Menfi is a seaside town. The pleasant climate and the nearby rivers Belice and Carboj make the area particularly suitable for the cultivation of vineyards and there are numerous important canteens which produce excellent DOC wines. Towards the end of June or in early July one of the most important sicilian wine festivals, Inycon, is organized here: wine tasting, gastronomy and music enliven the streets and piazzas of the centre of Menfi for several days. The town of Menfi grew around the Castle built by Federico II, not far form the ruins of the legendary Sican town Inycon, already renowned in the bronze age for its fine wines. In 1968 a terrible earthquake completely destroyed many monuments, including the noble palace originally located next to the tower of the Norman Castle. The site is now occupied by the municipal library which houses an extraordinary collection of thousands of seashells from all over the world. Menfi’s beaches are amongst the best of the island: in 1998 the beach of Porto Palo, a small seashore hamlet at the foot of a 15th century watchtower, was awarded the blue flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for its uncontaminated sea.
Menfi: distance from Agrigento approx. 52 km
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Menfi: the coordinates indicate Porto Palo
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N 37° 34' 28.35''
E 12° 54' 17.14''