The Sagesta baths offer a refreshing break during a tour of western Sicily. We find Segesta Baths ten kilometers from the ancient Segesta.
The water was known to have healing properties for the Romans and Greeks. The Arabs found this area after the fall of Rome and built a castle on top of it. This castle is called the Calathamet Castle. It means Castle baths.
The River Caldo di Segesta water seeps through porous rocks and comes in contact with underground magma temperatures that can reach 47 degrees Celsius. Alkaline and sulfur water are effective for skin diseases, and have a beneficial effect upon rheumatism.
A mythological tale relates to the heat of the water. According to the early Greeks who lived in the area the river God Krimisos raised the temperature to heat Egesta Nymph, fleeing from the devastated Troy. Because of the river’s warm waters and medical properties, the Trojan refugees chose this location.
A SPA was constructed in the sixties. Today, we can enjoy a cuddle in one of three pools.
Let’s follow a country road to reach the ancient baths. We will reach the Pole del Cremiso.
We must not forget our camera. It will be invaluable to capture the beauty of the landscape, which is filled with small waterfalls, rocks between reeds, tamarisk, and white and rose travertine. Let’s take a look around. Let’s go to the Segesta archaeological site with its Doric temples, and its theater that faces CastellammareGulf in the North. The scenery is stunning, with the mountains and sea stretching out before your eyes.
Let’s leave Segesta, and we will move towards the fishing village Castellammare del Golfo, passing churches, beautiful buildings and beaches.
Let’s go towards Scopello to discover the stacks as well as the old Tuna Factory. The “baglio” is an ancient place where you can enjoy the delicious pane Cunzato, a traditional bread with tomato, anchovies and olive oil. It also contains “caciocavallo”, a Sicilian cheese.
The Riserva is a place you must see, with its coves and sandy beaches.
Let’s close the tour.
San Vito lo Capo
Let’s go to the town and see what it has to offer.
Relax on the sandy beaches and admire the multi-shaded blue waters.