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Sicily: Sunset west coast, Marsala & Trapani
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Sicily: Sunset west coast, Marsala & Trapani
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Sicily: Sunset west coast, Marsala & Trapani


Bike Tour: Sicily: Sunset west coast, Marsala & Trapani - 7 days

Slowly cycling through the western coast of Sicily you will be able to appreciate its vivid contrasts and extraordinary history. This region offers full palette of colours: luminescent white in the salt pans, deep blue skies, emerald waters for bathing and fields full of the greens and yellows. On the table a succession of mouth watering specialties will not disappoint you. The towns are lively and bustling while the countryside is quiet and peaceful. Some days are short on purpose, leaving you plenty of time to relax and explore at your own pace.

Day 1: Arrive in Marsala
Day 2: Coastal loop ride to the Marsala salt pans
Day 3: Ride Marsala to Buseto Palizzolo
Day 4: Greek temple of Segesta loop ride
Day 5: Ride Buseto Palizzolo to Trapani
Day 6: Favignana Island loop ride
Day 7: Arrivederci Trapani

Day 1:    Arrive in Marsala

Arrive to the town where Marsala wine comes from and spend the afternoon mingling with the locals as they promenade on marble cobbled streets from one piazza to the next, chatting and admiring the numerous imposing baroque churches

Day 2:    Coastal loop ride to the Marsala salt pans
23 km

Head North along the coast to the spectacular Inversa salt flats, a patchwork of shallow coastal lakes lined with ancient windmills and home to many migratory birds and a small salt museum

Challenge: 23km, ascent 20mt, descent 20mt

Day 3:    Ride Marsala to Buseto Palizzolo
42 km

Leaving the bustling seaside towns behind head inland, gradually ascending via a succession of pastures and rolling wheat covered fields that gently sway in the wind. This sparsely populated, vast expanse of beautiful nature dotted with old crumbling farm houses is a joy to the eye and a pallet of contrasting colours that change with every season. Spring is ripe with the lush green wheat that turns bronze yellow in summer then ochre and brown as the fields are plowed. Our destination for the next 2 nights is a small family run farm serving wonderful home grown and locally sourced Sicilian specialties prepared by the “mamma”

Option A ride depart from Mezzapelle; Option B ride depart from Marsala

Challenge A: 41km, ascent 480mt, descent 300mt

Challenge B: 52km, ascent 620mt, descent 300mt

Day 4:    Greek temple of Segesta loop ride
16 km

Contouring the gentling rolling hills ride to the archeological site of the ancient Elimian town of Segesta where, perched atop of a hill overlooking a deep canyon, an unusually well preserved though unfinished 5th century BC Doric temple stands in full glory. A pleasant walk up the hill along a series of buildings dating back to various ages takes you to the ancient Greek theater carved into a natural rock hollow.

Extend the day’s ride to the local hot springs for a dip or return to the farm to relax by the outdoor pool 

Option A: ride to Segesta; Option B: ride to Terme Segestane

Challenge: 16km, ascent 120m, descent 120m

Challenge: 34km, ascent 330m, descent 330m

Day 5:    Ride Buseto Palizzolo to Trapani
35 km

Heading back towards the coast wind our way through some more hills and then speed down to the lively city of Trapani where you spend 2 nights. Along the way see looming high above the ancient town of Erice said to have been founded by exiled Trojans. This was also an important religious site and a famous temple dedicated to Aphrodite come Venus in Roman times allegedly stood here. Spend the afternoon mingling with the locals enjoying stroll and people watching through the pedestrian historic center or head up to Erice via the cable car.

Challenge: 35km, ascent 260m, descent 450m

Day 6:    Favignana Island loop ride
24 km

This morning a short boat ride takes you to the Island of Favignana, the largest of the 3 Aegedian Islands, set 7km off the western coast of Sicily and well known for its tuna fishing tradition. It’s a delight to cycling on the flat coastal roads bordered by the inviting turquoise colored sea. Stop for a dip in one of the many secluded coves and bays and enjoy the slow pace of life people watching on the village square

Challenge: 24km, ascent 40m, descent 40m

Day 7:    Arrivederci Trapani

The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked extra nights in Lecce.


3* Hotel and Agriturismi

Hotel Carmine (Marsala)

Agriturismo Arcudaci (Buseto Palizzoli - TP)

Hotel Trapani In (Trapani)


Available on request


Front and rear lights available


Padlock included


Bags, 1 phone holder and 1 odometer included


Repair kit included

Practical info

6 Nights included

3* Star Hotels and Agriturismo

Breakfast included

Bike rental available

24h / service-hotline

Luggage transport 

Marsala and Trapani 


GPS-tracks available

Medical and luggage travel insurance

Arrival info

The nearest airports for the departure and arrival destinations are those of Trapani and Palermo

Marsala and Trapani Trainstations

Please consult the website of Trenitalia

Italian Bike Tours

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50122 Firenze FI
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