Trapani, the freedom to choose every day a different holiday
The province of Trapani lies in the western part of Sicily giving visitors the opportunity to admire unforgettable landscapes, breathtaking views and magnificient cultural sites: from a lush countryside, rich in scents and colours, to sandy beaches or rocky inlets, from mountains to be enjoyed by bike or on foot to ancient temples, Gibellina with its modern art, palaces and churches. Trapani lies on the slopes of Mount San Giuliano and extends along a stretch of land between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Sicily Channel and ends with a number of rocks facing north and increasingly becoming smaller, on which stands the Torre di Ligny (Ligny Tower). On one side it extends towards Capo San Vito with a coastline full of sandy beaches, on the other side towards Marsala, to which it is connected by a network of saltpans.
This small archipelago is situated right in front of the port of Trapani.
Levanzo, the nearest and even the smallest, is a tiny seaside village which still preserves the typical appearance of a small and quiet fishing village. During the summer you can enjoy enchanting views and fresh crystal-clear waters, whereas in winter it becomes a little “living crib”, characterised by a soft hilly countryside surrounded by the Mediterranean maquis. Favignana is the largest and the most lively of the three islands and it is well known for its splendid coves and beaches, as well as for its typical “white tuff”, for the “Antiche Tonnare Florio (the old Florio tuna fishing factories)”, today seat of an important museum focused in ancient culture and tradition and also because during the first Punic War in these waters was fought a decisive and bloody battle whose traces are still preserved here. Marettimo is the wildest and the farthest island of the Egadi archipelago, characterised by an intense scent of thyme and sea (as its name suggests). It is a “dolomite” emerging from the depths of the Mediterranean sea; the highest point of the island, Pizzo Falcone, seems to watch the Marine Reserve and it is frequented by numerous trekkers and nature lovers who have the chance to observe mouflons, birds and many species of Mediterranean shrubs. Coves, inlets and grottoes enchant all visitors.
By taking the road that passes in front of the Brezza di Grecale Apart Hotel, the pink sandy beach of San Vito Lo Capo can be reached in about half an hour. You’ll enjoy beautiful emerald waters which characterise the whole coastline, from Monte Cofano Nature Reserve to Zingaro Nature Reserve.
It is an ancient hamlet (inhabited, in ancient times, by the Elymians, Carthaginians and Romans) located on the top of the homonymous mountain (formerly Monte San Giuliano) and characterised by stone buildings and cobbled streets. An enchanting village which takes visitors in a journey back in time. It is devoted to peace and science and houses the “Ettore Maiorana Centre for Scientific Culture”, frequented by internationally renowned scientists and scholars. Furthermore, an increasing number of artists have been choosing it as their residence finding, here in Erice, a sense of peace and tranquillity for their inspiration.
A network of spectacular saltpans extends along the eastern side of the province of Trapani. The activity of extracting salt from the sea characterised the “golden age” of the city that, proudly, has preserved this ancient tradition to this day. Here, in this enchanting place visitors can admire the old windmills, once used for the production and processing of salt, the “white gold” of Trapani; some of these have been restored and now house museums focused in ancient culture and tradition.
At sunset, water within the tanks takes on different shades of colour, providing visitors with breathtaking views and unforgettable sensations.
Moreover, its natural marshes are a valuable food resource for bird life, such as pink flamingoes, waders and other protected species.
This area has recently been declared a Nature Reserve and the WWF takes care of its management.
This ancient archaeological site, founded by the Elymians, is located a few kilometers away from Trapani and it still preserves the magnificient colonnade in Doric style; probably because of repeated attacks by other populations it remained unfinished; on the top of mount Barbaro is situated the theatre with its huge stairs looking toward the sea: a breathtaking natural setting.
Furthermore, the remains of an older temple have been founded during recent excavations carried out in the upper part of the archaeological site.
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