The historical harbour town of Trapani, situated on a crescent-shaped spit of land that hugs the coast of Sicily’s north-western shore, was once the heart of a mighty trading network that spanned the distance from ancient Carthage to Venice. Founded by the Elymians to serve the mountain town of Erice, Trapani made its fortune on tuna fishing, an industry that continues to be important to this day, though tourism now forms a bulk of Trapani’s income. As you might expect, life in Trapani centres around the bustling port – it is the gateway to the Egadi Islands and the exotic shores of Tunisia. The aquamarine waters glisten in the sunlight beneath a charming seafront promenade and there are a selection of golden, sandy beaches stretching along the coast to the north and south. Team this with a picturesque Old Town of softly-coloured, Baroque buildings and winding streets filled with cafes, restaurants and boutiques, and you’ll see that Trapani holidays offer the full Sicilian package.
Trapani’s streets were made for strolling. Whether you choose to wander the waterfront, in sight of the sublime sea, or get lost in the labyrinth of medieval streets, you can expect to be confronted with postcard-perfect scenes around each corner. Explore the golden sands of Trapani’s central beach with its abundance of bars, water sports and its famous coral reefs or alternatively, get out of town to the nearby salt marshes or misty mountain town of Erice. Culture, cuisine and natural beauty – it is little wonder this destination keeps tourists coming back for more.
Trapani villas and apartments provide access to an Old Town steeped in history and mystique. There is a distinct nod to the town’s Saracen heritage in the North African atmosphere that infuses the winding streets of the Old Town and in the delicious fusion cuisine you can experience in this part of the island. Architectural highlights include the Via Garibaldi, decorated with churches and palaces that date back to the 18th century; the pedestrianized Corso Vittorio Emanuele, lined with elegant Baroque beauty; the stunning public gardens at Villa Margherita, boasting fountains, alms and banyan trees whispering in the wind; and the assortment of impressive churches such as the Chiesa del Purgatorio with its life-sized wooden figurines and the mighty Cattedrale.
Hire a car to explore the atmospheric expanse of salt pans that stretch from Trapani to Marsala along the coast. Here, salt has been extracted from the land for centuries – the glassy waters perfectly reflect the quaint windmills and snow-white cones of salt that are scattered along this beautiful route. The salt pans also play host to an astounding variety of birdlife from pink flamingos to yellow wagtails as well as a range of fauna including lizards, weasels, foxes and the occasional wildcat.
Hop in the cable car and traverse the short journey up to the beautiful mountain town of Erice with its cobbled streets and magnificent, fairy-tale castles, perched high in the sky. The views from these dizzying heights are spellbinding and streaked with clouds – see if you can spot your Trapani apartment or villa in the distance. Trapani sprawls at your feet whilst the Egadi Islands loom up in the distance, out of the cobalt-blue sea. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Africa.
Where to stay in Trapani
Our Sicilian villas have been carefully hand-picked by our team, here at Sicily4U.The selection of villas in Trapani offer an assortment of amenities that can provide you with your perfect holiday home-away-from-home whilst offering access to the treasures of north-western Sicily.
Choosing to stay in a self-catered Trapani apartment or villa gives you the chance to relax and set your own timetable whilst enjoying your own space – eat a family breakfast in your pyjamas if you like or treat yourself to local wine on your own private terrace. From luxurious villas with private pools to cosy apartments with rooftop views, our self-catered accommodation in Sicily is sure to satisfy and delight. Browse our collections, explore our locations or contact us for further assistance on securing your perfect Sicilian holiday home.
Moving on from the treasures of Trapani, you could travel down the coast, past the salt pans to the popular coastal town of Marsala. With its verdant vineyards, sumptuous architecture and access to the coves and bays of Sicily’s western shore, a visit to this laid-back town provides the ultimate relaxing break.
Alternatively, you could travel north, up to the bustling beach town of San Vito Lo Capo. Sample the tantalising African flavours in the specialty cous cous dishes and unwind on the milk-white sands, dotted with palms. There is also the option of journeying to one of the three Egadi Islands that stand out at sea, or get back to nature on Favignana with its glittering turquoise waters and beautiful rock caves.