Western Sicily

The western tip of Sicily includes the part of the island that falls west of a line drawn between Palermo and Agrigento (on the north and south coasts repectively).

Less visited than some parts of Sicily, in part due to its remoteness (although there is now motorways which run to both the north and south of the region), the western part of Sicily has several important highlights and places to visit.

Temples

There are a couple of very important temple sites to discover, each of which has great appeal and should feature as part of your visit.

These include the group of Ancient Greek temples at Selinunte and the lovely setting for the Elymian temple at Segesta.

Along the coast of western Sicily

There is often an almost Arab-African feel to the towns and villages - this is due to the proximity to Tunisia, just a short journey across the Mediterranean and closer than much of mainland Italy (see Mozia, Marsala and Mazara del Vallo along the southern coast for examples). The highlights along the coast here include:

  • The interesting town of Trapani has several architectural highlights
  • The Natural reserve at Paceco
  • The striking medieval town of Erice, and also the castles to be seen at the town
  • Marsala, producer of white wine and home to a museum featuring a rare Punic warship
  • the fishing town of Mazara del Vallo
  • the historic town of Sciacca, south-east of Selinunte

There are also some very good beaches along this section of the coast - one of the best is at San Vito lo Capo towards the north. (Less tempting to sun-worshippers - there are extensive salt flats between Trapani and Marsala.)

Other places to visit in western Sicily

- the very beautiful Natural Reserve dello Zingaro just north of Scopello (and south of the popular beach at San Vito lo Capo), where there are various attractive beaches and walks through the protected landscape

- the Aegadian Islands (including Favignana and Levanzo) and Pantelleria Island off the western tip of Sicily