Trapani What to see? Discover the most beautiful destinations
Trapani what to see during your holiday? You will be spoilt for choice. Born as ”Drepanon”, it is a city rich in ancient history, different cultures and incomparable flavours.
The promontory of Trapani is dominated by Erice, lying on the top of the homonymous mountain. This place has captured the time.
A short and suggestive crossing connects the port of Trapani to the nature reserve of the Egadi archipelago. Three islands perched on a single sea to be discovered.
The human settlements that have followed one another over time in our Trapani territory all have very ancient origins, dating back even to prehistoric times.
The naturalistic heritage of the province of Trapani is of great importance: there are 11 nature reserves, with the most varied and uncontaminated landscapes.
Founded by the Elymians, it was first inhabited by the Phoenicians and then, after countless invasions over the centuries, by the Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese and Bourbons, each leaving glimpses of their history and culture.
You can admire the majestic Cavarretta Palace with its grand Baroque façade, the Dome of St Augustine built by the Knights Templar right in front of the statue of the god Neptune, the founder of the ancient city.
Nicknamed “city of 100 churches”, “city of salt”, “city of wind” or “city of sailing”, each of these names demonstrates Trapani's versatility and the activities you can do during your holiday.
The historical centre will require all your attention to visit the Palazzo Senatorio with its Clock Tower and the Porta Oscura. The marvellous Ligny Tower, built in 1671 and which separates the waters of the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas, the small church of San Liberale and the Villino Nasi.
The Mura di Tramontana will lead you to the Piazza del Mercato del pesce (Fish Market Square) with the statue of Venus emerging from the sea in the centre.
What to see in the surroundings of Trapani?
One of the peculiarities of the beautiful city of Trapani is its geographical location. Getting around is very easy and allows you to reach many other destinations and unmissable attractions. Let's discover some of them.
Erice is definitely among the first to be mentioned. It is an ancient medieval town that still jealously holds palaces, castles and streets unchanged by time. It can be easily reached either by car or by a cablecar, which we recommend in order to enjoy the wonderful panorama. Attractions not to be missed include the Cathedral and the Tower of King Frederick, the mighty Castle of Venus and the Pepoli Castle, the Balio gardens, the Cyclopean walls, the Spanish quarter and the Church of Sant'Orsola, not to mention the fantastic pastry shops with the Genovesi and the beautiful local handicrafts with handmade carpets and ceramics.
San Vito lo Capo is the perfect destination to take a dip in indescribable waters. It has a 3 km coastline of golden sand and crystal-clear waters. Don't miss the beautiful Belvedere di Macari, the Sanctuary of San Vito martire, the Chapel of Santa Crescenzia, the lighthouse, the Tonnara del Secco, the bay of Santa Margherita and the small historical centre. In September, one of the city's biggest and most famous events is organised, the “Cous Cous Fest”, which every year welcomes thousands of tourists and chefs from all over the world to taste this tasty dish.
The Egadi Islands will be the treat you are looking for to make your holiday not only relaxing, but also fun and dynamic. You can opt for mini-cruises to discover Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo, so you won't miss this Mediterranean paradise. Favignana is the first of the islands and the most touristic. Cala Rossa, Cala Azzurra, Bue Marino are some of the coves that will amaze you with their beauty.
If you have ever seen a photo of Trapani, it probably depicted a mill at sunset against the backdrop of the Saline. The Saline from Trapani to Marsala are a park of about 1000 hectares occupied by several private salt pans still active in the production of sea salt. Since 1995, it has become the Trapani and Paceco Salt Pans Nature Reserve, managed by the WWF. You can learn about salt processing and extraction.
Welcome to Trapani, the city of dreams for the perfect holiday. Gaura Apartments is waiting for you!