Situated on Sicily’s western coast, the town of Trapani was originally a fishing village and harbour. Its name derives from the word ‘hook’ and describes the shape of the harbour. As the town faces west, it benefits from spectacular Mediterranean sunset views. Though large parts of Trapani have now been modernised, Trapani still retains much of its medieval charms and was a large trading port for nearby Northern Africa in the past.
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Just off the coast of Trapani is the island of Favignana, the largest of the Egidean islands. These islands are famous for their tuna fishing and are popular getaway resorts. Ideal for sun lovers, the islands are serviced by regular ferries which will get you there in around fifteen minutes and are well worth a visit.
The Trapani area also boasts the coastal town of San Vito lo Capo, which has beautiful golden sands and is widely regarded as one of the finest beaches in Sicily. San Vito is also near the Zingaro Nature Reserve, offering a wide range of coastal walks, pebble coves and crystal clear waters.
San Vito lo Capo is also known for its annual couscous festival at the end of September, as well as a music festival in July and a spring festival celebrating the mattanza. Erice and Segesta are not far away and are currently popular with German tourists.
The famous saline lagoon between Trapani and Marsala has been supplying salt for 2000 years and, for a different type of holiday activity, the nearby salt works is open for visitors to tour.
Closer to Africa than Italy, Trapani benefits from a wide range of Euro-African cuisine. The most famous cuisine is fish couscous, where steamed couscous is served with strong flavoured fish broth, generally containing eel, cod and scorfano, as well as tomatoes, garlic, parsley, bay and saffron, mixed with almonds. This African inspired dish is very popular.
Almonds are typical of a range of dishes in Trapani, as the nut is grown in the area and are found in abundance in Sicilian cuisine.
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