Erice is one of Sicily most spectacular locations and perfect if you want a holiday full of local history, natural beauty and a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Erice is located approximately 750metres above sea level and overlooks Trapani, it has fantastic 360 degree views of the local area that are sure to impress most. Just under 45 minutes away from Trapani airport, Erice is a great holiday destination for those wanting to explore new surroundings and dive into the local culture.
Who is Erice best suited for?
A holiday in Erice can be as relaxed or active as you like. There is plenty to do, but more suited to couples rather than young families as there is not much for young children to do in Erice. You can spend your time wandering around the streets near where you’re staying as you’ll be sure to come across some stunning buildings and discover spectacular architecture on your doorstep. However to make the most of your holiday in Erice, you should be prepared to do a bit more exploring and venture out a little further to really discover what Erice has to offer.
Erice is an ancient town, steeped in history mixed with several local myths and legends. The local buildings are of great interest as they have been developed over the years by different inhabitants of Erice, including the Romans, Greeks and Arabs. If you’re keen to see some of the fantastic views available from Erice, then you should head straight to the Castillo de Venere which boasts some of the town’s best views, which you can enjoy whilst sitting on the terrace of one of the local cafés. Here you can enter the town’s local temple, which will give you access to views Erice’s coastline, a great way to start the holiday. There are several spectacular churches in Erice, but one not to miss is the Chiesa Madre which dates back to the 14th century but has since been modified and the interior now has elements of the 19th century neo-gothic movement.
Piazza Umberto is the main square in Erice which is the best place to sit down and enjoy a drink or a meal after a day’s exploring. In the evenings this is the main point of interest for tourists and locals and becomes quite lively with live music, open bars and people enjoying themselves. Be sure to wander down into the smaller side streets, they are just as safe and you may be likely to find a hidden restaurant with the same great food but better price as it is not located on the main square.
Your holiday in Erice won’t be complete unless you try one of the pastries from the local bakeries which are so delicious, you’ll want to take some home in your suitcase! The area is known for its pastry making so make sure you leave room after your meals for desert as it won’t disappoint!
Erice is a small town so there is a smaller selection of hotels to choose from however there will be something to suit your taste and there are some great B&Bs run by the locals who welcome tourists to the area and are proud to show it off.
There is plenty to see dring your holiday in Erice, however it may be best suited for long weekends unless you wish to move on to some of the surrounding towns. If you book at lastminute.com you can be sure to find a great deal and bag yourself a bargain holiday! Your next ideal holiday is waiting for you at lastminute.com so book now and avoid disappointment! Book all your holidays to Italy with lastminute.com