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Situated on the western coast of Sicily is the historic Italian city of Trapani; a lively and historic port city. It’s a Mediterranean paradise that is just waiting to be explored this year.

Just a short walk from the town itself, you’ll find sandy beaches with azure blue water lapping at the shore. Take a kayak out on the sea, soak up the sun on a lounger with a cocktail in hand, or simply enjoy a relaxing stroll along beach. A summer holiday in Trapani in 2019 / 2020 can be whatever you want it to be.

The Old Town gives visitors a chance to explore an old way of Sicilian life. Meander along the quaint and narrow streets that lead you to the area’s historical landmarks. Then, taste some traditional Sicilian cuisine created from recipes that have been handed down through the generations.

With its beautiful weather, fascinating culture and delicious food, perhaps it’s time to try out Trapani.

Top attractions

Top attractions

The ancient city of Erice overlooks Trapani, and visitors interested in exploring it can expect to find cobbled streets and well preserved medieval architecture. There are also some amazing views of the nearby islands of Favignana and Levanzo from the top.

The oldest buildings in Trapani date back hundreds of years, making it an unchanging place to spend the afternoon exploring. The fabulous Basilica Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata houses the marble statue of the Madonna di Trapani; and is certainly worth visiting. The Church of San Lorenzo, built in 1421, is another must-see attraction in the city and visitors will learn about the famed architect Giovan Biagio Amico inside

Before the holiday is over, head down to the harbour to check out The Torre Colombaia. It was once used as a prison, but it is now one of the main attractions of the area.

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Eating out

Eating out

When it comes to Sicilian food, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. Start your Italian meal with an antipasti board of cold meats and cheeses as you sip on some rich red wine. Sicilian fritella is a traditional local dish. It’s made of fava beans, peas and artichokes, and is certainly worth tasting during a holiday in Trapani. If seafood is more your thing, then try a warm Sicilian octopus salad. The combination of olives, carrots and freshly caught octopus make a truly delicious starter.

Spaghetti ai ricci is another local favourite for those craving some more fresh seafood; think delicious Italian pasta cooked with sea urchin, tomatoes and parsley. It’s not all pasta here, though. Trapani is also famous for various couscous dishes; there’s even a couscous festival near Trapani during the last week of September.

Sicilian deserts are in a league of their own. During your 2018 holiday in Trapani, it would be criminal not to try cannoli. The shell made of crispy dough is usually filled with fresh ricotta and chocolate chips.

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Families

Families

One of the great things about a holiday in Trapani, is that kids are very welcome in the resort. The city has a laid-back and friendly atmosphere with plenty of things to entertain the little ones. It’s also easy to get around Trapani with children. You can pretty much walk everywhere and the pedestrianised areas make getting around town safe and straight-forward.

The ancient Greek temples around Trapani offer families a great option for a fascinating day out. The kids will enjoy exploring the crumbling structures while learning all about the culture of the area. Don’t miss Selinunte, an ancient Greek city that is home to five temples built around an acropolis.

Families will love a day trip to Favigana Island. Holidaymakers can hire bikes, and cycle along the scenic paths that crisscross the beautiful island. If two wheels isn’t your thing, then take off on your own two feet along a hiking trail. You’ll discover some incredible views out to sea while working up an appetite for some more of that delicious Sicilian food.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Trapani’s beautiful coastline offers plenty of reasons to get out there and enjoy some water sports. Scuba diving is one of the area’s most popular activities, and it’s not just for the experts. Beginners can get to grips with the basics before heading out to explore the Mediterranean at a dive school. There are also plenty of options for hopping aboard a boat tour around the Trapani coast. Others might like to hire a kayak and discover the caves that lie further along the coast.  

Away from the beach, the most daring thrill seekers can take a jeep safari near Segesta. See the region’s natural landscape in a unique way, and admire the wildlife that calls Trapani home.

One of the most popular destinations for hiking and mountain biking is Mount Etna. The huge volcano lies on the East side of the island and is a magnificent thing to behold.  Any holiday in Sicily this year wouldn't be complete without a visit to the infamous Mount Etna.

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Beaches

Beaches

Trapani is home to several small beaches that provide holidaymakers with a chance to splash around in the waves. Many of the beaches are on the northern side of the peninsula, and offer excellent spots to work on an authentic Sicilian tan.

The resort of San Vito lo Capo is one of the most popular near Trapani. Not only does the wide beach offer plenty of water sports to try out, and plenty of space to stretch out on the sand, but it has also numerous restaurants, cafes and bars nearby. You won’t struggle to find somewhere to enjoy an evening drink as the sun goes down on Sicily.

If you fancy adding a day trip to your holiday itinerary then consider hopping over to the Egadi (Aegadian) Islands, just off the Sicilian coast. It’s easy to get there; you can take a short ride on a hydrofoil boat or ferry across to one of the islands.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Trapani boasts a vibrant nightlife scene for those looking to party the night away. After you’ve enjoyed an unforgettable Sicilian meal, you won’t have trouble finding a bar or club in the city centre where you can continue the evening.

Most great nights out in Trapani will begin on Via Garibaldi, where there are some great nightspots. The bars and clubs of Trapani normally stay open until the early hours of the morning as the nightlife doesn’t get going until around 9 PM. San Domenico Square is another top choice for drinks and Rakija bar is the most popular spot there because of its live music nights. Frida’s Bar is also a great option nearby.

If you fancy getting away from Trapani to enjoy a themed night out, then a trip to Lido Marausa is on the cards. It’s a beach bar and resort that welcomes visitors that are up for a good time.

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Couples

Couples

Few things are more romantic than a Mediterranean boat cruise. Spend a day with your loved one cruising along the glittering waters of the Sicilian coast. Watch dolphins swimming alongside the boat and see the island from a whole different perspective.

Trapani’s beaches provide everything you could ever need for a couple’s day in the sun. Plonk yourselves under a sun shade, and spend the day reading, listening to music or sipping on cold beers.

For a romantic afternoon away from the beach, head into the Old Town. Explore the cobbled streets and take in the stunning traditional architecture. Then, stop for a classic Italian espresso at one of the outdoor cafes.

When the sun sets, be sure to find a great spot to watch the sun go down on paradise. Once night falls, couples can find countless restaurants in the city serving pizza and other Italian delicacies. Wash it all down with a locally produced full-bodied red wine. After that, you’ll stumble upon plenty of romantic bars for a post-dinner cocktail.

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Culture

Culture

Trapani has a fascinating history, and by simply walking the streets of the Old Town  you’ll be able to see the past up close. Include a visit to the Greek temples at Agrigento or Segesta, and admire the amazing structures that were built centuries ago. Erice is a medieval city that is reached by a short cable car ride. The small town offers amazing views out to the sea, while providing tourists with a day out to remember.

Trapani hosts plenty of cultural festivals for guests to enjoy no matter when you book your holiday. Erice puts on an annual music festival and renaissance fair in August, and for the rest of the month the city enjoys a religious celebration in honour of St. Albert and the Madonna of Trapani. Then, in September, Trapani welcomes food lovers to the popular couscous festival that showcases all the best local recipes.

A holiday in Trapani is like no other, so why not make it your holiday destination in 2018?

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