Erice - On legendary Mount Eryx
Erice sits on the legendary Mount Eryx at an altitude of 750 meters. The appearance of this village is puritanical since it comprises only of forts and churches and has the notorious history as the centre for the cult of Venus. Settled by the mysterious Elymians, Erice amid its fertile fields was an obvious abode to the goddess of love, and the town followed the peculiar ritual of sacred prostitution with sacred prostitutes being accommodated in the temple. Needless to say that despite countless invasions the sacred site remained inviolate – guess why?
Being situated so high above the rugged coastline below the views are phenomenal over the coastline and the hinterland of Sicily. This is a charming medieval town and a must see on any exploration through Western Sicily