|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Casa Balhara is a renovated apartment of 45 square meters situated in the historical centre of Palermo, in the heart of the characteristic street market of Ballarò. It has a strategic position, since you can reach the main sights on foot from here! Massimo theatre, the biggest one in Italy and the third one in Europe is just few steps away; the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti, Piazza Politeama and its theatre, the most of wonderful ancient churches are all in the surroundings.
Casa Balhara is the ideal place for those who want mainly to visit thoroughly our city, to discover all the beauties it offers, most of which are hidden among the typical little alleys around the house.
Casa Balhara is organized as follows: it has one nice ethnic style double bedroom with mezzanine, where hosting one or two people; one bathroom with shower unit; a colorful kitchen and a living room furnished with sofa-bed. Furthermore, the house has two balconies overlooking the lively market, from which also admiring some piece of art, such as the dome of the famous Church of Jesus.
In the rental price are included: bath towels, bed linen, hair dryer and also a welcome breakfast basket!
Our 2 weeks in Casa Balhara were fantastic! The apartment was modern, very clean and comfortable - and exactly what we expected from the photographs.
In the heart of the market we were fortunate to have an excellent view of everything going on below - and were thrilled to experience the Festeggiamenti in onore della Beata Virgine Maria on several nights with beautiful lights, fireworks and a music concert!
ALL of the beautiful historical sights of Palermo were easily within walking distance and it was always easy to get back to the apartment just off the main street 'Via Maqueda'. Although there was no Internet access this was not a problem as there were plenty of free wifi zones around the city centre.
Travelling further afield was also very easy via bus or train, we visited Mondello (for the beach) on several occasions getting the 806 bus from Teatro Politeama and we also visited Monreale - definitely worth visiting the Cattedrale and cloisters. At the train station there are English speaking ticket officers who helped us to enjoy a day at Cefalu.
A wonderful stay. Perfect for what we wanted from our holiday. The breakfast basket lasted us about a week!!! And the wine and prosecco were also very much appreciated!! There is also air conditioning in the lounge (which isn't listed) which was a very pleasant surprise - and very necessary at the end of July!!
Thank you to Francecso and the owner who were SO helpful before and during our stay in Sicily. A truly memorable holiday in a brilliantly kept apartment!
Vous aimez l'animation? alors pas de doute c'est dans ce quartier cosmopolite qu'il faut séjourner. Le marché bas son plein toute la journée dans la rue dans laquelle donne l'appartement et le soir on peut boire une bière et manger des beignets au milieu d'une foule de personnes juste à l'angle de la rue.. un bonheur.
Mais le bonheur est aussi à l'intérieur de ce joli appartement grâce à la gentillesse de Barbara.
Nous gardons vraiment un très bon souvenir de notre passage là bas et nous vous conseillons de vous y arrêter...
Casa Balhara is situated in the very heart of the historical centre of Palermo, in the famous quarter of Ballarò, widely known for its liveliness, its unique colors, tastes, smells. Your senses will be captured!!!
As told before, its excellent position allows you to reach the most important sights of the city in few minutes: the famous church of Casa Professa, the Quattro Canti, the Cathedral, Piazza della Vergogna, the church of Martorana, Massimo theatre, piazza Politeama and its theatre, the International Puppet Museum extremely important for our tradition, the Royal Palace and its wonderful Palatine Chapel are all attractions situated in the old part of Palermo, therefore easily reachable from Casa Balhara.
Palermo offers lots of other excellent places to visit: the Chinese Palace, an oriental building surrounded by an elegant garden which reaches the foot of Monte Pellegrino, an hill famous for its Sanctuary and where you can enjoy a marvelous landscape; the Botanic garden which safeguards lots of important plant species; Uctuveggio Castle, offering a breathtaking landscape; lots of ancient palaces and churches whose artistic and historical value are inestimable.
Moreover, Palermo is full of hidden attractions! You can find them in little squares, in the alleys and even in the underground!! Let you attract by mysterious places such as Qanat, Catacombs and Beati Paoli’s itineraries!
This city made by art, history, architecture, culture and tradition will excite you and will finally fall in love with it!!!
Palermo also catches your senses with its typical cooking, full of unique smells and flavors. Our sweets such as “cassata” and “cannolo” are famous all over the world; the preparation of the tasty “pasta con le sarde”,“arancine”,“anelletti al forno”, “caponata di melanzane” is a real rite. But what is a very important tradition is the “street cooking”, which includes a wide and various range of food, such as “pani e panelle”, “pani ca’ meusa”, “sfincione”, “stigghiola”, “vastedda” and so on .. What are they? Come here and find it out!
Palermo has celebrated its patron Santa Rosalia since 1625.The so called “Festino” is the most important feast for people from Palermo. It is on 15th July, but the great celebration is the night before, when the statue of the Saint wanders the streets of the old part of the city, that are full of food and toys stands. At the end of the holy procession there are very stunning fireworks in the seaport, far only 10 minutes from Casa Balhara.
MONDELLO AND NATURAL RESERVES
Mondello is the elegant and well-known beach hamlet of Palermo. It is famous all over the world for its crystalline sea, its long white sandy beach, its sumptuous villas in liberty style, its magnificent Charleston, a restaurant above the sea!
Here you can visit two natural reserves: Capo Gallo and Monte Pellegrino.
The Natural Reserve of Capo Gallo is reachable through a coast path, on the west part of Mondello. Monte Gallo is a promontory rich in caves overlooking the sea; the most famous cave is “Grotta dell’Olio”, a suggestive sea cavern reachable by boat. It has very clear bright water and light sandy seabed brightened by rays of sunshine passing from some top fissures. This natural reserve has a varied flora and fauna: here you can see plants such as Brooms of Gasparrini, wild Orchids, Sicilian Sparviere and a lot of animals such as foxes, wild rabbits, peregrine falcons, real seabirds.
The Natural Reserve of Monte Pellegrino comprises the whole homonymous mountain and the royal estate of Favorita. Goethe described it as “The most beautiful promontory in the world”, maybe thanks to its magic contrasts, different nature colors, steep sides and practicable plains. Here there is the most important pilgrimage place of Palermo, Santa Rosalia’s Sanctuary, with its particular rocky church and the famous Saint’s statue dominating and protecting the city of Palermo.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €7 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||€100|
Final cleaning: 30 Euro
In order to book the house the payment of 50% of the rental rate as reservation
deposit is requested by bank transfer, the balance will due at the arrival.
Final cleaning and damage deposit must be paid cash at the arrival.
The damage deposit shall be returned at guest's departure after an inspection of the house by the owner.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.