Trapani is a popular tourist destination at the western part of of Sicily. It is also the capital of the province of Trapani. The main attractions of the region are the Egadi Islands, which are linked to Sicily by ferries going to and from Trapani, the Erice mount, which is reachable by cable car from the city, the old Greek city of Segesta with one of the best preserved Doric temples in the world, and the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro (Natural Reserve of the Gipsy).
Trapani curves out into the Mediterranean Sea in the shape of a sickle hence the ancient name of Trapani was Drepanon. (greek for "sickle"). Over the centuries the salt-pans and the salt industries have created a unique environment of great cultural and economic relevance. This route is called Via del sale ("the salt road"). On this road there are several mills.
Vacation Planning Tips
Have a budget in mind - It is much easier to make decisions when you know what you're able to spend.
Choose dates upfront - It is essential in order to get good service and a reliable price to have set dates. Remember, airfares are in general less expensive for midweek departures and returns.
Know what kinds of hotels you like - Are you a "five-star is the only way" kind of person, or is a locally run hotel with only a few rooms and a personal touch your preference?
Consider fly time - Are there any direct flights to Palermo from your city? How long is the flight? Do you care about connections and layovers?
Hotels in Trapani, Sicily
Luxury Hotel in Trapani
Kempinski Giardino Di Costanza
Set amid olive groves and vineyards in the Sicilian countryside, the Kempinski Giardino di Constanza Resort and Spa is 700 metres from the beach. The hotel's 91 spacious guestrooms feature traditional style furniture and decor in bold, contemporary colours and goose down bedding. All guestrooms extend onto balconies and include flatscreen satellite television, high-speed Internet connection, CD players, safes, minibars, desks and sofas. Bathrooms have 'rainforest effect' showers,bathrobes and slippers.
Good Value for Money in Trapani
Relais Antiche Saline
The Relais Antiche Saline is housed in historic buildings and set within the Old Salinas salt making and nature reserve, surrounded by windmills and situated 30 kilometres from Trapani Airport. The hotel features 19 air-conditioned guestrooms with modern decor in a traditional style, soft blue fabrics and antique-style furniture. All include minibars, safes, satellite television with premium channels, direct-dial telephones with free local calls, Internet connections, and bathrooms with hair dryers.
Resort I Mulini Di San Cusumano
The traditional stone-built Resort I Mulini di San Cusumano is set amongst historic windmills with landscaped gardens leading to a sandy beach, 20 kilometres from Trapani Airport. It features 21 air- onditioned guestrooms with decor in a modern Mediterranean style with exposed brickwork and tiled floors. All guestrooms include minibars, satellite television with premium channels, direct-dial telephones, high-speed Internet, complimentary newspapers, safes, and bathrooms with hair dryers, bathrobes and designer toiletries.
Budget Hotels in Trapani
Le Chiavi Di San Francesco
The Le Chiavi di San Francesco is a traditional style hotel with a cream façade situated opposite the island of Egadi in Trapani, 100 metres from the port. The four- floor hotel features 16 air-conditioned guestrooms individually decorated in a traditional style in soft colours. All guestrooms include work desks with Internet connections, televisions, direct-dial phones, safes, refrigerators, minibars, and bathrooms with hair dryers.