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Wonders of Western Sicily

A remarkable corner of Italy
 
With its intriguing mix of rugged nature, rich history and cultural interest, western Sicily is a joy to explore on foot. Our self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday takes you on a real adventure: from medieval Erice to the Zingaro Nature Reserve via the remote and unspoiled Egadi Islands.
Wonders of Western Sicily. 7 nights
Wonders of Western Sicily. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in western Sicily

Closer to North Africa than the Italian mainland, north-west Sicily has a distinct character and a charm all of its own. Its beautiful coastline has proved an inviting stepping stone for myriad invaders over the centuries, and its enigmatic landscapes still bear the traces of this colourful past.

Our varied walking holiday provides an immediate introduction to Sicily’s multi-layered history, beginning in medieval Erice, a hill-top village dominated by the towering remains of its Norman castle. From the village, huge panoramic views extend in all directions, including to the idyllic Egadi Islands and the spectacular Zingaro Nature Reserve.
Adrift in the middle of the Mediterranean, the Egadi Islands are the perfect place to spend a few days away from it all. Following an hour-long ferry crossing from the historic port of Trapani, you stay on Marettimo, the wildest and most remote island in the archipelago. The walking here is exhilarating, often on rocky, little-trodden paths lined with exotic flora and offering commanding sea views.

Returning to Trapani, you continue to the Moorish village of Scopello, gateway to the lush and pristine Zingaro Reserve. Widely regarded as one of the prettiest parts of Sicily, the Reserve is an incredibly special place: sheer cliffs plunge precipitously into clear turquoise waters; eagles, kestrels and peregrine falcons whirl overhead; and there is a seemingly never-ending supply of delightful coves on which to pause and soak in the rare beauty of this remarkable corner of Italy.
 

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • 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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °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
  • Arrival in Erice
    Night 1: at Hotel Elimo (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Around Erice: 7.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 400m
    Enjoy mesmerising views over many of the landscapes you will visit later in the week on this scenic first route, which explores the lofty hillsides that surround the medieval hill-town of Erice. As this is a reasonably short walk, you also have time to discover Erice’s historic centre with its maze of narrow alleyways, renowned pastry shops (be sure to try the local speciality, Genovese, a shortcrust pastry filled with cream) and remarkable number of churches. The town’s most famous feature – besides its dramatic hill-top location – is the 12th-century Castello di Venere, a Norman fortress perched high on a rocky outcrop and offering sensational, far-reaching views.
    Far-reaching views
    Around Erice: 7.5km
  • Erice to Marettimo: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent 45m/descent 725m
    Leaving Erice by its ancient town walls, you descend towards Trapani on a wide panoramic track which winds across the western slopes of Monte Erice, with superb views towards the Egadi Islands – today’s final destination. When you reach the edges of Trapani, you can choose to continue on foot to the Old Town via the city’s main shopping street or cover the final few kilometres by bus (pay locally); either way, we recommend setting aside some time to explore Trapani’s vibrant historic quarter before meeting with your luggage for your late afternoon boat journey to Marettimo, the farthest-flung of the Egadi Islands. Here, you spend three nights at the comfortable Marettimo Residence, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the island’s main village: a small, picturesque port where a number of welcoming restaurants serve delicious, locally caught seafood.
    Arriving in Marettimo
    Erice to Marettimo: 10km
  • Choice of walks on Marettimo: 8-9.5km
    Whitewashed houses, colourful fishing villages, sun-scorched hills and tropical vegetation – the Egadi Islands are Sicily with a distinct North African accent. Their slow pace of life is extremely relaxing, and as well as our recommended walking routes on Marettimo and neighbouring Levanzo, you can look forward to long al fresco lunches at traditional trattorie, dips in the clear turquoise waters, and even a boat ride to see sublime caves and secluded coves (pay locally).

    Punta Troia: 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 360m
    This invigorating route leads north to Punta Troia – a craggy headland crowned by a precipitously perched fortress. To reach it, you take a rocky path which contours Marettimo’s undulating eastern coastline, then zig-zag downhill to arrive at a secluded pebble beach and the foot of the castle. A final push leads up towards the tip of the promontory and the fortification itself, which dates from the 17th century and is of Spanish origin. The return leg of the walk follows the same route, so you might like to pre-book a water-taxi to instead return by sea (pay locally; deduct 4km).

    The Semaforo: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 500m
    Beyond Marettimo’s rugged shoreline rise the thyme-clad slopes which give the island its name (in Italian, timo means ‘thyme’ while mare is ‘sea’). Ascend these to gain the Semaforo, a lofty belvedere which offers sparkling coastal views and is an excellent vantage point for spotting some of the many migratory birds and birds of prey that frequent the island, including the peregrine falcon and Bonelli’s eagle. Your descent takes you over open, scrub-covered hillsides to reach the south coast, from where a pine-clad track sweeps you all the way back to base.

    Levanzo: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 230m
    Levanzo is the smallest island in the Egadi Archipelago, and – devoid of real roads and with much of the land given over to grazing – it is a real joy to explore on foot. Beginning with a short morning boat ride from Marettimo, our route introduces you to the stunning coves, cultivated plain and shady pinewoods that characterise the southern half of the island. Levanzo is also known for its prehistoric cave art at Grotta di Genovese, where late Paleozoic, Mesolithic and Neolithic rock carvings and paintings are on display (the cave is open to visitors, but please note that opening hours are currently very restricted).
    Punta Troia
    Punta Troia: 8km
    Walking the slopes to the Semaforo
    The Semaforo: 9.5km
    Walking on Levanzo
    Levanzo: 9km
  • Marettimo to Scopello: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent 435m/descent 530m
    Today a morning boat delivers you back to Trapani, where you meet with a pre-arranged taxi for a transfer deep into the Sicilian countryside. Striking out on foot, you traverse a quiet rural landscape that becomes gradually rockier and more rugged; at first, the sea is out of sight, but wonderful views emerge as you crest a final hill and begin your descent into Scopello, the lovely little village where you spend your final two nights at the centrally located Hotel Torre Bennistra.
    Views to Scopello
    Marettimo to Scopello: 9.5km
  • Around Scopello: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 600m
    Although Scopello is itself a charming coastal village, with a scattering of restaurants, cafés and craft shops, as well as an impressive tonnara – a medieval tuna-fishing complex which today houses a small museum – perhaps the village’s greatest attraction is its proximity to the Zingaro Nature Reserve. With precipitous cliffs swooping down to a series of idyllic white-shingled coves, behind which are mountains that shelter a rich diversity of flora and flora, this wild stretch of coast is widely regarded as one of the island’s most beautiful corners. Our circular route through the Reserve enters via its southern entrance and first heads inland across panoramic open hillsides before joining a coastal path to loop back towards Scopello. This lower path is lined with luxuriant vegetation and edged by a string of inviting coves, where you may well wish to take the opportunity to cool off in the clear, crystalline waters.

    Visit Segesta
    Scopello also lies within easy reach of the magnificent 2,500-year-old Doric temple at Segesta, which is set amid a green and tranquil valley and can be accessed by taxi (pay locally).
    Zingaro Nature Reserve
    Around Scopello: 14km
 

Accommodation

Although our trio of charming properties are all different in style, each offers comfortable accommodation in a superb location.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel in Scopello, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotel you stay in, we recommend an extra night in Scopello for the chance to visit the outstanding archaeological site of Segesta.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2021 - 31 October 2021, 01 April 2022 - 15 June 2022 & 01 September 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 22 Sep 2021 £845 £450
    23 Sep - 24 Oct 2021 £775 £390
    1 Apr - 18 May 2022 £775 £390
    19 May - 8 Jun 2022 £820 £435
    1 - 21 Sep 2022 £850 £450
    22 Sep - 24 Oct 2022 £785 £395
    3rd & 4th person discount -£45
    Single traveller supplement £45

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Marettimo Residence, Marettimo
    Deluxe apartment: 01 Sep - 24 Sep 2021 £14
    Deluxe apartment: 25 Sep - 31 Oct 2021 £10
    Deluxe apartment: 01 Apr - 20 May 2022 £10
    Deluxe apartment: 21 May - 15 Jun 2022 £14
    Deluxe apartment: 01 Sep - 23 Sep 2022 £14
    Deluxe apartment: 24 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £10
    Hotel Torre Bennistra, Scopello
    Mountain view with terrace: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2021 £9
    Mountain view with terrace: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £0
    Mountain view with terrace: 01 Apr - 15 Jun 2022 £9
    Mountain view with terrace: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2022 £9
    Mountain view with terrace: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £0

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Torre Bennistra, Scopello (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2021 £66 £125
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £60 £113
    01 Apr - 15 Jun 2022 £70 £129
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2022 £70 £129
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £63 £115
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Palermo
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Palermo (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Palermo British Airways 
    Heathrow - Palermo (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Palermo (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Palermo Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Palermo Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Palermo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Palermo airport to hotel (1h15) £48 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Palermo airport (0h45) £37 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
    1 picnic
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • return ferry Trapani to Marettimo
  • transfer on day 5
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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