Set in the amazing landscape of the south-west coast of Sicily, Mazara del Vallo rises on the navigable outlet of the river Mazaro.
Mazara is the first fishing port of Italy and it benefits of a strategic position on the Mediterranean sea, between Africa and Europe.
Mazara has many different origins and proudly shows the traces of the different dominations that have followed during the centuries.
In 1157, the Arab geographer El Idrissi defined the Sicilian city as “a gorgeous city, an essential destination for the Arab travelers and merchants in order to export the products of our markets”.
Ancient port of call of the Phoenicians, Mazara stayed longtime under the aegis of the near city of Selinunte, before the arrival of the Carthaginians (in the V century B.C.) and the roman colonization.
The Phoenicians chose the name of Mazar that means “fortress” to indicate the hardness of the city that is characterized by labyrinthic paths and narrow streets.
Renamed la Selinuntina during the Middle Ages, the city became a prosperous urban center during the Arab and Norman domination.
The economy of the city is mainly based on the presence of a fleet of fishing boats and an important fishing industry.
Located at only 200 kilometers from the coasts of Tunisia, Mazara is a multicultural and multi ethnical city.
Its streets and its back alleys have an attractive oriental taste coming from the presence of the perfectly integrated Maghreb community and the Arab-Norman style characterizing the architecture and the urban design.
The charm of Mazara is enriched by the presence of the canal harbor animated everyday by an intense activity linked to the fish selling.
Near the fishing boats corroded by the sea, the screams of the sellers mixes with the sea breeze and the docks of the port shine with fresh fish.
Caressed by the waves of the Mediterranean sea, Mazara benefits from a mild climate all year long that facilitates the explosion of a blooming nature.
Its territory extends from Capo Feto to Capo Granitola alternating coasts of sand to rocky areas.