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Secrets of Sicily Walking

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This triple centre holiday explores the unspoilt north western tip of Sicily and the nearby Egadi islands. It’s a relatively undiscovered region where highlights include pristine sandy beaches, coral-lined grottoes, ancient hill villages and marvellously preserved nature reserves.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
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  • Activity Level Moderate
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All about the Secrets of Sicily Walking.

This seven-night self-guided walking holiday uncovers the secrets of Sicily’s western coast and favourite off-shore islands. Historically the poorest and most remote area of Sicily, the region maintains its purity: you’ll feel as though you’re the first to discover its clear sapphire waters, hidden sandy coves and unexplored islands. This is certainly the place to visit if you want peace and tranquillity and to escape from it all; there are hardly any roads on Marettimo.
Highlights here include exploring the medieval hilltop town of Erice and hiking on Monte Cofano – enjoy stunning coastal vistas as far as Palermo.
All your hotels are special in their own contrasting ways. In Scopello you stay at the family run Hotel la Tavernetta, with glorious sea views from its shimmering outdoor pool. On Marettimo, your host, Fausto, meets you at the jetty with a luggage trolley (there are no roads) and takes you to his charming seafront residence (with pool and jacuzzi) just by the harbour; In San Vito Lo Capo you stay at Daniela’s cosy five bedroom B+B hotel and enjoy great sea views from the luxuriant Mediterranean garden.
Please note that the itinerary on this trip is subject to change should the hydrofoil service to and from Marettimo be cancelled or delayed. This will be arranged locally for you by the agent.

  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Scopello

    Arrive at your hotel in Scopello where we brief you on your walking week before dinner. You spend two nights here.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Zingaro Nature Reserve 14km/8.5mi/4.5hr

    A scenic lift to the foot of Monte Cofano is followed by a gentle ascent through twisted olive trees with breathtaking views over the Bay of Bonagia. Descending, you reach an old tonnara (tuna factory) where nearby coves with sapphire waters are perfect for a dip. Then a cliff path fringed with red valerian and field gladioli leads into the village of Cornino for a late lunch before we meet you and take you back to your hotel.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Segesta, Trapani and on to Marettimo

    Start today with a transfer to the hilltop town of Erice with its winding marble streets, old city gates, medieval churches, ancient squares and stunning Norman castle; then enjoy lunch in Trapani. Try the famous granita before catching the ferry to Marettimo and the Marettimo residence, where you spend the next three nights. Time for a short walk before dinner choosing one of the restaurants in the old village (payable locally).

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Punta Libeccio Lighthouse Walk 14km/9mi/4.5hr

    A path through pine woods and across citrus-carpeted hillsides takes you from the east to the south west coast, with striking views from high above the village. There’s complete peace and quiet as you picnic by the lighthouse – look out for red kites and Bonelli’s eagles cruising the thermals – and gaze down at the sparkling waters and the Egadi Islands shimmering in the distance.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Levanzo 7km/4.5mi/3.5hr

    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 – admire the marvellously well preserved 11BC cave paintings and engravings lining the cavern walls. The bay here is a good picnic spot. There’s time too for a dip in the pool or jacuzzi before your final evening meal in Marettimo.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Medieval Erice and onto San Vito Lo Capo

    Return to the mainland and visit the 2,500 year old temple of Segesta and the marvellously preserved theatre. You are then transferred to Scopello where you stay at the Hotel La Tavernetta for the next two nights.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Monte Cofano 11km (6.5mi), 3.5hr

    Wind your way up through asphodel, wild fennel, dwarf palm, pomegranate and citrus trees to amazing viewpoints overlooking the stunning coastline of tiny sandy coves lapped by sapphire waters.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave San Vito Lo Capo

    If you have pre-booked a transfer through Headwater, you will be picked up by taxi for the scenic drive of about 75 minutes back to Palermo airport in time for your flight home.

Where you stay
Hotel La Tavernetta
This small, family run and recently renovated hotel enjoys a setting in amongst lovely gardens with a swimming pool and has beautiful views of the coastline. Located just a few hundred metres from Zingaro Nature Reserve in the seaside village of Scopello. There is also a restaurant serving typical Sicilain cuisine.
Marettimo Residence
The Marettimo Residence is a cluster of whitewashed apartments, overlooking the port in the only residential area of Marettimo island. The accommodation is separated into apartments, which are located on two levels. We have selected the bilocale apartments which feature a living area with kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The decor is modern and bright, with slate floors, pine furniture, white walls and colourful textiles. Most apartments have a balcony or terrace.
Baglio La Luna
Baglio La Luna – meaning ‘the moon’ – lies in a marvellous cliff top position on the edge of the Zingaro Nature reserve on the road to San Vito Lo Capo. A converted private house, the 5 rooms are all decorated in their own individual style; there is also a charming sitting area as well as a large sun terrace where guests can relax and enjoy the stunning sea views.
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