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Sicily’s Western Corner

Temples, coast & slowly turning windmills
Holiday information
Nights: 7
Grade 2: moderate cycling with some steady, sustained climbs; leisurely exploration.
Terrain: gently rolling inland hills and coast, mostly on quiet country roads, busier near towns
Hotels: two 4-star hotels; one 3-star hotel; one agriturismo; one guesthouse
Meals: 4 dinners (5 with upgrade), 7 breakfasts
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • charming, individual hotels offering a warm welcome
  • rugged, dramatic scenery and a seductive coastline
  • rich and intriguing culture
  • opportunities for cookery and wine-tasting

Western Sicily is a beautiful and very varied land, with peace and quiet the hallmarks of the island’s interior – especially outside summer. The island's character has been shaped by its myriad invaders and settlers whose diverse cultures are reflected in the lavish Sicilian cuisine – a real highlight – which makes use of colourful local produce, with almonds a particular inspiration for creative desserts; and the warm welcome of the people.
There is plenty to intrigue and captivate - Greek monuments, rugged inland hills, medieval towns, Saracen watchtowers and a surprisingly diverse flora and fauna.
     
Kay D’Souza, Inntravel
Our cycling route takes you through an enigmatic landscape, from ancient windmills and glistening salt pans to timeless temples, colourful fishing villages and beguiling hamlets of square, whitewashed houses. You begin in the medieval hill-top town of Erice before following the coast to Marsala – home to Sicily’s famous golden wine. From here you wind your way across the island’s rugged interior, following green trails and country lanes over rolling countryside, to reach Segesta – famed for its Doric temple – before arriving back on the coast at Sciacca.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 14 14 16 18 22 26 29 29 27 23 19 15
mm 64 55 57 45 22 12 3 14 45 74 79 70

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

Given its location in the Mediterranean, Sicily is known for its hot, sunny climate, though breezes can make it cooler in the hills.