Top 6 things to do in Trapani

Are you planning a trip to Trapani and don’t know what to do? If so, we’d like to take a look at the 6 must-see things to do in Trapani!

Trapani, one of Italy’s major cities in western Sicily, is full of treasures. Just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Palermo, come and discover Italian charm during a weekend in this incredible town. Situated between the Egadi Islands and Mount San Giuliano, the town is sure to win you over.

Trapani was founded in the 13th century BC by the ancient Elymians. It became an important Phoenician port from the 8th century BC onwards. It also enjoyed success with the Romans, Vandals, Byzantines and Muslims from the 9th century onwards. To the latter, we owe the specialty of Trapanese couscous.

As you can see, this city is a melting pot of cultures. And it shows in its architecture, history, atmosphere and philosophy. So, if you’d like to find out more about this city, we invite you to discover the 6 must-see things to do in Trapani.

1. Visit to the Ligny tower

Visite de la tour Ligny à Trapani

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Like a lighthouse at the end of the pier, the Torre di Ligny welcomes you among the waves and sand. For just €2, come and discover the historical excavations of Trapani and the bay that runs alongside it. This museum will win you over with its wealth of information on the city’s history.

What’s more, the tower contains an exhibition room not to be missed.

The bonus point? You’ll finish the tour above the tower, from where you can see Trapani and its port. All the more reason to enjoy a magnificent sunset with your loved ones.

2. Walk in the Trapani Saltworks Nature Reserve

Réserve naturelle de Trapani

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Trapani and Paceco salt is renowned for its wholesomeness and flavor. It also has the reputation of having been harvested for thousands of years. Even today, it is still produced by hand and sold at a premium. The reserve is protected by theWWF Association (World Widlife Fund). This allows it to retain its natural charm.

And after this gentle stroll through the salt dunes, don’t forget to visit the Nubia Museum. This is just beyond Trapani, on the SP 21 coastal road, in the Paceco saltworks area. This salt museum is housed in a 300-year-old windmill. It invites you to learn about both ancient and more recent salt extraction systems. You’ll also learn about the medicinal and dietary properties of salt.

And don’t forget to take home a bag as a souvenir gift for your friends and family. You can also choose to match it with Sicilian dishes you make at home, as a souvenir of your trip.

3. Visit San Lorenzo Cathedral

La cathédrale San Lorenzo

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Just an 8-minute walk from the port of Trapani on the peninsula, this imposing Catholic church was built in the 16th century. This magnificent monument will delight you with its great luminosity.

Indeed, its chandeliers welcome you along the central aisle, and the works displayed high up tell the story of the town’s history. All in smooth stone, it was tastefully restored in the 1990s. You’ll be amazed by its grandeur – it’s a must-see.

4. Taste local dishes

Cuisine traditionnelle de Trapani

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Trapani’s Arabic-influenced cuisine is renowned for its fish and seafood dishes. This may seem surprising. Indeed, other regions of Sicily favor meat in most of their dishes.

Whatever the case, it’s known for its pesto, its oil and, of course, its salt. However, it’s also in this western region that desserts are the sweetest. In other words, your dishes will be as seasoned as they come! And to accompany this fine meal, how can you refuse the possibility of an Italian wine? In fact, the province of Trapani boasts one of the largest vineyard areas in Europe, with over 66,000 hectares.

Are you curious? Then we’d like to introduce you to a few typical dishes to try.

Around the fish

  • Gnocculi, home-made pasta from Trapani
  • Pasta with lobster broth
  • A pasta cu’ l’agghia, pasta with pesto alla trapanese. This raw vegetarian sauce features basil, tomato and almonds. Pink Nubian garlic, olive oil, Sicilian pecorino and black pepper are added.
  • Raù ri tunnu, fresh red tuna stew
  • Tunnina ammarinata, sweet and sour tuna

Around the meat

  • Ejaddina cunsata, boiled poultry seasoned with mint leaves
  • Bbabbaluci cu’ l’agghia, boiled snails served with Trapanese pesto sauce

But which wine goes best with these dishes? Chardonnay from the Barone di Serramarrocco grape variety goes perfectly with fish, as well as white meat.

And the desserts?

Le dessert traditionnel

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  • Cannoli stuffed with ricotta
  • Cassateddi, sweet ravioli
  • Graffe con la ricotta, ricotta-filled fritters

The right wine? Here we suggest Moscato d’Asti, a white wine perfect for desserts.

5. Stroll in Erice

Balade à Erice

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This medieval village owes its name to Erice, son of Venus and Bute. According to local legend, he built the small village of Trapani. Situated on Mount San Giuliano, at an altitude of 750 metres, it offers a superb 360° panorama of the Sicilian coast.

On one side, the Trapani golf course (another way of visiting the city), the salt marshes and the Egades islands. On the other, the immense Valderice valley, Custonaci and the hinterland countryside. Also, if you’re lucky, superb weather will allow you to see the volcano Etna in the distance.

Would you like to see this panorama in all its glory? If so, Erice can also be reached in 10 minutes by cable car, from a height of 3,099 meters. This village will charm you with its narrow cobbled streets, stone houses, castle, churches and gardens. Enough to delight you for a whole day at least!

6. Visit to the Egades Islands

Visitez les îles Egades

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Off the coast of Trapani, you’ll find the archipelago of the Egades Islands: Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. If you dream of transparent waters, this is where you’ll find them! Here’s what you can do on each island:

  • Do you prefer the atmosphere of a fisherman’s house? Then visit the center of Marettimo Island. By boat, you can reach a number of caves, including those of Cammello (Camel) and Tuono (Thunder).
  • Would you like to see wrecks from Roman times accompanied by a guide? Then head for the island of Levanzo and you’ll be in for a treat.
  • As for Favignana, it will charm you with its azure cove, Cala Azzurra, and its Perciata grotto. The latter is named for its pierced cavity, which lets sunlight into the sea.

How to get to Trapani

Is a visit to Trapani on the agenda for your next vacation? Then here’s how to reach your destination by car, plane or bus.

By car

  • From Palermo: take theA29(1 hour 30 minutes, 95 kilometers) and count 17 euros, including gas and toll.
  • From Marsala: drive along Via Strada Provinciale 21, along the coast. Allow 45 minutes(30 kilometers).

There are also 25 parking lots in the city, most of them outdoor. Don’t want the hassle of driving all the time? Then Trapani Parking Service is waiting for you at the entrance to the town. It’s perfectly suited to your needs. What’s more, it’s under video surveillance and available for as long as you like.

By plane

As the city has its own airport, you can also make a return trip from Paris to Trapani: you’ll need 2 stopovers and a flight time of 8 to 15 hours. Also, according to online comparators such as Ulysse, you can expect to pay around €220 per round trip.

Would you like to rent a car as soon as you arrive at the airport? Allow around 120 euros for 4 days. But don’t forget to book in advance to avoid last-minute problems!

By bus

From the Sicilian capital’s airport, take the Express Shuttle Palermo-Trapani minibus: €23, 1-hour drive. Be careful, however, as there are only 8 seats in the vehicle.

Where to stay?

Tourist activities are mainly located on the port, so we recommend you stay on the peninsula. Otherwise, for accommodation in the center of Trapani, expect to pay between €60 and €100 per night. This applies to both hotels and private apartments. As for Airbnb, you’ll need to budget between €20 and €50 a night. Use our hotel comparator to find the best hotel deals among the many solutions on offer.

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