From Trapani you can take the funicular up the mountain to Erice. There are also buses available.
The view from Erice is truly spectacular and stunning.
From Erice you can see the whole of Trapani, the beautiful coastline, the ocean of course, and the salt lands - salt is mined there.
Some people were also doing paragliding off the cliff.
Some say the Phoenecians founded this place and others say Erice was probably founded by the Elymians, a native Sicilian people who also built the nearby town and temple of Segesta.
The modern day name Erice is close to the ancient Greek name Eryx, and it is associated with the Greek hero Eryx. Erice was very much influenced by Greek culture.
Erice was destroyed in the First Punic War by the Carthaginians.
And waves of invaders and conquerers have occupied Erice.
Eryx was conquered by Aghlebids in 831 and was renamed as Cebel Hamid or Gebel Hamed, meaning Mountain of Hamid. It was ruled by Arabs until the Norman conquest. In 1167 the Normans renamed it Monte San Giuliano and it was as known as Monte San Giuliano until 1934 when Mussolini, the Italian dictator re-named it Erice.
Here is a link to information and timetables and rates for the cable car between Trapani and Erice:
http://www.funiviaerice.it/eng.php ....It is important to check that website to see if the cable cars are running.
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A butterfly island- Favignana
Favignana is a butterfly-shaped island located within one-hour boat ride from Trapani. Its a small island with a nice old town. There are interesting diving spots and beautiful beaches. One can relax and enjoy the rural farming areas and natural Sicilian life style.
Enjoy the twilight Trapani
The twilight hour of the Trapani Old Town is wonderful. Go to the beach side and walk along the narrow streets which run along the Old Town and the beach. It was in the middle of November and the temperature was 25-26 degrees by C, yet the beach was quiet without many people. Perhaps some tourists underestimated the warm weather in Trapani. It might have been too late to plan their trip to come though they were surprised to know the climate this year was extremely warm and good.
Levanzo- blue-green sea island
Levanzo island is peaceful and beautiful. It's the smallest island (5.82 square K) of the Aegadian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The ferry trip is about 50-60 minutes.
Off board, the first thing one is struck is the crystal clear green and blue sea and the picturesque village. It takes one hour or so to see the main attraction spots.
Place to buy some small things while travelling.
An assortment of staff that covers many needs related to everyday life and not only small hardware, stationery, household items, toys, cosmetics, beauty products, food, gifts .... pretty much everything, or almost.
Latitudine : 38° 1' 8.25" N
Longitudine : 12° 31' 7.21" E
- Work Abroad
- Women's Travel
- Family Travel
The hydrofoil trip to Favignana is well worth the effort. We'd expected to be the only travellers out of season, so imagine our surprise when the boat was full of locals on Sunday morning, we reckon they were visiting family, judging by all the bakery goods they took along. The ride is a bit bumpy so doubtful tummy travellers need to sit towards the front of the boat, near the loo.
Favignana itself is quiet, fishing boats and not many resturants, at least not out of season. We can thoroughly recommend the trattoria on the harbour front, visible to your right as you disembark. It's also an internet point and they speak English.
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.
- Historical Travel
Mainland is parceled into salt pans, and windmills that were once used to refine the salt pans and windmils that were once used to refine the salt rise above the flat lanscape.