Castles of Sicily tour: welcome to forte spagnolo di Portopalo
- Published: 4 marzo 2016
- Category: Places to See
- The so-called forte spagnolo of Portopalo di Capo Passero is a Swabian-Aragonese fortress: presumably, its construction took place between the Twelfth century and Thirteenth century.
- Originally, its structure was very simple. Over the centuries, the fort was repeatedly strengthened and enlarged. Especially during the reign of Charles V in the Sixteenth century.
- The fort was built on Capo Passero island as a bulwark against the devastating pirate raids.
The forte spagnolo of Portopalo di Capo Passero is among the most important east Sicily castle: it’s a square-plan building built on a 20 meters high plateau and there are few windows in its walls.
A long staircase leads to the castle entrance: on the top of the entrance there’s a limestone coat of arms representing the imperial eagle. The upper floor housed the lodgings of the soldiers. In the parish church, as confirmed by some gravestones, probably the dead were buried during the Seventeenth century.
How to get there
During a vacation to Catania, the forte spagnolo of Portopalo di Capo Passero is a good idea for a pleasant excursion. To get there from the city near Etna:
- Take the A18 motorway to Noto
- From Noto, take the county road 19 to Pachino
- From Pachino, take the county road 21 to Portopalo di Capo Passero
The journey by car takes about 2 hours.
Image source: Di Azotoliquido – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0