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A picturesque Sicilian port

Overlooked by craggy Mount Erice, the historic port of Trapani stretches out into the sea on a finger of land, with a 17th-century watchtower at its tip. Clinging to a long crescent of natural harbour, its primrose-yellow buildings offer spectacular views out to the misty blue of the Egadi Islands.

Trapani holidays are a beach-lover’s dream, with a host of pretty sweeps of sand to discover, including the brilliant blue Cala Azzurra (‘azure cove’) and the tropical-feel San Vito Lo Capo, within the Zingaro Nature Reserve.

For those who wish to explore further afield, ferries connect Trapani with both the Egadi Islands – home to gorgeous scenery and beaches that wouldn’t be out of place in the Caribbean – and the rocky, volcanic idyll of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia). If you’re looking for a trip that offers incredible natural beauty and the chance to access some of Sicily’s most glorious outlying islands, holidays to Trapani will be perfect for you.

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Your Trapani questions, answered

Unless you’re planning on exploring along the coast, you won’t require transport – the town is walkable, and you can take a cable car up to Erice.
The superb seafood here fuses Sicilian and North African flavours, with dishes such as fish couscous. A must-try is the Trapani speciality ‘cabbucio’, a sandwich made from pizza dough.
In July and August, Italian beaches are occupied by private clubs, where you can pay for sunloungers and shade – but there’s always a free area as well.

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