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FAR WEST OF SICILY

 

Natural reserves, Greek temples and picturesque seafarers villages

 

an 8 days cycling tour in west Sicily

 

 

 

This cycling tour will skirt the fabulous Tyrrhenian coastline of western Sicily for the most part but it will also allow you to discover the inland through a countryside with olive trees, vineyards and historical sites. You will be cycling through Val di Mazara, one of the three administrative emirates into which the island was split during the Arab domination. In this area, the highlights are numerous: Natural Reserve dello Zingaro, the archaeological site of Segesta, Trapani and Marsala with its evocative landscape made of saltpans and old windmills. The last stretch you cycle from Mazara del Vallo, a renowned fishing port town with a strong Arabic influence to Selinunte with its beautiful beaches and spectacular Greek ruins.

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1 

Arrival at Scopello

Arrival in Scopello, a lovely, old hamlet (locally known as baglio from the arab bahal: courtyard) dating back to the 17th century. Around its small square, you will find most of the houses and shops of the entire village. The old tuna fishery is situated few kilometers away onto a promontory overlooking the crystalline waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The village with nice beaches is a good starting point to discover the Nature Reserve ‘Zingaro’.

 

Day 2 

 

 

 

Scopello: walking excursion in the ‘Reserva Zingaro’

Only a few kilometers from the pretty village of Scopello, stretches the wonderful Nature Reserve "Zingaro". You will have the chance to explore it on foot allowing yourself to linger on all the aromi and scents which this untamed landscape has to offer.Trekking along its undulating footpath you will find yourself between two very different scenes: on one side the enchanting view of the Tyrrhenian sea, with its coves and bays (calette) where you can swim and snorkel in the limpid water, on the other, the vibrancy and colours of the flora and fauna typical of this mountainous environment.

Distance 14 km / 8,7 miles

 

Day 3   

Scopello – Segesta – Trapani

After admiring the fabulous gulf of Castellammare, only few kilometers from Scopello, the first ride of this tour will allow you to explore the hinterland of the Sicilian countryside full of olive trees and vineyards. Pedalling through this landscape, with alternating ascents to flat parts, you will reach the archaeological site of Segesta, an ancient city founded by the Elymians more than 2500 years ago. From here, following secondary country roads, you will finally arrive in Trapani, known in Sicily as the city of Salt.

Distance 60 km / 37 miles  -  Level of difficulty: medium

 

Day 4 

Erice or Favignana.

Today you can choose between two options, which are very different one from another but both very attractive. You may decide to visit Erice, an old medieval village perched onto its homonym hill rising 750 meters asl, which you can reach either by cable car or cycling. From Trapani 11 kilometers of hairpin bends separate you from its summit, where you can enjoy a stunning view stretching all the way to the Egadi islands. Or you could choose to spend a day relaxing in Favignana, the largest of the Egadi islands which you can reach by ferry or hydrofoil. It will certainly not disappoint you with its beautiful calette and its seafaring atmosphere. The best way to explore Favignaga is by bike!

Distance: 40 km / 25 miles or 25 km / 15,5 miles  -  Level of difficulty: easy by cable car or difficult by bike (Erice) or easy (Favignana)

 

Day 5 

Trapani – Marsala along the salt way

Today a flat ride along the beautiful coastline. Windmills, saltpans and mounds of freshly extracted salt will be the backdrop of this an unmatchable landscape. You will also have the chance to visit Mothia Island, the ancient cradle of Phoenician- Punic civilization, can be reached by motorboat from the lagoon within few minutes.Today’s stage ends in Marsala, a beautiful sea town where a special liqueur, the "Marsala" is produced and where Garibaldi landed with his expedition of the Thousand.

Distance 42 km / 26 miles or 32 km / 20 miles  -  Level of difficulty: easy.

 

Day 6 

Marsala- Mazara del Vallo

Today’s stage continues along the enchanting Tyrrhenian coastline until it winds inland through the typical countryside of these parts of Sicily. There are numerous vineyards and bagli (big old farm centers). The route will end in Mazara del Vallo, seat of the most important Italian fishing fleet and located at the mouth of the river Mazaro, which divides the town in two. The Arab influence is dominant as you can see when you stroll through the narrow alleyways of the Kasbah (Arabic quarter) with its bright colours and powerful scents, that you will be reminded of the African continent just across the sea.

Distance: 28 km / 17 miles  -  Level of difficulty: easy.

 

Day 7   

Mazara del Vallo – Selinunte

After leaving Mazara, you will continue along a road, which runs a kilometer parallel to the coast and will take you to the Nature Reserve "Lago Preola e Gorghi tondi". Immersed in a valley, a series of small lakes of karstic origins will appear to you without warning. Anyone passionate of the fauna and flora typical of swamps will find it rewarding. Riding on a hilly road in direction of Campobello di Mazara, you pass the Cave di Cusa, from where all the material, used to build the temples of Selinunte, was extracted. Only 13 kilometers further down the road you will have the opportunity to visit the archeological site of Selinunte, the ancient Greek city which will take you back few thousand years. Relax and swim at Selinunte’s beaches.

Distance 35 km / 22 miles o 44 km / 27,3 miles  -  Level of difficulty: medium-easy  

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast in 3 / 4 star hotels and B&B of same quality

  • route instructions and maps

  • clients assistance

  • tour information

 

 

The doesn't include:

  • transfer at beginning and the end of the tour to the airport

  • entrance fees

  • local taxes

  • Dinner, lunches and extra's

  • bike rental

 

Period 

Every Saturday from 21 January till 2 December (with min. 4 pax also other starting dates are possible)

Level 2

2 medium difficulty. You cycle on flat surface or in slight hilly landscape. Steeper climbs are short and longer climbs not to steep. Daily distances between 28 km / 17 miles and 60 Km / 37 miles. Total: 180 km / 112 miles of 214 km / 133 miles. You cycle along country roads. Depending on your personal preference and fitness, on stage 3, 4 and 6 you can choose between two different tracks varying in elevation profile and/or distance covered.

Participants

Minimum two people (solo traveller on request)

Prices p.p. 2017

In a double room  € 710,00

In a single room € 870,00

High season supplement  (July/ august)  € 90,00 p.p.

Half board supplement  € 180,00
single traveller supplement  € 150,00
Bike rental € 90,00

ebike € 150,00