Sicily West Coast Cycling Holiday

  • 4.5
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Palermo / Sciacca
  • Distance

    124 miles/200 kms
  • Themes

    Coastal
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    018-101CIT
Price From £862

Overview

Escape to Sicily’s wild and wonderful west coast on this get-away-from-it-all cycling holiday. Explore the rugged coastline, staying in quaint and charming properties along the way.  Beautiful beaches, incredible sea views, romantic windmills, ancient hilltop ruins and baroque towns – this tour has something for everyone.

Your tour starts in the north western corner of Sicily in the charming seaside village of San Vito lo Capo. The village boasts a gorgeous white sandy beach and is adjacent to the stunning Zingaro Nature Reserve where you will enjoy a day of walking and swimming before starting your bike tour along the coast.

The rugged and verdant landscape provides a dramatic backdrop to your ride south to Nubia. The going is easy but a quiet beach is never too far away if you fancy a cooling dip.

Selinunte - Sicily - Italy*

Selinunte

Around Trapani and Nubia the route leads you through the unique landscape of the region’s extensive salt flats. Flamingos wade in the warm, shallow waters and windmills stand like sentries guarding the precious mounds of salt harvested from the sea.

Lose yourself in the narrow streets of Marsala old town and find a local bar to taste the town’s famous fortified wine exported around the world. Enjoy a fish supper in the fishing port of Mazara del Vallo and marvel at the majestic beauty and setting of ancient Selinunte on a raised bluff overlooking the sea.

This is a relatively easy route mostly along quiet lanes and roads but with the odd section along unmade paths. For the most part it is reasonably level terrain and apart from one exception on day three any hills are pretty gentle and not that long.

 

 

Itinerary & Map

This is a relatively easy route mostly along quiet lanes and roads but with the odd section along unmade paths. For the most part it is reasonably level terrain and apart from one exception on day three any hills are pretty gentle and not that long.

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Day 1: Palermo – San Vito lo Capo

San Vito lo Capo beach - Sicily - Italy*

San Vito lo Capo beach

On arrival at Palermo or Trapani Airport you will be transferred to the village of San Vito lo Capo about an hour and a half along the coast. Here you can settle into your delightful guesthouse overlooking the sea where you will spend the next two nights. Stroll around the charming village and don’t miss a visit to the wonderful, white sand beach.

Day 2: Walking in Zingaro Nature Reserve

Zingaro Nature Reserve - Sicily - Italy*

Zingaro Nature Reserve

Your cycling adventure starts tomorrow and today you’ll enjoy a fantastic walk (approximately 6 hours) through the rugged and pristine countryside of the Zingaro Nature Reserve. Wonderful sea views from rugged cliff tops are the order of day accompanied by the opportunity to take a refreshing dip at a secluded cove before returning to San Vito for your second night in this charming village.

Day 3: San Vito lo Capo – Nubia, 36 miles/58 kms

Trapani - Sicily - Italy*

Trapani

Today you leave San Vito lo Capo and head south west along the rugged, sparsely populated coastline. Green hills sweep down to a turquoise sea making today’s ride a visual treat. There’s one 4 km climb to contend with, that will certainly get your heart racing, from Castelluzzo to the aptly named village of Purgatorio but other than that, it’s pretty plain sailing. Stop and explore the bustling port town of Trapani with it’s baroque architecture. We recommend a visit to the Museum of Prehistory and the Sea, located in the 17th century tower of Ligny not least for the wonderful views from the roof.  You can also return to the town in the evening for a stroll around as your charming accommodation is just south of the town.

Day 4: Nubia – Mozia – Marsala, 30 miles/48 kms

Marsala - Sicily - Italy*

Marsala

Leave Nubia and ride south across a level  landscape of salt flats and windmills. In bygone days these mills were used to to grind the course sea salt and some of them are still in operation. Out to sea the Egadi Islands sit on the horizon while inshore there are plenty of quiet beaches inviting you to take a dip in the clear, warm waters of the Tyrennian Sea. The island of Mozia, located in a shallow lagoon, is worth the short boat ride to learn more about the Carthaginian ruins discovered here by Englishman Joseph Whitaker in 1902. Finally you arrive in the coastal town of Marsala, famous for its fortified wine which is exported all over the world. You spend the night in a lovely hotel on the outskirts of the town.

Day 5: Marsala – Mazara del Vallo, 14 – 21 miles/22 – 33 kms

Mazara del Vallo - Sicily - Italy*

Mazara del Vallo

Today’s ride is quite short so you have plenty of time to explore Marsala and you could even take the short ferry ride out to the Egadi Islands for a look around. After a short ride south along the coast you reach Mazara del Vallo, a small fishing port. The town has some fine seafood restaurants that benefit from the ready supply of fresh fish arriving off the fishing boats. The town has an arabic influence and a wander through the old town’s atmospheric ‘Casbah’ is a must. You will spend the night in a pleasant hotel close to the old town.

Day 6: Mazara del Vallo – Selinunte, 25 – 32 miles/40 – 50 kms

Selinunte - Sicily - Italy*

Selinunte

Today’s ride starts out following the glorious coastline before turning inland past vineyards and olive groves. Eventually the route leads you gently back to the coast to Selinunte one of the most beautiful and evocative Greek archaeological sites in Sicily. It is easy to see why our ancient ancestors liked this spot, sitting on a high plain overlooking the sea and flanked on either side by golden beaches.

Day 7: Selinunte – Sciacca, 28 miles/45 kms

Sciacca - Sicily - Italy*

Sciacca

Your final day’s ride leads you along quiet rural roads through gently rolling countryside to the coastal town of Sciacca. This is a very fertile region of Sicily and your route is lined with orchards and vineyards. Sciacca (pronounced ‘Shak-a’) is built on various levels leading uphill from the sea. It has one of the largest fishing fleets on Sicily and it’s quite a spectacle to watch the boats unloading their catches on the quayside each morning. These same fish will be served up in local restaurants later the same day. The town is also known for its thermal waters and more adventurous guests might be tempted to try the nearby ‘steam caves’.  Spend the night in a comfortable centrally located B&B.

Day 8: Sciacca – end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure. Transfers to Palermo Airport from Sciacca can be arranged at the time of booking.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 April to 31 October, excluding August.

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2019 Prices
018-101CIT
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 1 x packed lunch, 2 x Dinner in San Vito lo Capo
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Arrival transfer from Palermo Airport
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Departure transfer to Palermo Airport
Tourist tax (payable locally)

Supplements

Half board (£170)
Departure transfer to Palermo Airport (Min 2 pax) (£74)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£74)

Practical Information

Bikes

Hybrid bike - 018

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes used on this tour are are modern aluminium framed hybrid models with a shock-absorbing front fork and Shimano 21 speeds. They also have a comfortable saddle and mud-guards.

Each bike is equipped with a rear baggage carrier, bike lock, bottle-carrier, a pump, a repair kit and of course a bell.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable and charming properties ranging from a lovely agriturismo B&B to a Villa hotel.

San Vito La Capo: Baglio la Luna
Nubia: Relais Antiche Saline
Marsala: Hotel Villa Favorita
Mazara del Vallo: Hotel D’Angelo Palace
Selinunte: Case di Latomie
Sciacca: Garibaldi Relais

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

 

Getting There

Fly into either Palermo or Trapani Airport. We will need your flight details to ensure you are met and transferred to your first night’s accommodation.

Research flights from the UK here

 

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 14/06/2019
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - I didn’t confirm that I needed a transfer and flexitreks contacted me a couple of weeks beforehand to check with me what I wanted to do. Very impressed by that
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Loved the cycle. The local person was very good. When we arrived at a particular destination we found the hotel closed. We got on to Philippe and he got back to us within minutes.
    The one thing that we thought could be improved was a map of the actual route and not just the directions
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : No problem, the devil is in the detail as they say.
    Product : Our local teams are key to ensuring things run smoothly during the holiday - I'm glad Phillippe was able to sort things for you.
  • Date - 21/10/2018
  • Name - Jenny Chilcott
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Really appreciated that you were very responsive
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Accomodation was fantastic. The folder with detailed maps. Great route through backroads. Great recommendations of places to eat. Made everything very easy

    Did it find that the back up gps site worked very well. A couple of places instructions not clear and got lost.

    Bikes were comfortable but we all had problems with the gears. Didn’t change under pressure.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Our pleasure Jenny, thank you.

    Product : Thanks Jenny, glad everything went well and sorry about the bike issues - we've fed this back to the local maintenance team who usually do a great job.
  • Date - 20/10/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Second holiday. everything fine
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The places we stayed were all really excellent choices. At Baglio La Luna, (first 2 nights) the information about 2 of our group being vegetarians had not been passed on, and the overall standard of the food was rather basic. In addition, due to communciation problems, we did not realise that coffee was not included in the evening meal, or that the bottles of wine we ordered would be so expensive (poor packed lunch provided) . The Hotel at Marsala was a 45 minute walk into the Town centre and did not serve food the evening we were there.
    The bikes were very good. The route was easy to follow, just a couple of confusing bits, which we resolved quickly. Great scenery and a fairly well conceived route, but with some boring / unattractive bits. The amount of rubbish dumped at the roadside is sadly distracting. Drivers on the whole reasonably behaved but they do come close to the bikes.
    Eating out was excellent all over the island
    We will definitely consider Flexi treks for future holidays
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Great to hear, thank you.

    Product : Thank you for the comprehensive review and apologies for the breakdown in communication with the first hotel regarding the vegetarians. We look forward to discussing your 2019 trip soon.
  • Date - 17/09/2016
  • Name - Anne
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - This is the second time I have booked through Flexitreks and have recommended them to several people. They have a large selection of cycling holidays, and really listen to what sort of holiday I want before giving advice if needed. Both times I have booked at short notice. They are also very efficient. I will use them again for certain.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Accomodation ranged from good to very good. Many had pools, all had good service.
    Bicycles were a little heavy (compared with what we had been given on a previous holiday) but gears and equipment worked well.
    Route and instructions: mainly along minor roads with one exception at the beginning. Routes were attractive and ran through a variety of landscapes both along coastal roads and inland agriculture, not too challenging apart from a long 4 km hill on day 1 which we were warned about verbally but not in the instructions. Instructions in towns could have been better detailed. Without resorting to Google Maps we would have got lost. Daily route maps would have been helpful.
    A very enjoyable holiday and just a little more attention to detail would have been helpful.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the comprehensive review Anne. We've now updated our website itinerary to include a reference to the climb from Casteluzzo to Purgatorio and we're liaising with our local supplier in Sicily to address the quality of the route maps. We look forward to helping you with your next cycling holiday.