Western Sicily is, simply put, stunning. It’s clear, calm water, rugged Mediterranean landscapes, medieval towns, delicious seafood and rich red wines are deserving of a four to five day road trip. Best of all, this region hasn’t quite yet been found by international tourists. Enjoy the sleepy beaches and towns of San Vito lo Capo, Trapani and Marsala.
Fly into Palermo and then head west two hours along the coast by rental car to San Vito lo Capo.
Morsi e Sorsi Dinner in San Vito lo Capo. Try the seafood busiate pasta.
Caffè Savoia Ice cream and sweets overlooking the Santuario di San Vito Catholic church in San Vito lo Capo.
Pasticceria Maria Grammatico Pastry and sweet shop in Erice.
Donnafugata A family owned winery and historic cellar in Marsala. A tasting includes several traditional Sicilian foods. Try the nero d’avola red blends.
Ni Mia Beer bar a block from the beach in San Vito lo Capo.
Cantine Pellegrino A family-owned winery known for its sweet Marsala wine production. They also produce dry reds and whites.
Catamarano Alien Boat Tours A daylong boat trip off the coast of Trapani and around Favignana Island. The water, views, quiet coves and cliffs are incredible. Hosts Isa and Ale are incredibly generous and serve homemade, traditional meals and snacks.
Erice A well-preserved, hill-top medieval town overlooking the Mediterranean and Trapani. Take a cable car from Trapani or drive.
Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro A national reserve with seaside walks and hikes. Bring water and food!
San Vito lo Capo Do not miss this sleepy beach town. It has a truly world class beach.
Scopello A small village and beach town down the east side of the peninsula from San Vito lo Capo.
Trapani Tours A daylong tour of the region, including two wine tastings, tours of Trapani and Marsala, and a local salt flat. Guide and owner Aldo is incredibly knowledgeable of Sicily.
A few suggestions by area:
San Vito lo Capo The town is small and anything near the beach will be close to restaurants and night life. We loved Poseidon Residence.
Trapani Stay in Old Town. Secret B&B is a boutique hotel with beautiful touches in an old, traditional Sicilian building.