality was not so good...it's better to eat a Pane Cunzato.......that is more priced that in Palermo!
Nighttime = good time
This place is really amazing due to it’s unbelievable choice in good beer, wonderful wines, sexy cocktails and charming owner Diego. Put all this ingredients together, add some good music and here it is: the most cozy place to be in Castellammare Del Golfo when the evening comes!
Diego is a very friendly guy, speaks a couple of European languages, makes incredible cocktails and is also able to help you if you want to rent a bike, take a dive or do some climbing and/or trekking in the beautiful surroundings.
In the summer they often organize live music evenings and you can also use your laptop on their wi-fi free spot.
Dress Code: no dress code
We used the bus to get around as we didn't have a hire car (which was very expensive, partly because I am under 25). We got buses from Castellamare del Golfo to Segesta, Reserva Natural dello Zingaro, Palermo and Trapani. We used three different bus companies for these journeys (Tarantola, AST and Russo). All the buses we got were bang on time, and all were cheap: about 7 euros for a return trip, each leg of which takes one hour. The bus drivers were friendly, even though we spoke no Italian. All the buses were air conditioned or had all the windows open, so they were comfortable.
The timetables were however a little inconvenient, and we had to get up early a few days. Also, the buses do not wait around, so you have to make sure you are at the bus station on time!
Favorite thing: Towns and villages in Sicily are full of people going about their business and Castellammare del Golfo is no exception