Western Sicily travel guide, tourism and highlights

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Visit West 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.


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 nearby resort of Castellammare del Golfo is a pleasant base for visiting the reserve.

The Aegadian Islands including Favignana and Levanzo and Pantelleria Island off the western tip of Sicily all make pleasant excursions.

Inland is the town of Corleone famous for its Mafia connections and the home town of Vito Corleone in the film and novel 'The Godfather'.

See also:

Map of West Sicily and places to visit

Places to visit near West Sicily



Alcamo has a popular Marina and an old town with a number of Baroque churches and a castle.

Alcamo guide



Caltabellotta occupies a stunning position on Mount Kratas.

Caltabellotta guide



Carini is a well known shopping destination in Sicily and has a castle and attractive old centre.

Carini guide

Castellammare del Golfo

Castellammare del Golfo

Castellammare del Golfo is a small seaside resort set in a small bay with a harbour and a castle

Castellammare del Golfo guide



Corleone is a town famous for its mafia connections and as the name of, and home town to, Vito Corleone in the Godfather.

Corleone guide



Erice is one of the most beautiful villages of Sicily.

Erice guide