Ferry to Porto Empedocle

The passengers who are traveling by ferry to Porto Empedocle in Sicily, have the opportunity to explore the fascinating natural environment and beautiful beaches!

Porto Empedocle in the Province of Agrigento, is the most important portal center in south-western Sicily and outstands for the cultivation of almonds, cereals, and grapes. The fishing resources are rich, especially as per sardines, anchovies, and mackerel, exhibited at the market held every week.

The town's original name was Marina di Girgenti, since the XX century it was the arrival point of all the cereal production of the area of Agrigento. The latter name comes from the famous Greek philosopher Empedocles, citizen of Akragas (Agrigentum). In Porto Empedocle you can visit outstanding monuments such us the Quadrangular Tower of Carlo V, the Chiesa Madre dedicated to SS. Salvatore dated 1904, and the eighteenth century Chiesa del Buon Consiglio. Porto Empedocle was founded under the name of Marina di Girgenti as the port of the ancient city of Girgenti, the current Agrigento. In the 16th century, the Torre del Caricatore di Girgenti tower was restored and was an important part of the defense of the marine area. In 1863 the name of the city changed to Empedocle as a tribute to the Greek philosopher Empedocle, who was born in Akragas . In 2009 Porto Empedocle officially became a city.

Porto Empedocle is a typical medieval seaside town rich in history and traditions. This small village is the birth lend of two important popular Italian writers, Luigi Pirandello and Andrea Camilleri.

The old town center includes two charming monuments like the Mother Church and the Carlo V Tower, built in the 16th century by the emperor Carlo V, was designed by the Tuscan architect and sculptor Camillo Camillani. There is a rail link between Porto Empedocle to the central station of Agrigento and some cruise ships stop here and there is a ferry connection with the Pelagie Islands.

Porto Empedocle Port

Porto Empedocle port is located in the town center facing Linosa, Lampedusa and Malta. It is composed of two piers which are called Banchina Sciangula and Banchina Todaro. Commercial fishing and touristic activities are some main industries, thus, the port played a significant role in the town's development over the years. All hotels, resorts and Airbnbs along with eating places and bars, are abstaining only a few meters from the harbour.

In order to reach the seaport from Porto Empedocle town, you can take advantage of the following:


A very convenient way to get around. Please, call +39 3383 605 262 or grab a cab from the road.

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