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By XirCammini

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Pozzallo (Puzzaddu) nowadays is a thriving tourist town with sprawling beaches. But, it also has it historic connection to the Kingdom of Aragon. Like Malta, the southern coast of Sicily was always a target for pirates and Pozzallo was no exception. In the 14th century it was given to Bernardo Cabrera, a Catalan Nobleman born in Barcelona who, at the time was Count of Modica. Cabrera built a tower, still present today, to defend the town from pirate incursions.

Bernat de Cabrera or Bernardo Cabrera had proven himself in battle having been entrusted with 2,000 cavalry and infantry by King Martin I to land in Trapani and take possession of Sicily in March 1392. Bernard also helped finance this operation by selling lands in Catalunya.

The King rewarded the triumphant Cabrera by granting him of Modica, which at the then covered larger expanses of land Val di Noto. He was also promoted to Admiral.

From Pozzallo the road continues to Ispica following the .gpx route: