Slowly cycling through the western coast of Sicily you will be able to appreciate its vivid contrasts and extraordinary history.
This region offers full palette of colours: luminescent white in the salt pans, deep blue skies, emerald waters for bathing and fields full of the greens and yellows. The towns are lively and bustling while the countryside is quiet and peaceful. Some days are short on purpose, leaving you plenty of time to relax and explore at your own pace.
Arrive to the town where Marsala wine comes from and spend the afternoon mingling with the locals as they promenade on marble cobbled streets from one piazza to the next, chatting and admiring the numerous imposing baroque churches.
Head North along the coast to the spectacular Infersa salt flats, a patchwork of shallow coastal lakes lined with ancient windmills and home to many migratory birds and a small salt museum.
Leaving the bustling seaside towns behind head inland, gradually ascending via a succession of pastures and rolling wheat covered fields that gently sway in the wind. This sparsely populated, vast expanse of beautiful nature dotted with old crumbling farm houses is a joy to the eye and a pallet of contrasting colours that change with every season. Spring is ripe with the lush green wheat that turns bronze yellow in summer then ochre and brown as the fields are plowed. Our destination for the next 2 nights is a small family run farm serving wonderful home grown and locally sourced Sicilian specialties prepared by the “mamma”.
Contouring the gentling rolling hills ride to the archeological site of the ancient Elimian town of Segesta where, perched atop of a hill overlooking a deep canyon, an unusually well preserved though unfinished 5th century BC Doric temple stands in full glory. A pleasant walk up the hill along a series of buildings dating back to various ages takes you to the ancient Greek theater carved into a natural rock hollow. Extend the day’s ride to the local hot springs for a dip or return to the farm to relax by the outdoor pool.
Heading back towards the coast wind our way through some more hills and then speed down to the lively city of Trapani where you spend 2 nights. Along the way see looming high above the ancient town of Erice said to have been founded by exiled Trojans. This was also an important religious site and a famous temple dedicated to Aphrodite come Venus in Roman times allegedly stood here. Spend the afternoon mingling with the locals enjoying stroll and people watching through the pedestrian historic center or head up to Erice via the cable car.
This morning a short boat ride takes you to the Island of Favignana, the largest of the 3 Aegedian Islands, set 7km off the western coast of Sicily and well known for its tuna fishing tradition. It’s a delight to cycling on the flat coastal roads bordered by the inviting turquoise colored sea. Stop for a dip in one of the many secluded coves and bays and enjoy the slow pace of life people watching on the village square.
The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked extra nights in Lecce.
6 nights in double rooms with breakfast
Hotel Carmine*** is located in the city centre of Marsala housed in an elegant building. Rooms are beautifully decorated with antique furnitures, exposed wood-beamed or vaulted ceilings. These have free Wifi, air conditioning, satellite TV, private bathroom, telephone. Location is quiet, staff is helpful. On good season breakfast is served in the garden.
This Agritourism is a biological company surrounded by Trapani's hills. Rooms are well-finished, basic and welcoming with private bathroom, air conditioning, free Wifi. The structure has an external swimming pool. Breakfast is very good. Owners are welcoming and helpful.
Hotel San Michele*** is centrally located in Trapani 5 minutes by foot from the harbour. The hotel is modern and refined, housed in historic building carefully restructured. Rooms are modern and elegant with smart TV, free Wifi, balcony or window, private bathroom, telephone, own air-conditioning. Breakfast is very good, with savoury and sweet dishes. Staff is helpful and courteous.
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Direct train and bus connections are available to reach Marsala from the main stations of both Trapani and Palermo.
On departure, direct busses connect the bus/train station in Trapani to the airport (TPS). You find information about times and costs here: www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it/.
If you are flying from Palermo (PMO), the Segesta Autolinee bus company connects Trapani to Palermo Centrale train station. From there, you find connections to the airport.
You find further information here: www.gesap.it/en/aeroporto/arrive-at-the-airport/connections/.
GPS tracks available on request.
What is included:
· nights in double rooms with breakfast
· People and bike transfer Marsala-Contrada Casazze and luggage to Buseto Palizzolo; luggage transfer Buseto Palizzolo-Trapani;
. 2 dinners
. maps and detailed description of the itinerary
· 24h phone assistance
· Bike theft insurance
What is not included:
· Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
· lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated.
· visits and entrance fees - tips
· personal expense
· possible sojourn taxes
· everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
. Single room supplement
. Half Board supplement