In July of this year Lorenzo and I headed for three nights to the west coast of Sicily. Neither of us had ever been and we decided to start with the west coast, as we didn’t have much time and we were looking for a relaxing weekend away from the madness of Rome.
A short flight from Rome, we flew to Palermo, rented a car and drove straight to Trapani. I had done a bit of research online, but there wasn’t as much written about the west coast as there is the east coast.
Where to Stay
When we arrived in Trapani, we checked into our B&B which was right on the port. I love to stay in traditional style Italian places when we travel here. I found Alla Marina B&B on booking.com and I was liked its authentic Sicilian vibes. On arrival it was even better than I could have imagined. It was like stepping back in time, with heavy furnishings, high ceilings and dark wood interiors, housed in a three floor Palazzo.
Once we had checked in, we went to explore Trapani. You only really need one day to walk around this small city. It is great as a base for traveling around during the day and has a great nightlife. At about 7pm, when the temperatures get a bit cooler, Trapani transforms itself from a sleepy ghost town, to a vibrant hub of activity, with a mixture of tourists and Sicilians filling the streets.
San Vito Lo Capo – Lorenzo and I had a beach day on the white sands and crystal blue waters of the San Vito Lo Capo beach. The beach was very busy, but that is to be expected for July, but it was worth the chaos to get to have a dip in the sea. We rented two sunbeds and 1 umbrella for a total of 15 Euros, which is fantastic. It is a 1hour and 20 minute drive from Trapani, so it is worth getting up early so you can spend the whole day there.
Erice – This is a magical little town perched 750m above sea level, with fantastic views of Trapani and the Aegadian Islands on Sicily’s north-western coast. We parked below and took the cable car up to the top. While we were there we strolled around the narrow, sleepy streets and admired the stunning views. We went for an afternoon, although I would have liked to have had lunch there and made a day of it, if we’d had more time.
Favignana – The Island of Favignana was probably my favourite part of the trip. About a 1 hour ferry ride from Trapani, this island had the best beaches and most spectacular water that I have ever seen – ever! We rented bicycles and visited the different beaches and chowed down on arancini for lunch. Notable moments include swimming in the grottos. Heaven!
What and Where to Eat
Being on the water means that Trapani has some of the best fish I have ever tasted. Lorenzo and I went for a lot of fried fish and pasta with La Bottarga (which are fish eggs).
Here are my reccommendations:
Pasticceria Colicchia – Brioche with gelato and coffee flavoured granita.
Dinner – Trapani
Salamureci – Ask to sit in the garden
Al Vicoletto – Hidden entrance down an alleyway
Caupona Taverna- Great service and local food
Maree – relaxed atmosphere with fried fish and local white wine
Lunch – San Vito Lo Capo
Tasty – Inexpensive and fantastic arancini, located right beside the beach.
Lunch – Favignana
Girarrosto Rosticceria – simple takeway food = more Arancini!
What to wear
Normally when in Rome I avoid heels, just because the cobbled streets are a nightmare, but since it was a special trip I thought I’d take a chance and break out some of my favourite shoes. Luckily the streets of Trapani were a lot kinder to my feet, with large flagstones, making it easy to stroll around.
I was really impressed with the local style and how everyone made an effort in the evening to dress up. It was like watching a Dolce & Gabbana advert it real- life.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and it has been a helpful guide for your own trip to the west coast of Sicily.
Love Dani x