Ribera derives from the Spanish word “riviera” which may be translated either as “coast” or as “riverbed”, very appropriate, considering that the town is close to the coast and also irrigated by three large rivers: Verdura, Magazzolo and Platani. Ribera has become particularly famous for its excellent agricultural products, in particular the tiny sweet strawberries and the delicious, pipless juicy oranges, so-called Riberella or Ribera’s Oranges DOP. In the month of April Ribera celebrates its oranges with a special feast called the Sagra dell’Arancia, with a lot of sampling and tasting of products such as Marmalades, sweets and fresh fruit. In the center of town there are several churches; the Chiesa Madre is worth a visit. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1968 but has been fully restored and has now eturned to its previous rococo splendor. Just 4km out of town the medieval castle of Poggiodiana with its characteristic round tower crowned by corbels and perched on the highest point of the valley, looks out over the plains of the river Verdura. The coastal hamlet of Borgo Bonsignore, just outside town, gives access to the coast and to the Nature Reserve of the Foce del Platani. If you are looking for a beautiful beach close to Ribera, then go to Secca Grande.
Ribera: distance from Agrigento approx. 42 Km
Contacts of organizations and associations which offer tourist information and other useful services:
Municipality of Ribera: telephone reception
Pro Loco di Ribera:
Ribera: the coordinates indicate the main town square of the city center.
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N 37° 30' 9.18''
E 13° 15' 57.68''