In this article you will find out what to see in Gela. Let us begin, however, by saying that the city is more of an industrial center than a tourist center. Here, in fact, a petrochemical pole overlooking the sea was built which remained active until 2014 to be converted into a bio refinery today. In any case, the construction works that began in the 1960s had a devastating impact on the environment and landscape. The refinery took the place of sand dunes and forests, and the city expanded rapidly, haphazardly, and without rules.
Despite everything in Gela there are 3 respectable beautiful places to see, let’s find out which ones .
Tip from Topsecretsicily: If you wish, you can book a tour to discover a local winery. A walk through the vineyards, visit inside the winery and tasting of 2 different wines with Sicilian appetizer is planned.
Archaeological Museum and Acropolis
It is the third largest archaeological museum in Sicily, here you will find more than 5000 artifacts found in the territory of Gela, ranging from the Greek era to the medieval age. Near the museum there are also the ruins of an ancient Greek acropolis.
Entrance times: Every day, from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 15.00 to 18.30.
Full single ticket: € 4.00.
Excavations of Capo Soprano
Here you will find the Timoleontee walls, impressive Greek stone fortifications, up to 8 meters high and very well preserved . These are the walls that protected the ancient Greek city of Gela and around them ancient residences have also been unearthed.
These walls were built with blocks made of sun-baked clay and have been very well preserved over time, thanks to the sand dunes once present here, which covered and protected them from atmospheric agents. A truly wonderful place, unique in the world, in a beautiful park a stone’s throw from the beach and the sea .
Opening: Mon – Sun 9 am-6pm.
Biviere di Gela nature reserve
The nature reserve was established in 1997, is managed by LIPU and is located around Lake Biviere, the largest coastal lake in Sicily. Just think that once this was a marshy area that was then partly “reclaimed” around 1600 with the creation of a freshwater lake, through an underground channel to the Dirillo river. Today this area is a reference point for migratory birds that you can admire along the paths and observation points . An ideal place for lovers of nature, animals and walks.
Where to eat in Gela
If you want to eat typical products in the area you can go to Colle degli ulivi, a restaurant located in the countryside, on a small hill surrounded by olive trees.
Photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page
Activities loved by tourists in the surrounding area or in Sicily in general
Interactive map – Points of interest in purple
To locate yourself once in the area, click on the enlarge symbol at the top right of the map.
Typical dishes of the area
What to see in the surroundings
Here you will find listed the places to visit ad Agrigento and surroundings .