Sicily – Sea, Villages and Castles

Sicily, Italy

Holiday overview

Destination

Italy


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Apr - Oct


Price

£ 795 pp


Duration

7 nights


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Walking holidays Sicily offers you 7 days of easy but charming walking. Just west of Palermo’s markets is a beautiful and rugged coastline, and the wild Egadi islands in a crystalline sea. Inland, ancient Greek temples in a wonderfully luminous valley: this is Sicily in all its glorious contrasts.

Just west of Palermo’s markets is a beautiful and rugged coastline, and the wild Egadi islands in a crystalline sea. Inland, ancient Greek temples in a wonderfully luminous valley: this is Sicily in all its glorious contrasts. Art and nature combine to present a magnificent easy to moderate self-guided walking holiday.

 

Price:

March, October £795.00 per person based on two people sharing.

Supplement for departures from 25th June – 30th July & 26th August – 30th September £60

Single supplement £170

Solo walker supplement £450

 

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 continental breakfasts
  • Maps and route descriptions
  • Transfer Palermo airport to Scopello
  • Private transfers as per programme
  • 2 packed lunches
  • Local assistance

 

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Dinners and lunches (except as listed above)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • hydrofoil tickets
  • Anything not mentioned in the programme.

 

Departure Dates:

Daily April to October inclusive.

Day 1: Arrive Scopello

Arrival at Palermo/Trapani airport and private transfer to Scopello. Delivery of documents and overnight.

 

Day 2: Riserva dello Zingaro (5h trek, +500 mt – 530 mt, 11,50 km)

The Zingaro Park: the coastline that stretches between Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo has become a nature reserve, the first established in Sicily, since 1980. It is one of the unspoiled and most charming areas in Sicily and can be explored only on foot. The reserve is a place of great value not only for the beauty of the little bays where you can stop for a refreshing swim, but, above all, for the presence of its wildlife. You can stop for a swim or climb up the mountain to enjoy a wonderful view on the Gulf of Castellammare. Visiting the Museum of Contrada Sughero it’ll be possible to discover usages and customs of the people that lived in the Park at the beginning of the twentieth century. Accommodation in Scopello.

 

Day 3: Towards San Vito Lo Capo & Monte Monaco hike (2½ hours, + 480m, – 350m, 6,4 km)

This morning you will enjoy a nice moderate walk up to Monte Monaco in San Vito Lo Capo town. Mt Monaco owes its name to the particular shape that reminds one of a kneeling monk with hands clasped in prayer. After the walk, enjoy the idillyc beaches of San Vito or taste its popular couscous, still prepared according to the ancient Tunisian recipe. Private transfer to Trapani and overnight stay.

 

Day 4: Marettimo and walk to Punta Libeccio (2½ hours, + 185 m, – 180 m, 6,5 km)

From Trapani, take the hydrofoil to Marettimo, the farest of Egadi Islands. Enjoy an easy afternoon walk on good paths and tracks, taking you south to the lighthouse on the island’s rocky west coast. There is some shade along the way at Carcaredda, a small pine forest and equipped picnic area offering views towards Tunisia. From here you can also reach one of the small bays from where you can swim off the rocks before returning. Overnight in Marettimo.

 

Day 5: Walk to Monte Falcone and the Spanish Castle, boat back to Marettimo (5hrs, + 500m, -500m, 16 kms)

Today you have the chance to discover another side of the island and reach Monte Falcone, the highest point of Marettimo with superb views with an awesome landscape. Continue until the Spanish Castle and Punta Troia, from which you can go back to the village by boat, a worthwhile experience in Marettimo. Overnight in Marettimo.

 

Day 6: Return to the main island and visit Erice (2h trek– 650 mt, 6 km)

In the morning, take the hydrofoil back to Trapani. Enjoy visiting Trapani before your excursion to the nearby medieval town of Erice. Wandering through the narrow alleys and cobbled streets of Erice, returning to the

medieval period when the town was founded. Start your descent towards Trapani enjoying amazing views over the “Saline” of Paceco and the Aegadian islands from above. Overnight in Trapani.

 

Day 7: Segesta archaeological Park and transfer to Palermo

Private transfer to one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Sicily: Segesta. This ancient city, founded in the fourth century BC, preserves the Doric Temple and the Theatre which opens onto the surrounding hills. After your visit, you will be driven to the capital of Sicily, Palermo and visit the city at your own rhythm. Overnight stay in Palermo.

 

Day 8: End of tour after breakfast

Skill level:

Moderate. A prior hiking experience is recommended. During the wintertime the weather conditions could be difficult (strong wind, rain and cold temperatures). The typology of the paths are: large dirt road, mule track and large path.

 

Accommodation:

Ensuite rooms with breakfasts included

2 nights in B&B or hotel*** in Scopello

2 nights in B&B or hotel*** in Marettimo

2 nights in charming B&B or hotel*** in Trapani

1 night in charming B&B or hotel*** in Palermo

 

Equipment:

Trekking shoes, trekking socks, trekking t-shirt, warm shell, wind and waterproof jacket, hat and gloves, bathing suit, sunglasses and sun cream, daily backpack and a luggage, poles, utility knife.

Some transfer will be on a private vehicle some other will be on public transportation. We suggest you to bring a daily back pack (30 lt) and a wheel luggage for the short distances.

 

How to get there:

The closest airports are Palermo or Trapani airport. You will get a private transfer from the airport to the first accommodation.