Gioiosa Marea

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Gioiosa Marea

Area: Messina surroundings

Gioiosa Marea is a lively seaside resort located along the northeastern coast of Sicily, right in front of the Aeolian Islands. The city is nestled between the splendid beaches of the coast and the Nebrodi Mountains and is famous for its beautiful coastline surrounded by unspoiled nature and lapped by a beautiful sea.
Gioiosa Marea has an ancient origin: the first historical testimonies date back to the 5th century BC when the Greeks settled in the territories bordering on Monte Meliuso. In this same place, the first inhabited center was to be built, Gioiosa Guardia, founded in 1062, the year of the liberation of the Saracens by Count Roger I of Altavilla. Given its position, Gioiosa Guardia became a strategic point of extreme importance, in 1407 it became one of the major tuna fishing centres. At the height of its growth, Gioiosa Guardia was hit by a terrible earthquake which, on February 5, 1783, destroyed the entire town. In 1813 the old Gioiosa Guardia was completely abandoned and is today one of the few ghost towns of Sicily. The inhabitants moved and founded Gioiosa Marea.

What to eat

Typical food, local wines and drinks, traditional dish to taste in Gioiosa Marea

You can obviously taste all the typical products of Sicilian cuisine, the most well-known ones, such as cannoli, Sicilian cassata, arancini, etc. But there are some specialties typical of this area that are more difficult to find in other areas of Sicily.

Where to stay

Best Offers of Vacation Rental, hotel, B&B where to sleep in Gioiosa Marea


Nearby Places

Below you will find a list of the most beautiful places to visit in the surroundings of Gioiosa Marea. The places are located at a maximum distance of about an half hour by car. Good fun!


Messina surroundings

Sant'Angelo Di Brolo

Messina surroundings


Messina surroundings


Messina surroundings

Interesting Facts

Interesting and fun facts, mythology, legend, folk tales and more to know about Gioiosa Marea