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Secrets of Sicily Self-Guided Walk
FH-EXD-118997
7 Nights
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At a glance
Uncover the secrets of one of the most remote areas of Sicily
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Scopello
End Destination
San Vito Lo Capo
What's included
  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All baggage transport
  • Route notes and maps
  • Arrival & departure transfers - subject to 2 passengers traveling

All breakfasts and 4 dinners are included. Sicily's typically southern Italian cuisine is interspersed with many more exotic dishes reflecting the island's jumbled cultural past. Italian dishes like pasta alla norma (made with tomatoes, aubergine and grated ricotta) are often found on menus along with couscous (a north African specialty), or even pasta con le sarde (a pasta dish dating back to Phoenician times made from sardines, raisins, pine nuts, fennel, saffron, parsley and capers). The Arabs introduced citrus groves to the island and a popular drink today is granita made with crushed ice and lemon. This was traditionally drunk with sweet bread dipped in it as a lunchtime snack by Sicilian peasants. Fish is of course also abundant. Local specialties include pesce spada alla ghiotta (swordfish cooked with tomatoes, capers, onion, celery and potatoes) or tonno fresco alla brace (grilled fresh tuna). Sicily is famed for its desserts. Why not try cannolo, a crunchy pastry tube filled with ricotta cheese and studded with candied fruits, pistachio and chocolate? Or cassata, the Arab influenced cake made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit and chocolate pieces. Sicily is not traditionally famous for its wines, so it is surprising to learn that the island boasts one of the largest wine producing areas in the whole of Italy. Look out for the Etna DOC label and Corvo di Salaparuta. One of Sicily's most popular wines is Alcamo Bianco - a soft white which goes well with fish dishes.

Itinerary
1
Day 1
Start Scopello.
You will be met at the airport to take you to your hotel in Scopello (40 minutes) where you will have a briefing on your walking week before drinks on the terrace and dinner. You will spend two nights here at the traditional farmhouse.
2
Day 2
Walk as little or as much as you like through the Zingaro Nature Reserve.
On your first day you can walk as much or as little as you like. 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. Walking time 3.5hr, distance 13km/8mi or walking time 6hr, distance 21km/12.5mi.
3
Day 3
Private transfer to the temple of Segesta; catch the ferry to Marettimo.
Take a private transfer (30 mins) to the 2,500 year-old temple of Segesta and the wonderfully preserved theatre. After lunch in Trapani to taste the famous granita - lemon, almond or even coffee flavoured - you catch the ferry (1 hour) to Marettimo, where you will stay for the next three nights, and arrive in time for a swim or short walk before your first dinner in the old village.
4
Day 4
Walk through pine woods and citrus-carpeted hillsides towards the coast and up to the Punta Libeccio Lighthouse.
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. Walking time 4.5hr, distance 14km/8.5mi.
5
Day 5
Ferry crossing to Levanzo; walk to the Grotta del Genovese.
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 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. Walking time 3.5hr, distance 7km/4.5mi.
6
Day 6
Return to the mainland; chance to explore the mediaeval hilltop town of Erice.
Today you return to the mainland and visit the hilltop town of Erice. Its smooth, winding marble streets reveal mediaeval churches, old city gates, ancient squares and a stunning Norman castle set against a backdrop of the entire north western shoreline. A private transfer takes you to Daniela’s charming little B&B near San Vito lo capo where you spend your final two nights.
7
Day 7
Transfer to the foot of Monte Cofano and ascend; opportunity to swim before the transfer to the hotel.
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) whose 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. Walking time 3.5hr, distance 10km/6mi.
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Day 8
End San Vito Lo Capo. Take a transfer to Palermo in time for your return flight.
After breakfast, you will have a transfer (1 hour) to the airport. Alternatively, why not extend your stay with extra nights in vibrant Palermo. The capital city of Sicily, Palermo, is a unique urban melting pot, conquered numerous times by invaders, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish. The 4-star Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa is a stone's throw from one of Palermo's main streets, the Via Vittorio Emanuele, which runs through the heart of the historical centre. The hotel is a stunning conversion of two historic buildings, with origins of the hotel dating back to the 16th Century convent of the Mercedarian Monks. There is also a luxurious spa, along with an elegant bar and restaurant to relax in.
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