Founded by the Elymians as the port for nearby Segesta, the small coastal city of Castellammare del Golfo has a pleasant harbour that is overlooked by the remains of a much-modified Saracen castle and surrounded by sandy beaches, making it a popular summer holiday destination for Sicilians. Beyond the harbour itself, however, the city is a rather sprawling and lacking in charm, making nearby Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo more appealing for an extended stay.