Selinunte is a village on the south coast of Sicily, Italy. On the south west coast of Sicily, not far from Mazara del Vallo, lies one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and the area’s famous ruins of the Greek city, Selinus. It lies between the valleys of the rivers Belice and Modione in the province of Trapani. The area is host to many holiday accommodations and lodging, including vacation rentals, villa rentals, condo rentals and apartment rentals.
Selinunte is beautifully located, sitting on a high plain and overlooking the sea. It is flanked on either side by golden beaches and, being almost 1km wide, is an excellent excuse for a good walk, though it is also possible to get around on electric buggies. Some accommodation, vacation rental, condo rental, apartment rental and villa rental options are dotted long the seafront with beautiful views. There are a couple of good local bars in the village in front of the small harbour serving snacks year-round. There are restaurants open during the high season, and most evenings. Visitors can enjoy the quiet beaches and it is a good place to relax.
The Selnius complex is large and impressive, with excellent views over the coastline beyond. Near the entrance are three temples: one imposingly re-erected, one partially rebuilt and one a huge pile of stone columns and lintels. Further on is the Acropolis - the former city has some monumental protective walls, especially impressive is the North Gate. Inside are another four temples, again in varying states of repair. Within the area surrounded by the walls are the remains of three temples, all of the Doric order, and of an ancient style; none of them were standing until the temple designated "Temple E" was re-erected in the 20th century, but the foundations of them all remain, together with numerous portions of columns and other architectural fragments. The surrounding area’s accommodations, vacation rentals, villa rentals and apartment rentals bask in the historic importance of this site.
Nearby, about 10km to the east, is another gem for those with a passion for ancient history: the Cave di Cusa. This quarry is remarkable for as it has remained exactly as it was over 2,000 years ago when Selinunte was razed to the ground and its stone masons had to flee for their lives, leaving behind them enormous, half-extracted pieces of column, cut directly from the rock. The quarry provides a perfect demonstration of how the temples at Selinunte were built and how the local craftsmen and engineers set about constructing their masterpieces.
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