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The Coast of Trapani and the Egadi Islands

The beautiful coast of the Province of Trapani is spaced in between enchanting bays and beaches that greet the transparent sea. 
At turns resounding with tones of green and deep blue, the waters run towards the spectacular panorama of the Egadi Islands. This setting, a dream-come-true, is perfect for every type of vacation, and most of all, it is absolutely magnificent every day of the year.
Riserva dello ZingaroBesides its astounding littoral makeup, the Coast is littered with charming little towns that you should know – Alcamo, Campobello Di Mazara, Castellammare del Golfo, Castelvetrano, Custonaci, Erice, Marsala, Mazara Del Vallo, Petrosino, San Vito lo Capo and Trapani – abuzz with life, sun, the sounds and smells and of the sea, and history and monuments. 

Each town, even those smallest, is a singular and special entity that tourists should not go without seeing, and where art, history and nature are the key players. 
In primis, San Vito lo Capo, certified pearl in the Med Sea, boasts perhaps the most captivating beaches in Italy. You’ll be intrigued by the Sanctuary, the Tempietto di Santa Crescenza and the torrazzo, all in the Normanic-Arabesque. More towers pop up along the coastal strip, particularly Scieri, Mpisu and Isulidda.
At the Museo del Mare or Sea Museum, you can learn about some of the finds discovered on the sea floor, including parts of a Norman ship that lies deep underwater - at the point where San Vito lo Capo’s symbol, the lighthouse, stands.  
After the museum, another (natural) monument is the Grotta dell’Uzzo, inside the Riserva dello Zingaro, where traces from the Neolithic Age have been found. 
History certainly makes itself known here, but the panorama is not necessarily a wallflower, wither. Let your eye wander from the saline works of Trapani e Paceco
Finally, Trapani’s Castello della Colombaia and the numerous buildings in its center whisper of its rich past. 

No doubt, the Trapani Coast’s refreshing water and golden sand are ideal for both relaxation and fun activity. 
To explore the world under the surface, take a scuba-diving excursion under the sea at Scopello and in the Riserva dello Zingaro, discovering the awe-inspiring Grotta dei Gamberi. Divers will also appreciate the water off Petrosino, with its innumerable fish, in part comprising dolphins, turtles, and, from April to June, tuna. 
If you have time for a side trip, you can’t do better than a visit to the little Cornino Bay: a pretty cove at the base of Monte Cofano, its picturesque port is surrounded by the white houses of its fishermen.  

Don’t Miss
Wine enthusiasts will find in Trapani two enticing D.O.C. wine-producing zones, Marsala and Alcamo
Beyond wine, at 2,461 feet in altitude stands Erice, a fairytale of a town erected on Monte San Giuliano. A mix of myth and history runs through the tiny lanes of this borgo that was dominated for centuries, by everyone from the Elymians and Phoenicians to the Greeks and Romans, Normans and Vandals. A visit to Erice is obligatory, not only for its ancient treasures, but for the out-of-this-world views of its coast. 
Then, from the port of Trapani, gift yourself with an unforgettable vacation on the Egadi Islands. 

The Egadis
In the Egadi Islands, nature puts on a show of unequaled beauty, with immaculate beaches that harmonize with the tide. Made up of three larger islands – Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo – and a series of minuscule islands and giant rocks, this archipelago is part of the Egadi Marine Reserve. 
Points of Interest
Marettimo, with it quaint town center, speaks to its nature as a fishing village. Take a boat to the numerous grottoes (Grotta del Cammello and Grotta del Tuono) that line its coast. 
In Levanzo, at the cove Cala Minnula, come face to face with the ruins of an ancient roman ship with an expert scuba guide. Just as wondrous is the Grotta del Genovese,  marked by incisions, graffiti and prehistoric paintings. 
Last but anything but least, Favignana is a must: enjoy a swim at Cala Azzurra and you’ll find that Azzurra is a just description of a cove lapped by perfectly-azure waters.
You will find the Grotta Perciata just as splendid – perciata, in local dialect, refers to the hole in the upper part of the grotto. The light that shines through illuminates the water inside so that it almost seems to glow.

Useful Information

Useful Information
Useful Links

Region of Sicily Tourism, Official Website 

Official Website for the Province of Trapani

How to Get There

By Train   
Palermo - Trapani Line (Via Milo)

By Plane

V. Florio - Trapani Birgi Airport

By Bus
Segesta (Palermo - Trapani) (Rome - Trapani)
AST (Agrigento - Trapani) 

By Boat
Ferry Linea Tirrenia    
Hydrofoil Linea Ustica Lines    

Egadi Islands
The only way is by sea.
By Hydrofoil: Trapani to Favignana (20 minutes) with the navigation lines Siremar and Ustica Lines
Hydrofoils are more frequent between June and September. 
By Ferry: from Genova, Livorno, Naples, and Trapani.

Local Transport
Roads connect various localities on the Egadi Islands, and bus lines run on Favignana. Your best bet is to rent a scooter. Bicycles are handy as well, and most of the Islands's roads are fairly flat.