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.
Take the cable car
You can reach the town of Erice, set on a rocky crag, via a thrilling cable-car ride from Trapani. You’ll be at the summit in 10 minutes and the views are sensational.
See the salt pans
On the road out towards Marsala, there are coastal farms where sea salt is harvested and left to dry. They’re particularly scenic places at sunset.
Wander Trapani old town
The historic centre of Trapani has some lovely palaces and churches to visit, as well as the fish market, which is a vibrant local institution.