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Walking through the paths of the west coast of Sicily, from Palermo to Trapani, you can discover the most real part of the island. Limestone rock ridges that plunge into the crystal clear sea, lush Mediterranean scrub, small urban centers and archaeological treasures.
A journey that will be a deep breath: in addition to savoring the slowness of enchanting places, stopped in time, you will be delighted by the local food and wine delicacies, and by the smile and cheerfulness of the locals.
Wild Nature and Archaeological Treasures
Hiking in the Zingaro Reserve
Ancient Mule Tracks and Coastal Towers
Sicilian Almond Pastries
Sleep in Favignana Island
All around the Blue Sea of Sicily
Transfer from Palermo airport to Scopello
From Palermo – Punta Raisi airport, following the highway towards Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily, you reach the beautiful village of Scopello, the starting point of our Western Sicily Walking Holiday.
Legendary Scopello was the last stop of Ulysses before returning to Ithaca and History testifies, through the finds found in the area, the passage of ancient civilizations.
The cliffs that stand out from the crystal clear sea of Scopello is the first image of the Western Sicily Walking Holiday you'll take to your heart.
The bays set in the rock, the ancient Tonnara, the beaches and the pristine coves, will catch your eye: the beauty of Nature is the beating heart of this Sicily Walking Tour.
Overnight in Scopello.
Walking in the Zingaro Natural Reserve
18km, 4,5h, +600m - 600m
The second day of the Western Sicily Walking Holiday includes an itinerary on foot inside the Zingaro Reserve.
The Zingaro Reserve extends on the western side of the Gulf of Castellammare, in the area of San Vito lo Capo.
The reserve covers 1650 hectares; our route includes a path on the shoreline and a part of the itinerary in the internal area.
Walking in the Zingaro Reserve you can admire the rocky limestone coast. The cliffs, overlooking the sea, alternate with pristine coves. The highest point of the Zingaro Reserve is Mount Speziale at 913 meters.
If your gaze is accustomed to constantly narrowing the horizon in the city glimpses, it will take some time to get used to an endless panorama, where sea and sky meet in infinity.
Walking through the paths of western Sicily you will be amazed at how wild and beautiful nature can be at the same time. The colors of the Mediterranean bush, the intense blue of the sea, the carob trees and dwarf palms, will give you a landscape never seen before. Here the average annual temperature is 19 degrees, the ideal place for a lush nature, with bright tints, at any time of the year.
Overnight in Scopello.
Walking in the Natural Reserve of Monte Cofano
15km, 3,5h, +300m - 100m
On the third day of the Western Sicily Walking holiday you will discover another work of art of nature: the Reserve of Monte Cofano. Located in the territory of the municipality of Custonaci, it covers an area that separates the Gulf of Castelluzzo from the Gulf of Bonagia.
Inside the Reserve you will find an ancient coastal tower, the Tono Tower, unique in Sicily for its square architecture with concave walls. The sea that surrounds it is of an intense blue.
Crossing the path inside the Monte Cofano Reserve you will find that silence is the best of travel companions, able to amplify the sounds of nature of a timeless place.
Along the way you will find another coastal tower, San Giovanni Tower, and nearby a small chapel dedicated to the Crucifix.
The mountain hides countless caves dating back to the prehistoric period. With a little luck, it will also be possible to admire a rare fauna, including the peregrine falcon.
Overnight in Custonaci.
Walking from Custonaci to Erice
14km, 4h, +600m -150m
On the fourth day of the Western Sicily walking holiday you will see the path of an ancient mule track that leads from Custonaci to Erice.
The pilgrims traveling to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Custonaci, arrived under the arch of the Knight, allowed themselves a stop: from this historical place you set off in the direction of the Park of Misericordia.
Along the way, in addition to beautiful orchids and exuberant nature, you can admire from above the crenellated towers of Erice and the small village of Bonagia, close to the sea.
Reached Valderice you have the opportunity to linger to admire a breathtaking view, before continuing to the medieval village of Erice. Once in Erice, after one last uphill climb, you can visit the Norman Castle, the Pepoli Tower, the Cathedral of Assunta.
An unmissable experience is the tasting of typical sweets, in particular almond paste, at the Maria Grammatico pastry shop.
For those who are curious about local crafts, we recommend visiting the workshops of rugs and hand-painted ceramics.
Overnight in Erice.
Walking to Trapani
10km, 2,5h, +50m -600m
The fifth day of the Western Sicily Walking holiday is dedicated to the westernmost part of Sicily, the area of Trapani, where the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian seas meet.
From the summit of the ancient medieval village of Erice, you take a path inside the Monte Erice wooded area, where you can admire Mediterranean pines, oaks and eucalyptus trees.
Along the way you will meet the Sanctuary of Sant'Anna, a place of prayer, from whose top you can catch a glimpse of Trapani and the Egadi islands.
The rest of the day is dedicated to the discovery of Trapani, its historic center extends over the small peninsula which stretches to the sea and ends in the small harbor, which in the morning comes alive with the fish market.
Return back by bus or cableway and overnight in Erice.
After breakfast transfer to the Port and Hydrofoil to Favignana, where you can enjoy your next two night of your Western Sicily walking holiday.
Favignana is the largest and most important island in the Egadi archipelago, is an island of fishermen and part of its charm is given by the nets, the small boats and the docks of its small harbour. The thin white sand welcomes a clear sea; one of the most beautiful beaches is Cala Rossa. The rocky coast, with the walls of Punta Fanfalo and Grotta Perciata, stands out on the sea and hides beautiful sea caves. On the side of Punta Lunga you can admire beautiful sunsets on the sea.
For those who love industrial archaeology you can visit the former Florio factory, and relive the history of the Florio family, entrepreneurs in the tuna trade.
Overnight in Favignana.
Levanzo walking tour
10km, 2,5h, +200m -200m
Today you can enjoy the island of Levanzo, the smallest of the Egadi islands, reachable with a short hydrophilic transfer.
The island of Levanzo is only 6 and a half miles from Trapani, its area is 10 square meters, with a population center of about 200 inhabitants. The landscape is characterized by the white limestone rock and the caves excavated in it. Surrounded by clear waters and white beaches, the island of Levanzo offers several trails from which to admire the panorama. Do not miss to visit the “Grotta del Genovese”.
Hydrofoil back and overnight in Favignana.
Segesta Archeological Site
The last day of our Western Sicily Walking Holiday is dedicated to the archaeological treasures of Segesta, an ancient city of Hellenic tradition.
The archaeological park of Segesta is located in a valley surrounded by hills. The theatre, built in the 3rd century BC, dominates the valley. The state of preservation is perfect, the hemicycle located on the rocky slope of Mount Barbaro, has a diameter of 63 meters.
At the bottom of the valley is the Temple of Segesta, surrounded by Mount Bernardo and Mount Barbaro. The temple is a perfectly preserved Doric building, in fact the 36 columns that compose it are still completely intact. From the right distance you can admire the ochre limestone rock of the Temple that stands out against the green of the hills.
After the visit, continue to Palermo for the last overnight stay of your trip.
Our Western Sicily Walking Holiday ends here, but we know that the beauty of these places will come home with you.
Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each walker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
Our offer includes
- 8 nights with breakfast
- Transfer IN
- Scheduled private transfers
- Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
- Hydrophilic from/to Trapani
- Information package
- Smartphone offline GPS app (on request)
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Transfer OUT
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees
- Hydrophilic from/to Levanzo
- Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
- Insurance and everything not listed as "Included"
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
The tour winds mainly through dirt paths and country lanes; rarely, and only when strictly necessary, on busy roads.
We recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes, better if trekking boots, and to bring with you a hat, drinking water, sun cream, swimsuit and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.
The itinerary is designed to offer a combination of nature and culture, while providing a good level of comfort.
The morphological conformation of Western Sicily provides considerable differences in level to be tackled daily, so the tour is suitable for anyone with good walking training.
The length of a walking day ranges from a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 16 km, with travel times between 2,5 and 4 hours.
This tour offers accommodation in charming B&B and 4* hotel.
All rooms are ensuite.
2 nights in Scopello, Hotel Baglio di Scopello
1 night in Custonaci, Villa Zina Park Hotel
2 nights in Erice, Residence San Martino
2 nights in Favignana, Dimora La Torre
1 night in Palermo, Locande Sette Fate
In case of non-availability: the accommodations we choose are always within walking distance of the main attractions, shops or restaurants. In case of limited availability we choose an alternative position with similar characteristics. Alternative details will be noted in the updated service list.
8 breakfasts included. All other meals are not included.
This tour includes a private transfer from Palermo to Scopello. Your driver will deliver the information package to you.
We will take care of your luggage while you are walking. In case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 8 to 21. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.
During the private transfer from Palermo Apt to Scopello, your driver will give you the Information Package. The Package contains the following Travel Documents:
- updated Service List;
- Vouchers to be delivered to the partners;
- luggage Labels;
- detailed Route Description with maps.
Palermo is easily reachable by train, bus, car and by air.
BY TRAIN. Trenitalia connects the main Italian cities with the capital of Sicily. From Milan it takes from 15 to 20 hours of travel, with 1 or two changes; from Rome about 11/12 hours with direct line.
BY AIR. Palermo Airport Falcone e Borsellino is well connected to the most important Italian and foreign cities.
The airport is about 35km from the city and is well connected with the bus service of the Prestia e Comandè bus lines: the cost of the single route is € 6.00. More information at the following link.
The train service to and from the airport has also been reactivated, for information and timetables refer to the Trenitalia website.
BY BUS. Palermo is also accessible by bus. Here some of the major operating companies: Marinobus, Baltour & Flixbus, Sais autolinee, Buscenter.
BY CAR. To get to Palermo by car, there are convenient maritime connections departing from Naples, Livorno, Genoa, Tunis. Instead, crossing the Strait of Messina, take the A20 Messina-Palermo, a very suggestive but very busy route.