8 days to discover the best routes of Western Sicily by bike. Take part to this Sicily Cycling Tour!
This self-guided tour is the best way to discover Sicily by bike!
Sicily Cycling Tour: Discover the Natural Treasures of Western Sicily
We’ve specially crafted this tour to provide both architectural and scenic charm. The tour comprises of visits to the following places of interest: Palermo and its stunning coastlines – including the popular golden sandy Mondello beach, the Scopello “Tonnara” (tuna fishery) and bay – the Zingaro Nature Reserve; the archaeological site of Segesta; the medieval Town of Erice, Trapani with its beautiful hidden treasures, the island of Favignana with its historic “Tonnara” and stunning cliffs and beaches, Trapani/Marsala Salterns, the island of Motya, Marsala and its famous wine cellars, Mazara del Vallo and its harbour, Selinunte with its archaeological sites and its wild, white beaches.
DAY 1: PALERMO
DAY 2: PALERMO – SCOPELLO – CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO
Total route by bike: 15 Km –Total ascent: irrelevant – about 100 mt –Route characteristics: flat /hilly on tarmac – Difficulty level: easy
After breakfast, transfer by minivan (including bike) to Scopello, where the bike tour starts.
From Scopello, after a brief visit to its ancient courtyard, you will ride towards the Zingaro Nature Reserve, which can be explored by foot following the coastal path (7km in total). Here you can discover an area of huge natural value. Explore the Mediterranean flora (e.g. the dwarf palm) and admire the sea with its endless shades of blue, and deep-dive into it from one of the many coves that you will come across along the well-sign-posted trekking route.
After enjoying the beauty and peace of this natural oasis, you will be given your bike back, so you can carry on the ride towards Castellammare del Golfo.
After just under 2Km you will reach the Scopello Tonnara (tuna fishery) – used as the set for scenes from “Ocean’s Twelve” as well as the popular TV series “Il Commissario Montalbano”. This, with its “faraglioni”, represents a quiet corner of incomparable natural charm.
Once in Castellammare del Golfo, after checking-in to your accommodation, you can enjoy a walk in the historic centre of Castellammare – with its beautiful touristic harbour.
DAY 3: CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO – SEGESTA – TRAPANI
Total route by bike: 60 Km – Total ascent: 760 mt – Route characteristics: hilly on tarmac – Difficulty level: medium-hard
We will first arrive at Dattilo – a village famous for its “cannoli giganti” (giant cannoli sweet treats) which you will be able to sample – and finally, we will reach Trapani where you will settle into your accommodation.
DAY 4: TRAPANI WITH 2 OPTIONS
First Option: Trapani – Erice – Trapani
Total Km by bike: about 50 (42 with ascent to Erice by cable car with bike in tow) – Total ascent stage: 1280 meters (irrelevant if you reach Erice by cable car) – Route characteristics: 15% uphill and 85% flat, 90% asphalt + about 10% of dirt road and / or flat cobblestones – Level difficulty stage: challenging (easy if you reach Erice by cable car)
Second Option: Trapani – Favignana – Trapani
Total km by bike: about 10 – Total ascent stage: irrelevant Route characteristics: 100% flat, 60% asphalt + 40% roughly dirt road – Stage difficulty level: easy
DAY 5: TRAPANI – MARSALA
Total distance by bike: about 42 Km – Total ascent: irrelevant– Route characteristics: 100% flat, 90% tarmac + about 10% on unadopted road – Difficulty level: easyRead More
Enjoy breakfast and take one last look at the beautiful town of Trapani, before leaving for the Paceco Nature Reserve Salterns, where you can admire the wonderful colours of the surrounding landscape. This is characterized by salt mountains, sea views and the traditional Mediterranean vegetation, along with the mills once used for salt processing. If you’re lucky, you may even come across some species of Mediterranean migrating birds that nest near some of the reserve ponds. A key point of interest in the reserve is the Salt Museum.
We will continue along Trapani’s coastline, with some amazing views of the Aegadian Islands, until we reach the landing stage to Motya Island, which can only be reached by boat. A key point of interest on this island is the Whitaker Museum with its treasures.
Finally, we will reach the town of Marsala – famous for the landing of Garibaldi and the Mille (his one thousand men) and for the production of the wine that shares the same name (Marsala wine).
After a tour of the historical town centre and an optional visit to one of the traditional wine cellars (guided tour available – includes wine and local produce tasting) and/or Baglio Anselmi Museum, which features findings from a Punic ship, you will have free time to settle into your accommodation.
DAY 6: MARSALA – MAZARA DEL VALLO
Total distance by bike: about 42 Km – Total ascent: irrelevant– Route characteristics: 100% flat, 90% tarmac + about 10% on unadopted road – Difficulty level: easy
Breakfast at the hotel. Once we’re back on the bikes, we will head towards Mazara del Vallo, riding along a coastal road where you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the beaches and the sea at the far end of Western Sicily.
Once in Mazara del Vallo, after you’ve had a look at the harbour and its fleets (third in Europe for its vast number of fishing boats), you will be able to settle in your accommodation.
You will then be free to explore the interesting historical centre by bike or on foot. Here, you can wander through the ancient Arabic alleyways – it may feel like you’re walking through the kasbah of an Arab town – and inspect the Norman churches and the “Satiro danzante” (The Dancing Satyr) – a unique masterpiece of Hellenistic origins discovered in the Sicilian waters by a local fishing boat.
DAY 7: MAZARA DEL VALLO – SELINUNTE
Total distance by bike: about 49 Km – Total ascent: 230 mt– Route characteristics: 60% flat, 40% hilly (up and down) -100% tarmac – Difficulty level: medium – easyRead More
Final day of cycling with a route covering about 49 Km.Back on our bikes, and after a coffee break in Capo Granitola, we will ride first through side roads flanked by olive groves towards the Cusa Quarries (used for the construction of the temples in the nearby archaeological area), and finally to Selinunte – a famous archaeological site, renowned for its beaches and its crystal-clear sea water. You will then settle in your chosen accommodation.
DAY 8 – SELINUNTE AND END OF TOURRead More
Point of Interest (POI)
- Palermo’s historical centre with Unesco Arab-Norman architecture
- Zingaro Regional Nature Reserve
- Trapani historical centre
- Erice with its medieval hamlet
- Favignana Island
- Trapani and Paceco Salterns
- Stagnone Salterns in Marsala and Motya Island
- Marsala centre and its historic wine cellars
- Mazara with its kasbah, the “dancing satyr” and the fishing harbour
- Selinunte archaeological site
The participation fee refers to a minimum of 2 participants, in the case of a single participant there is a supplement (see “excluded and / or extra services”)
Departures are guaranteed from 1st March to 30th November every Saturday, other dates on request and with payment of any supplement
- 7 nights in B&B/hotel accommodation and/or agritourism centres (3/4 stars)
- Minivan transfer Palermo-Scopello (2nd day)
- Medical Insurance Cover
- Telephone assistance 9.00-20.00
- Brochure of tour and the main places of interest
- GPS trackers
THE QUOTE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Transfer from/to the airport or from/to the train station, apart from those listed under the list of ‘INCLUDED SERVICES’
- Lunch and dinner
- Entrance to museums and tips
- City tax (where applicable) to be paid directly to the hotel
- Anything that is not specified under the ‘INCLUDED SERVICES’ list
OPTIONAL EXTRA SERVICES:
- Supplementary fee for a single room € 200,00
- High season (July – August) supplementary charge € 100,00 high
- Extra night (B&B package) in Palermo and/or Selinunte in double room €50.00 per person
- Extra night (B&B package) in Palermo in single room €75.00
- Rental of Trekking Bike (equipped with rear side bags, hard hat and security chain) € 90,00
- Rental of pedal-assisted bike (equipped rear side bag, hard hat, repair kit, pump, security chain, battery charger) € 150,00
- Rear/front child’s seat hire € 20,00
- Children’s trailer rental (max. 40 kg) € 50,00
- Luggage transfer € 160,00 per person
- Single person supplementary fee €100.00
- Garmin Edge 820 rental € 20,00
- Return ferry ticket Trapani – Favignana including bikes (quote on request)
- Assistance (bike mechanics, luggage transport, beverage transport, possible passenger transport) with minivan following for the duration of the bike tour (apart from the section of the tour exploring the island of Favignana) €2,600.00
- Assistance from an authorised cycling guide for the duration of the bike tour €1,400.00
- Transfer Palermo airport to Palermo city centre (min. 2 passengers) € 25,00 per person
- Transfer Trapani Birgi airport to Palermo city centre (min. 2 passengers) € 50,00 per person
- Transfer Selinunte-Trapani city centre or airport (min. 2 passengers) € 40,00 per person
- Transfer Selinunte-Palermo city centre or airport (min. 2 passengers) € 50,00 per person
- Quote for children (aged between 4-12 years) available on request
- Insurance cover for trip cancellation due to sickness (including COVID), conditions and quote per person available on request
- Comprehensive injury/accident insurance during the tour, conditions and quote per person available on request
- Third party liability cover in case of bike accidents, conditions and quote per person available on request
- Bike theft insurance, conditions and quote per person available on request
- Other service quotes available on request
CANCELLATION TERMS & CONDITIONS (link):
- 28-14 days before the start date of the tour, you will be charged 50% of the total amount payable
- 13- 5 days before the start date of the tour, you will be charged 70% of the total amount payable
- 4 days before the start date of the tour or no show, you will be charged 100% of the total amount payable
We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear, sportswear and that you bring a helmet and a flask/water bottle with you.
Our group tours are designed for people who regularly practice sports activities, although not necessarily competitively. Given the nature of the route this tour covers (an undulating track with uphill sections) and in light of the length of some of the sections, we recommend e-bikes for those who do not go out cycling regularly (at least once a week).
The itinerary may be subject to substantial changes before and/or during your holiday, depending on organizational or climatic factors, or due to updates in regulations issued by local authorities that are out of our control. Along the route, for example, there may be some temporary diversions due to unplanned roadworks, which are impossible to predict and that are normally reported on location.
Place of departure
Place of arrival
Total Km by bike
It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes, sports clothing and to bring your own helmet and water bottle