Portopalo of Capo Passero is the more country to south of the province of Syracuse, and its particular geographical position has favored the passage for these territories of the most greater civilizations of the Mediterranean Sea. In the zone Scalo Mandrie the rests of ancient catacombs of the Christian paleo period are still visible, while in the beach great tubs are been recovered dug in the ground: they was probably ancient containers used for the workmanship of the tuna from the Greek, that drew the from the appreciated fish of this line of sea "garum", a particular spicy sauce.

The fishing of the tuna constituted in the past the pivot of the economy of the inhabitants of the zone. The establishments of the ancient Tonnara of Capo Passero represent a notable example of industrial archaeology. Really here, after the mattanza, the fish was transported for being worked to duty (polished up, disemboweled, boiled in special ovens, and finally preserved in oil of olive).

Scalo Mandrie it is one of the 4 Neighborhoods where the country is divided and it is the zone that more calls the tourists for its shore back: beaches and bluffs alternate him offering the possibility to choose to the visitor whether to stretch themselves on the naked rock after a beautiful dive in the splendid waters that caress the coast, or to tan on the soft sand of the beach fellow townsman.

In front of the beach of Scalo Mandrie there is the island of Capo Passero, an islet of volcanic nature from the characteristic form that ihas a splendid beach in front of the country, while from the other side the shore is rocky, with some particular and suggestive ravines (as for instance the Caves of the Polyp) created by the erosion of the water during the centuries.

On the tallest Part of the island of Capo Passero is risen stately the Castle Fortitude of Charles V° of Germany and king of Spain, a fortitude built in the XIV century from the Aragonese ones during their dominion in Sicily as tower of sighting and first defense against the piratical raids. It was really one of these, gudata from the Turkish pirate Draggutt to destroy the Castle, that then however was rebuilt. Currently the fortitude of Charles V° is in restructuring.

Portopalo is crossed from the Street Vittorio Emanuele, the long road that connects the two opposite sides of the country: to east Scalo Mandrie, and to west the Fishing Port. The fleet of Portopalo of Capo Passero is among the most important of Sicily.

Continuing toward west the coast introduces the alternation among a shore rocky and small thin beachs to arrive to a zone that, for the her territotrialis and floral characteristic, recalls to the mind the typing of the coastal landscapes of the north Africa: we are to the island of the Tides, a big rock-cliff attached to the dry land by an artificial arm, a particularly fascinating place for the sea and the beaches.

Another brief shore of rock-cliffs and rocks it separates the zone of the island of the Tides from the beach of Carratois, a long beach, characterized by low backdrops and thin sand. In its final part Carratois is called Portobello, characteristic zone for the presence of clay heaps.

Other places that deserve mention and visit are then the Church of St. Gaetano in country and the oasis of St. Conrad, natural scenery of effectiveness visual and emotional impact, place where every year an as realistic as fascinating Living Manger develops.