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Sicily’s charming coastal city

Famed for its fragrant wine, the magnificent city of Marsala, on Sicily’s west coast, remains surprisingly under the radar for visitors, meaning it retains much of its traditional charm. The name comes from the Arabic ‘Marsa Allah’, or harbour of God, hinting at this ancient port’s heritage.

The historic centre is particularly elegant, with gleaming apricot-coloured churches towering over polished marble piazzas and an array of golden-stone Baroque architecture. Marsala holidays allow exploration of this handsome city and its superlative local restaurants, wine-tasting and wine bars.

Close by, visitors will find beautiful lagoons, wetlands and salt pans, with drifts of gleaming salt, and there’s easy access to the islet of Mozia and frequent ferries to the beautiful Egadi islands. History buffs will relish all the ancient ruins on holidays to Marsala, while another must is to sample the city’s namesake amber nectar, which tastes all the better in such stunning surroundings.

Your Marsala questions, answered

Certainly. Marsala wine is fortified with brandy and made in a similar way to sherry or port. Try it at numerous places within the city.
Marsala’s size makes it a lively destination throughout the year, while the Sicilian climate is one of Europe’s warmest, making it pleasant all year round.
There are some great beaches near Marsala, including the family-friendly Lido Signorino and the dazzling white sands that fringe the coastline on the nearby Egadi Islands.