General Information

"Quantum a litore maris infra terram per jactum balistae protenderit ..." 

With these words, uttered by King Federico d'Aragona in 1307, the history of Balestrate began.

The first houses of Balestrate were built in 1681 near the Church of St. Anne on the little piazza.

  • On 29 March 1820, the independent economic community of Balestrate was declared.
  • From 1835 to 1840, the first distilleries of Woodhouse, Ingham and Florio were founded.
  • Between 1842 - 1850 Filippo Evola built the Chiesa Madre (Mother Church) on the main square called "Piazza Rettore Evola".
  • On May 29th 1860 the People's Liberation fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi, on his way through Sicily, made a stop in Balestrate.
  • On 1 March 1881 the first train passed through Balestrate.

... the town’s local history continues with a marina currently under construction.


Balestrate has around 6,000 inhabitants and covers an area of approximately 387 hectares.

This idyllic village is surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea on the Gulf of Castellammare. It attracts visitors all year. They come from all over Italy, from Europe and from around the world. From spring to late autumn many are drawn to two wonderful sections of the local beach, to the east and west of the village.

The town boasts beaches of fine sand and a shimmering sea of turquoise green and azure blue. The water is warm and not very deep. The town is surrounded by a forest full of eucalyptus, pine and acacia trees, suitable for day-long excursions. Between the two strands of beach, the marina offers shelter for fishing boats, yachts and sailboats and charter boats.

Balestrate is home to many restaurants and pizzerias famous for their local culinary specialties. Many bars offer live music during the summer months.

Balestrate is the perfect location from which to enjoy the landscape and the hospitality and friendliness of the Sicilians. A visit here adds a unique experience to any holiday.


What you can see in Balestrate:

  • The marina
  • The church St. Anna 
  • The church San Pietro
  • The hermitage of the Madonna del Ponte
  • Historical Murals (wall paintings)
  • Historical sculpture
  • The castle of Calatubo
  • The ethno-anhtropologische Museum


  • Carnival parade and the dance of the shepherds (February)
  • The Feast of Saint Giuseppe (18-19 March)
  • The Via Crucis (Good Friday)
  • The Feast of the Madonna del Ponte
  • The feast of St. Peter (June 29)
  • The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15)


Current information is available under "Events".