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THE SECRETS OF SICILY

an 8 days walking tour crossing a enchanting island

 

 

 

 This walking holiday starts in the village of San Vito lo Capo, on Sicily’s north coastline. The town is situated adjacent to one of Italy’s most precious coastal national reserves, the Zingaro Nature Reserve. Another stop is Marettimo, the most mountainous island of the three so-called Egadi Islands, a real paradise for walkers: cliff paths winding through Spanish broom and purple cistus, a Saracen fortresses, Roman villas and coral lined sea grottoes. You will visit the medieval town of Erice built on the top of Mount Erice (750m a.s.l.) overlooking Trapani, the Aegadian Islands and the salt marshes. This walking tour ends with two overnight stays in Trapani, a town full of history and culture. Very beautiful is the baroque centre.A final enchanting walk is made in the Reserve of Monte Cofano.

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1 

Arrival at Palermo or Trapani airport and transfer to San Vito lo Capo

Your tour begins in San Vito lo Capo, an old fish village on the sea, a remarkably scenic spot for a swim. The village has a beautiful beach You will find small cosy coffee bars and small shops with local ceramics. You stay outside town in a B&B with a stunning view on the sea and on the nature reserve Zingaro. Two overnight stays with dinner

 

Day 2 

 

The nature reserve Zingaro

Your excursion of today will be in the Zingaro Nature Reserve, a 7 km strip of unspoilt coast and soaring mountains, where a beautiful and suggestive walk will take you along trails amongst a typical Mediterranean flora. There are many small paths drawn on the precipices, ending in the sea or climbing up mountains. The Zingaro reserve houses more then 25 orchid species. It will be a day with astonishing views and you will have the enough time to have a swim in one of the small bays.  

Walking time: 6 hrs; ascent & descent: +500m -500m 

 

Day 3   

 

 

San Vito lo Capo Segesta - Marettimo  

This morning is dedicated at the medieval town of Erice, which is situated on a hilltop and reachable by cable car. The town has a remarkable number of churches, many of which are interesting to visit. The narrow streets are rich of pastries selling the unforgettable almond cakes.  A transfer will bring you to Trapani where you take the hydrofoil to the island of Marettimo, the second largest island among the Aegadian island, known for its natural beauty. The excursion takes you to Punta Troia with the ruins of a Spanish castle (17th century). You will have amazing views of the other Aegadian islands and can enjoy the sandy beaches.

Overnight stay on the  island (3 nights in B&B)

Walking time: 2 hrs; ascent & descent +290m -430m  

 

Day 4 

 

Marettimo - Levanzo  

Free day on the beautiful beach of Marettimo or an excursion to the island of Levanzo, the smallest and perhaps most picturesque of the three Aegadian islands. It is a steep, rugged and tranquil island. It’s a short crossing to Levanzo where a coastal path bright with lilac scabious leads past deserted stone farm houses and olive trees to the Grotta del Genovese with Neolithic cave paintings and Palaeolithic graffito's.

Walking time; 4 ˝ hrs; ascent & descent + 450m – 450m

 

Day 5 

 

 

Marettimo

Today you walk to Pizzo Falcone the island's highest summit, from which you will be treated to a breathtaking view of the entire archipelago. The walk passes a fortress of the Roman Age and a little church of the Byzantine period before reaching the a panoramic point. The ones who like to discovering the island from all its sides could make a short tour by boat around the island to see the impressive unapproachable coastline. 

Walking time: 6 hrs; ascent & descent: + 689m– 689m  

 

Day 6 

Marettimo – Trapani

After breakfast you leave the island by hydrofoil to go to Trapani, a lively town with atmospheric pedestrian streets and some lovely churches and baroque buildings. An optional could be an excursion to salt marshes outside town. Accommodation in Trapani area (B&B).

 

Day 7   

 

Monte Cofano Riserve  

Today an excursion to the “Cofano Natural Reserve”, strikingly beautiful for its coastline, its meadows, stretches of dwarf palms and for its rich variety of wildlife which includes the peregrine falcon. You can visit the splendid watchtowers, considered in the past as the only means of defence against pirate attacks and nowadays part of the historical heritage. Mount Cofano is 659m high. A coastal path goes up to summit where you will have a breathtaking view 

Walking time: 4 hrs ascent & descent: + 350m – 350m

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast

  • 2 dinners

  • 1 lunch package

  • route notes in English and maps

  • clients assistance

  • briefing on arrival day

  • Transfer from San Vito lo Capo with a stop in Erice (2 hrs) on the way to the harbour of Trapani

  • Transfer to starting point of the excursion in the Monte Cofano Reserve

  • Transfer to and from the airport of Palermo

 

 

The doesn't include:

  • Hidrofoil to the islands Marettimo and Levanzo (about 40,00 €)

  • entrance fees

  • local taxes

  • Dinner and extra's

 

Period 

daily from April till October (exclusive the month of August). 

Level 2/3

Medium. Walking in a hilly landscape with not to many differences in altitude. Walks from 4-6 hrs per day /12-20 km (an average of 3/4 km an hour)

Participants

minimum two people

Prices p.p. 2017

In double room  € 710,00 

High season supplement  (July)  € 110,00 

Half board supplement  € 155,00 

In single room    € 890,00