At the beginning of October my mom and I spend 6 days at the Italian island Sicily. It was our first time in Sicily. Before our trip people advised us to stay in the Eastern part of Sicily because that’s supposed to be the most beautiful part. Instead we chose to fly to Trapani and explore the region between Marsala and Palermo. The pictures in this photo blogpost will give you an idea of what that part of the island is like and what to expect when exploring West Sicily.
We choose to explore the region beween Marsala and Palermo because it’s the most unknown part of the island, you will not find many tourists here. That’s what we prefer. We booked an apartment in Balestrate, a small village at the coast. Every morning we enjoyed the view in the picture beneath.
It was raining cats and dogs during our visit to Trapani, but despite the rain we explored the city on foot. Don’t you just love the sight and smell of freshly washed laundry hanging outside, and balconies in all kinds of colours? We do!
The main street in Trapani: with alluring and prominent buildings with beautiful facades.
From Trapani a small funicular takes you 751 meters up to Erice: an old village with narrow streets and an attractive view over Trapani.
Palermo turned out to be an intriging city. When we first arrived I felt a bit overwhelmed by all the people, traffic and noise. It looked like chaos. Luckily the city center, the old town, was absolutely stunning. And, free of traffic. Take at least a few days to really get to know Palermo. It’s a city with many faces, beautiful buildings, narrow streets, lots of delicious veggie food, culture and street art. Just 1 day doesn’t do this city justice at all. According to the locals the vegan food scene really evolved the last years. They said: “Palermo is the city to go to when visiting Sicily if you are looking for surprising and delicious vegan food!”
From busy Palermo to Marsala. This small city is located in the western part of Sicily and has a beautiful old city centre. Check out the pomegranate juice bar in the middle of the centre. Pomegranate juice is definately a treat: refreshing, a bit tangy and sweet. Veggie food? Skip Marsala, it’s really not vegan friendly.
If you go from Marsala to Trapani by car, take the scenic route along the salt flats. The salt looks like crystals: shiny and sparkly. This part of the island is very different: a flat landscape. But the salt flats really make up for it. The salt is also called white gold.
While on holiday in Sicily spending time at the beach is inevitable: take of your shoes and take a long walk trough the surf. It’s amazing; the sun on your face, the wind in your hair. We loved it!
What do you think after reading this article? Visiting Sicily: yes or no? We say YES! It’s such a stunning island and it has so much to offer. It’s quiet, it has a beautiful coast line, great cities, lovely small towns. And, not too many tourists yet. We loved it and hope to go back some day.