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.
Taste the wine
With a number of family-owned wineries in and around Marsala, wine-tasting is the perfect way to learn about the local culture while enjoying some excellent produce.
The lagoon at Lo Stagnone has shallow water and 300 windy days a year, making it an ideal place to learn or hone your skills.
Discover ancient history
Take a boat to the island of Mozia, where you’ll find an ancient Phoenician site. A road to the mainland is visible at low tide.