Charming cottage near sandy beach and fish village
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Cottage Carmen is located near Marzamemi´s Almadraba, the ancient fishing village , 500 meters from the sea, an illuminated and sidewalks equipped street allow you to reach the sandy beach and the village in 10 minutes walking.
The villa has a private parking area in the garden and a veranda where you can safely stay.
The cottage has a large living room with kitchenette and sofa, a bathroom with shower and two bedrooms (one on the ground floor and the other on the mansard). All furnished with Mediterranean style.
The neighborhood is quiet. In the village you can find all sorts of restaurants, bars, pubs, supermarket and a few shops.
The main attraction is the ancient heart of the Almadraba, with its narrow streets and squares has enchanted tens thousands visitors.
The beaches of the area are among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, both on the Ionian Sea such as Eloro, Calamosche (inside Oasi Vendicari Natural Reserve ), Oasi Vendicari Natural Reserve, San Lorenzo, Spinazza, Capo Passero Island, and on the Mediterranenan Sea such as Isola delle Correnti, Carratois, Granelli, Marza, Porto Ulisse and Santa Maria del Focallo.
One of the best place to visit is Oasi Vendicari Natural Reserve (5 km far), with many sandy beaches, ancient ruins and salterns.
Another great spot is Cava Grande del Cassibile Natural Reserve (25 km far), a great canyon situated in the mountain behind the town of Avola, in which the river creates little lakes and waterfalls. Awesome!
In addition, the Cottage is perfectly located for those who wish to enjoy the beauty of the Sicilian Baroque as well. Val di Noto towns are easily accessible such as Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli, Ispica, Noto, and last but not least Siracusa which was also one of the most famous city during the Magna Grecia period.
The last week of July there´s Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Frontiera. The biggest event in Marzamemi, everyone can enjoy it for free.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Auto or Bus 100 km, Nearest railway: Bus 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Sicily region
Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas.
It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to areas of interest ranging from nature to history and traditions.
Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas.
Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily - The Aeolians, Egadi and Pelagie Islands, Pantelleria and Ustica - offers unique and the intense sceneries, scents and flavors of uncontaminated nature.
Last but not least, its great volcanoes are symbols of the irresistible beauty and vitality of this incredibly charming region.
Fascination for this region grows with treasured archaeological sites that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily).
The provinces of the region are: Palermo (regional capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani.
This group of towns in south-eastern Sicily represents the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe. The exceptional quality of the late Baroque art and architecture in the Val di Noto lies in its geographical and chronological homogeneity, as well as its quantity, the result of the 1693 earthquake in this region. The towns were all in existence in medieval times, characteristically around a castle and with monastic foundations. Most seem to have been changing during the 16th and 17th centuries and then been affected differentially by the 1693 earthquake.
Caltagirone is significant for its multifaceted town planning and architectural facades, and for its unusual link between the pre- and post-1693 periods. Its rich architecture exists inside an urban context resulting from the configuration of the site. The most important buildings include the churches of Santa Maria del Monte, St James the Apostle, St Joseph, St Dominic, the Holy Saviour, St Chiara and St Rita, Jesus, St Stephen, and St Francis of Assisi and, among secular buildings, the Corte Capitanale, Civic Museum, former Pawnshop, and San Francesco Bridge.
Militello Val di Catania is significant for its wealth of architecture from the 14th century onwards, and for the outstanding 17th-century walled pre-earthquake town plan which was in the vanguard of Sicilian feudal towns and was then faithfully followed in the late Baroque reconstruction. Principal buildings include the churches of San Nicolò and Santa Maria della Stella, the latter completed in 1741 on the site of St Anthony the Abbot and the former in the San Leonardo area.
Catania acquired a particular quality of urban design when it was rebuilt on a comprehensive, geometric unitary plan amid the rubble of the destroyed city. At its core are the outstanding Piazza del Duomo and the Via dei Crociferi, together with the nearby Badia de Sant'Agata, Collegiata, Benedictine monastery, and Palazzo Biscari.
Modica consists of two urban centres, the older perched on the rocky top of the southern Ibeli hill, the other rebuilt further downhill after the 1693 earthquake with imposing and conspicuous urban monuments such as the Cathedral of St George and the Church of St Peter.
Noto is on two levels, an upper part on the plateau and a lower, newer part on the slope below. The latter accommodates the buildings of the nobility and the religious complexes of the 18th century, the topography, town plan and architecture combining to create a spectacular 'Baroque stage set'. It includes nine religious complexes and numerous palazzi.
Palazzolo has two centres, the medieval one on which a new town was reconstructed on the old site but along a new axis, and a post-1693 'new town' developed along a crescent up to the earliest site of all, the Greek Akrai. The two churches of St Sebastian and Saints Peter and Paul were largely rebuilt after 1693, the latter the centre of the old nobility, the former marking the quarter of the new urban classes.
Ragusa, the ancient Ibla, is built over three hills separated by a deep valley. It, too, consists of two centres, one rebuilt on the old medieval layout and the other, Upper Ragusa, newly built after 1693. It contains nine major churches and seven major palazzi, all Baroque.
In Scicli the Via Francesco Mormina Penna stretches to the nearby Beneventano palace, perhaps the only one in Sicily to display fantastic decoration, in an urban setting where churches rise alongside patrician buildings of late Baroque age. Three churches (St John the Evangelist, St Michael and St Teresa) are from the 18th century.
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2 Nov 2014
"Cosy cottage with arty flair in a cute fishing village with helpful hosts"
On arrival, we were welcomed by the host, although we arrived very late at night, and found a fridge already equipped with water and coke for us. Also, the booking process was easy, because we could c… More
2 Nov 2014
A lovely house to stay in and Orlando was very friendly too. A flat easy walk into Marzamimi and a short drive to the wonderful Vendicari nature reserve. Initially, it was a little tricky to find. Tho… More
11 Sep 2014
Wonderful house, very comfortable with a nice terrace. It's well located, 5 min. from the center of Marzamami and from the closest beach too. Landlords are adorable, very nice people. I recommend this place, you will love it!
11 Sep 2014
"Un buon appartamento"
Siamo stati al Cottage Carmen nell'agosto 2014 per 7 notti.
Ci siamo trovati molto bene, l'appartamento è grande ed ha un bellissimo spazio esterno con tavolo e bbq.
Ottima è la posizione, in pochi minuti a piedi si raggiunge la spiaggia e Marzamemi con i suoi negozi, ristoranti e locali.
Orlando e Carmen sono stati degli ottimi host, molto gentili e ci hanno dato moltissime indicazioni per scoprire la zona.
12 Aug 2013
Great place, nearby the sea and the center of a charming village.
Very sympathetic hosts. House very comfortable, with all the accomodities.
24 May 2013
"Lovely cottage with very friendly landlord"
We (my wife, our baby and me) stayed for five days in Cottage Carmen. We have been the first guest there. It is a small cozy cottage where usually the landlord lives in himself. You have a dining/living room including fully-equiped kitchen (fridge, freezer, stove, oven, espresso machine, bar-table for 2 person, washing machine, lots of pans, pots, dishes); a dining table for 4 people, a couch, chair, flat-screen. A small bedroom with a double-bed. There is also another bedroom upstairs but we have not used it; I am not sure if it is also for rent. There is a nice and big covered patio with another table and two (older) deck chairs. You can park your car on the ground (with a fence and a gate around the site).
The landlord is very nice and they gave us a very warm welcome with a bottle of prosecco and tomatoes and a water melon out of their own garden. They live in the next house and can give you a lot of tips for restaurants and sightseeing. Marzamemi is not the nicest beach city I have ever seen but there is a lovely big place in the old tuna fabric (that is closed now) with a lot of restaurants with fresh fish, bars and cafes. Marzamemi is, however, a good starting point for sightseeing: Noto is a 20-minutes drive, Ragusa and Modica are not far away; Syracus is also less than 45 minutes by car. There is a beach in Marzamemi itself (but not very nice), but there are nice beaches in the surroundings, especially in Faunistica di Vendicari (I can recommend Calamoche beach). The landlord knows all the details. The house is at a street so you can hear the cars from your sleeping room if the window is open but that didn't bother us. You can walk to the tuna sqaure within 10-15 minutes or it is a 3-minutes-drive.
I can really recommend to stay at Cottage Carmen. It is a nearly perfect value-for-money.
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