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The charming Egadi Island of Levanzo
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Highlights

  • Uncover the secrets of Sicily’s off-the-beaten track Western coast
  • Pristine and undiscovered nature reserves of Zingaro and Monte Cofano
  • The ancient city of Palermo, rich in culture and architecture
  • Charming Egadi Islands of Levanzo and Favignana boasting a long history
  • Classic local cuisine and wines specific to Western Sicily, such as Marsala

Discover Sicily’s windswept and unspoilt Western coast and its intriguing mix of nature, history and culture.

The sweeping views of the mountains that meet turquoise seas in the nature reserves of Zingaro and Monte Cofano are a sight to behold, as are the vistas upon reaching the dizzying heights of Erice, an impregnable hilltop town, perched at 750m above sea level.

The Segesta Archaeological Site and its well-preserved Greek Theatre is a highlight. Levanzo and Favignana, two of the Egadi Islands are charming, with their white-washed cubed houses, more reminiscent of Greece than Italy. The excellent culinary tradition here draws on many influences and the revolution in the Sicilian wine industry during the 1980’s has produced some remarkable local wines.

Day 1: Arrive in Scopello and overnight

After an included transfer from Palermo (1H), accessible by air from the UK and hubs all over Europe, reach Scopello, a tiny village near the Zingaro Nature Reserve. This attractive part of the Western Sicily coastline is dotted with villas and the village itself is situated on a plateau above the sea with the green hillsides nearby. Explore its pretty little lanes and enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants this evening.


Overnight: Scopello.


Day 2: Zingaro Natural Reserve Walk

Walk directly out of your hotel and into the Zingaro  Natural Reserve. This is Sicily’s first natural reserve and was established in 1976. It is home to towering limestone hills, interspersed by spectacular caves and a coastline dotted with coves and cliffs. During your walk you will visit various coves with the opportunity to swim in the turquoise waters if the weather permits.


During your walk spot the great diversity of flora and fauna with over 600 species of plants, ferns and lichens. Keep your eyes peeled for the Bonelli eagle, the swift peregrine, plus the Sicilian lizard!


Walk: 11.5 km


Overnight: Scopello


Day 3: Transfer to Strada Comunale. Monte Monaco Walk, transfer to Trapani

A private transfer brings you to the start of your walk at Strada Comunale. Begin with an uphill ascent on a wide dirt track that becomes more narrow as you gradually climb to the top. With splendid views over the Tyrrhenian Sea and San Vito lo Capo, this is worth a moment to breath and capture the scenery! Follow the route crossing fields of olive trees until you reach the end of your walk. A private transfer will collect you and bring you back to Trapani.


Trapani has a beautiful historic centre well-worthy of exploration. It is the gateway to the Egadi islands, 2 of which you will explore throughout the coming days.


This evening sit on a lovely outdoor terrace on one of Trapani’s delightful piazzas where you can people watch and enjoy some great local food such as fish couscous.


Walk: 6.5 km


Overnight: Trapani


Day 4: Egadi Islands, walk on Levanzo

Take the hydrofoil to the Egadi Islands and today to Levanzo, the smallest one.  Land at the very picturesque port before setting off on your walk. It will be possible to book the local custodian (in advance) to show you the prehistoric paintings in the Cave of Genovese. These cave paintings are 11 to 12 thousand years old and are rock paintings of men and animals (deer, cows, horses, fish and humans) joined in an ancestral link.


After the cave visit enjoy a walk on the island with its lines of dry stone walls dividing overgrown fields, terraced hillsides and small stone shelters. Take time to explore the small port with its little white houses surrounding the harbour. It's possible to find a great little restaurant here for lunch.


Walk: 15 km


Overnight: Trapani


Day 5: Free morning Trapani

This morning there will be time to discover more of Trapani and its Baroque centre. At one time it thrived due to its tuna and coral fishing industry.


After lunch board the cableway up to the lovely hilltop town of Erice (10 mins). Towering over the west of Sicily at 751m above sea level, it is a wonderfully preserved medieval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Explore here before embarking on your walk down to Trapani which offers tremendous views down the hillside over vineyards and on a clear day, even all the way to the coast of Africa!


Walk: 6 km


Overnight: Trapani


Day 6: Day on Favignana, Egadi Island

After breakfast take the hydrofoil to the island of Favignana, or La Farfalla as it is often referred to because of its butterfly shape. It is the largest, and most important, of all the Egadi Islands and a popular holiday destination during the summer months. This is largely thanks to the azure waters of its bays such as Cala Rossa. The main town, which is also known as Favignana has a small port which is dominated by the Fort of Santa Caterina, originally built by Arabs as a watchtower.


It has an easy, unpretentious charm and you can relax on its lovely sandy beach and enjoy a long Sicilian lunch in one of its main piazzas. Take the hydrofoil back to Trapani at your leisure.


Overnight: Trapani


Day 7: Segesta Archaeological Site and walk, transfer to Palermo

This morning a private transfer (30 mins) takes you to the Segesta Archaeological Site. This ancient city was founded in the 4th century BC and its Doric Temple and ancient theatre still survive. Walk into the surrounding hills absorbing this area’s ancient atmosphere and then a transfer (40 mins) brings you to Palermo, the regional capital.


This afternoon explore this vibrant, colourful city and visit the imposing cathedral and the Piazza Pretoria fountain. Perhaps enjoy a late lunch of traditional street food.


Walk: 9.5 km


Overnight: Palermo


Day 8: Onward journey

Take a local bus or taxi to to Palermo Airport and from here you can take your onward journey home.

Accommodation

7 Nights in good quality B&B’s, and 3* hotels. The accommodation normally used is detailed below. However we may use alternatives of a similar standard should the dates you request not be available.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers, although there is a supplement due to the fact that some of the costs (such as transfers) are not shared. Single rooms are available on request and a supplement is payable.



 

 

 




Talia B&B - Scopello

Sit out on the terrace which looks out over the sea. Admire the views as you eat your fortifying breakfast. All the colourfully decorated rooms boast Wifi and a spacious sitting area.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Ai Lumi B&B - Trapani

This B&B is located within walking distance of the major sites in Trapani and just 100m from the boarding point to ferries that leave for the Egadi Islands. The rooms are equipped with every comfort.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Tonic - Palermo

This hotel has a great location in the centre of Palermo, close to the port. It is near the city's main theatres; Teatro Massimo and Teatro Politeama and you can begin your day with the generous breakfast buffet.


 

 

 

Time of Year

As with much of Italy, Spring is a lovely time of year for walking due to the wild flowers popping up everywhere. Also the Autumn is great and you can walk when any crowds have left. The height of summer can be hot to walk so you will need to start out early and take plenty of sun protection and water.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers, although there is a supplement due to the fact that some of the costs (such as transfers) are not shared. Single rooms are available on request and a supplement is payable.


Grade & Terrain

Although this trip is graded easy to moderate overall, it is advisable that you will have had previous walking experience. You will be walking on large dirt roads, mule tracks and on paths. You should be in good physical fitness to fully enjoy the walking on this tour. Although the distances are fairly short there are some elevation gains and losses, but mostly only about 200-300m. However on the Zingaro Nature Reserve walk the elevation gain is 500m and on the Erice walk the elevation loss is 650m.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is at times waymarked (in the Nature Reserves) but outside of this there will be little way-marking. Detailed routes note and maps will provided for you.


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. On this particular tour your luggage will be transferred at the same time as you. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Meals

A breakfast will be provided by your accommodation every morning. Usually they are buffet-style or continental breakfasts. Dinners are not included, however there are options to dine out either at your accommodation (if they have a restaurant) and in the village and towns in which your accommodation is situated. Lunch is  also not included, but you can find small stores in which to purchase items for a picnic lunch. In your route notes we give advice on where you can eat/pick up lunch.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sunhat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a daypack.


Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

Getting to and from Palermo.

By Air: You can fly into Palermo Airport.


There are flights to Palermo from the UK. (Ryanair and Easyjet). At the time of writing this, Alitalia, Lufthansa and Air France also have flights from Europe into Palermo. From Palermo Airport there is an included transfer to  Scopello. Please let us know what time your flight arrives so that we can set up the transfer for you.


Should you wish to take a ferry from the mainland Italy there are overnight ferries from places such as Naples, Civitavecchia and Genoa.


Your last night will be spent in Palermo. You can take either a bus or taxi to the airport. Buses leave every 30 mins from the Central Station and take 45 mins. We can arrange a private taxi transfer from your accommodation to the airport. Please ask your Destination and Adventure Specialist for details.

Included

  • 7 Nights in B&B’s, & 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Private transfers on Days 1, 3 & 7
  • Route notes, maps and detailed information pack
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Palermo
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Ferries or entrances
  • Tourist taxes (usually €1.50 per day)
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Extra nights before, during or after your walk

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice from our clients and team.

How fit do I need to be?

Although this trip is graded easy to moderate overall, it is advisable that you will have had previous walking experience. You will be walking on large dirt roads, mule tracks and on paths. You should be in good physical fitness to fully enjoy the walking on this tour.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. Sicily is very popular especially during July/August. We will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

What personal equipment do I need?

After booking you'll receive our pre-departure information pack which has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop - check with your accommodation provider as they usually have the best knowledge of local public transport. You may also be able to ride with the luggage but this is not always the case due to insurance restrictions in some vehicles.

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