Located within Nebrodi Mountain Park and surrounded by undeniably Mediterranean nature, lies Caronia, whose origins--despite being lost in time--embody the close link between the town and the sea. This place was first inhabited by the Greeks, who knew the town as Kale Akte, from kalh acth, meaning "beautiful coast." The town and sea are overlooked by the castle, built in the twelfth century. Today a private structure, it remains one of the best-preserved examples of Norman architecture in Sicily, an entire fortress with a surrounding wall and defense towers. It faces the sea, which is there to welcome travelers looking for calm and restoration. The town's beach is home to appealingly rustic fishing boats, and the sound of crashing waves and calling gulls is the music of the air.