Trekking in Sicily: which excursions to do?
Western Sicily offers a myriad of paths for trekking and hiking enthusiasts: from breathtaking coastal landscapes to ancient historical routes, there are many options for those who want to explore the region on foot.
Do you want to discover some must-do excursions and tips for spending an unforgettable day out? Lace up your hiking shoes and let’s get started!
Which excursions to do in Sicily?
In Sicily, there are many trekking paths for walking immersed in nature. Western Sicily is, in fact, a perfect destination for slow travel, a type of slow and sustainable travel that, especially in recent years, has gained many fans.
Let’s take a look at the most popular destinations for trekking in western Sicily:
- Scorace Forest: a wooded area of about 750 hectares near Buseto Palizzolo, offers the opportunity to walk immersed in greenery and to shelter from the heat, while also having picnics in the equipped areas. Various wildlife species such as martens, porcupines, hawks, buzzards, and kites can be encountered here. Unfortunately, the forest was recently hit by a fire, but nature is gradually taking back its spaces. If you decide to visit the area, remember to adopt the utmost caution and follow the signals of the Forestry Agency.
- Zingaro Nature Reserve: One of the most beautiful protected areas in Sicily, this reserve offers a series of paths that wind along the coast between cliffs and enchanting bays. It is possible to choose between different itineraries depending on the time available and the experience of the hikers. Avoid walking the most challenging Zingaro paths in the hot months, or always remember to bring an adequate amount of water.
- Montagna Grande in Pantelleria: to live a unique trekking experience, Montagna Grande is the perfect place. A series of paths surrounded by the pristine nature of the island cross this promontory. From the summit of Montagna Grande, spectacular views of the sea and Pantelleria can be admired.
- Mount Cofano: located near San Vito Lo Capo, Mount Cofano is a protected natural area that offers numerous trekking routes. From here, you can enjoy splendid views of the sea and the surrounding coast, including the famous San Vito beach.
Trekking in Western Sicily: the Mazarense Francigena Way
The Mazarense Francigena Way is an ancient pilgrimage route that connects Agrigento to Palermo, passing through Mazara del Vallo. It crosses numerous municipalities and offers the opportunity to discover landscapes and places rich in history and traditions. Here are some of the stages that touch the municipalities of western Sicily:
Selinunte: founded in the 7th century BC, Selinunte was an important Greek colony and one of the major commercial and cultural centers of the Mediterranean. Today, the archaeological park of Selinunte extends over a vast area and offers visitors the opportunity to admire the ruins of ancient temples, civil buildings, and fortifications.
Mazara del Vallo: this town offers an interesting historical center and the opportunity to visit the famous Dancing Satyr, an ancient Greek statue found in the sea.
Marsala: founded by the Phoenicians, Marsala boasts a rich and ancient history that is reflected in its cultural heritage and local traditions. The city is famous worldwide for the liqueur wine produced in the surrounding area and appreciated for its unique taste and versatility. A visit to the historic cellars of Marsala allows you to discover the wine production process and taste the different types directly at the source.
Salemi: This medieval village located among the hills offers a suggestive atmosphere and a rich history. Take a stroll through the alleyways and visit the Castle and the Mother Church.
Segesta: One of the most fascinating stops along the Mazarense section of the Via Francigena, the Doric temple and ancient theater are not to be missed, immersed in a hilly landscape rich in vegetation.
What to do in Western Sicily for a day?
Here are some simple excursions that can be done in a day if you find yourself in Western Sicily.
Cave di Cusa: Just a few kilometers from Selinunte, the Cave di Cusa is an ancient quarry of tuff stone used by the Greeks for the construction of temples. The path that crosses the area offers a unique experience to immerse yourself in the history and nature of the area.
Saline di Trapani e Paceco Nature Reserve: This WWF reserve winds through the characteristic windmills and evaporation tanks for salt collection, offering suggestive panoramas, rich birdlife, and immersion in the local tradition.
Rete sentieristica dell’agro ericino: There are numerous trails that run along the walls of the city of Erice and connect various communities in the surrounding area. The splendid Sant’Anna trail, for example, climbs along the western slope of Mount Erice with an unforgettable view.
The province of Trapani offers a wide range of excursions and trekking routes that allow you to discover Western Sicily and its fascinating history, culture, and nature. Whether you are a trekking enthusiast, a lover of history, or a simple visitor, you will surely find a suitable experience for you. When planning an excursion, always remember to bring the appropriate equipment: hiking shoes, a windbreaker, and an adequate amount of water. If you decide to bring something to eat with you, do not litter your waste, always respect nature and avoid bringing “souvenirs” such as stones, leaves, or flowers.