Marzamemi, a charming village on the Mediterranean coast: discover what to see, the beaches and where to stay

A charming village on the Sicilian coast, a few kilometres from Siracusa, the Val di Noto and the splendid Vendicari nature reserve.

Characterised by its old tuna fishery, narrow streets and fishermen's houses, Marzamemi is now one of Sicily's top holiday destinations, with beautiful beaches, cosy restaurants and nightlife.

What to see in Marzamemi?

Once in Marzamemi you will be greeted by the mighty tufa walls of the historic Tonnara (tuna fishery), standing like ancient guardians of the village steeped in salt and saltiness; the adjacent loggia, with its majestic arches, originally used as a shelter for barges; the old fishermen's harbour; the mysterious and fairy-tale private courtyard of the Palazzo dei Principi Bonaccorsi di Reburdone and the nearby Piazza Regina Margherita, the meeting place and lounge of the entire village.

Vendicari Reserve: nature and beauty by the sea

If you love natural beauty, an unspoilt landscape awaits you just a few minutes from Marzamemi. Dominated by the Torre Sveva and the Tonnara, the Vendicari Nature Reserve will enchant you with its numerous species of birds such as royal swans, wild geese and flamingos.

The Sea of Marzamemi and its wonderful beaches

For lovers of sun and sea, there is no shortage of dream beaches. Marzamemi is chosen every year by thousands of tourists from all over the world for unforgettable summer holidays, thanks to the numerous small beaches scattered along the coast as well.
For those who love surprises, don't miss the Isola delle Correnti - where the Mediterranean and Ionian Seas meet - connected to the beach by a strip of land that can only be walked across during low tides.
The perfect destination for those who want instead to enjoy a beach holiday in total tranquillity without giving up any comforts, are the shores of the Caribbean beach of San Lorenzo.
The Carratois beach (or Playa Carratois) has a much livelier atmosphere and is the location of choice for many young people for drinks and aperitifs by the sea.
Finally, for lovers of unspoilt nature, the intimate and reserved Eloro beach - close to the Vendicari oasis - or the Cittadella beach, reached by a characteristic staircase of stone steps, are natural paradises not to be missed.

Fish restaurants and Sicily's excellent wines

It is impossible not to be tempted by the excellent food and wine on offer in the restaurants and fish taverns dotted along the coast. You can enjoy seafood menus, local seafood products and numerous tuna based offerings, this being the main catch of Marzamemi. You will be won over by the tuna roe - a poor food once used only by fishermen and now renowned and considered "the caviar of the Mediterranean" -, you will be amazed by the delicacy of the ventresca - the noblest part of the tuna - as well as by the raw seafood and the unmissible “coppi” with fried fish.
Lots of gourmet innovations paired with some of Italy's most interesting native wine labels. Fresh and intense wines, a treasure trove of the scents of the Sicilian countryside and the natural power of Etna.
These include the elegant and delicate Etna Bianco, a wine with hints of white-fleshed fruit and marine notes, Cataratto, with its refined bouquet and citrus scents, Carricante, a full-bodied white wine with herbaceous and floral notes, and Inzolia, fresh and pungent, capable of releasing pleasant balsamic sensations.
A riot of flavours and sensations that will culminate at dessert time, when traditional Sicilian pastries will be served made with almonds, pistachios or ricotta cheese, such as the famous Cannolo Siciliano, now in several variations, or fruit and citrus desserts accompanied by liqueur wines such as Zibibbo, Malvasia, Passito and the prized Moscato di Noto.

Where to stay in Marzamemi? Discover Hotel Quattro Cuori for a dream holiday in Sicily

What are you waiting for? Book your holiday in Sicily to immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea and be enchanted by the wonders of Marzamemi. In the nearby town of Portopalo di Capo Passero, the southernmost destination in Italy, Hotel Quattro Cuori is the best solution for those who don't want to give up anything.
A few minutes from the centre of Marzamemi, a small and elegant hotel with SPA, equipped with every comfort and immersed in total tranquillity, an unforgettable experience to be lived.
And from Portopalo di Capo Passero you can travel with great ease to the nearby towns of Val di Noto, the beaches and natural areas of the Vendicari park.
At the end of the day, when you come back from your tours, Quattro Cuori Boutique Hotel & SPA will be ready to welcome you to relax with wellness treatments, traditional, oriental and holistic massages and, on request, the exclusive use of the Spa to enjoy moments of pure relaxation can be booked.
Contact us now to discover the holiday packages reserved for our guests, discover the beauty of south-eastern Sicily and share a dream holiday with us at Quattro Cuori Hotel.

Marzamemi and surroundings

From Quattro Cuori Boutique Hotel & SPA you can embark on a tour to nearby towns that will quickly lead the to discovery of the majestic beauty of the late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto. Eight beautiful locations on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Militello di Val di Catania, Catania, Caltagirone, Modica, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa, Scicli and Noto - the capital of Sicilian Baroque - or the splendid city of Syracuse connected to the island of Ortigia, home to imposing civil palaces, historic noble residences and numerous religious structures, first and foremost the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which stands on the highest point of the island and dominates the entire area. From Quattro Cuori you can easily reach the most beautiful destinations in south-eastern Sicily.