Trapani, a gate to Sicily

Sicily was on my travel list somewhere in the middle – not exotic enough, compare to Asia or Caribbean islands, still Italy, where I had already been, and within Europe. I have changed my mind after a long search for my holiday destination. It had to be close (within 2-3 hours flight and a flight had to be operated several times per week), the sea should be warm and calm, there should be interesting places to visit, apart from beaches. I have been already on Majorca and loved it, so I wanted to have something similar. After comparing flights, hotels, weather forecasts the decision was taken: flight from Charleroi airport late in the evening on Tuesday returning early in the morning next Monday. All in all we would have five full days on the island. Good enough for those, who desperately needed a bit of the rest and sun.

We arrived at 10:30 p.m. to Trapani airport. 20 minutes to pick up our rented car (obviously, the Fiat 500, which we had requested, was not available, so we got a replacement, an Opel Corsa, which was not so beautiful but very convenient) and we were on the way to Trapani city, the first stop in our Sicilian trip. After struggling with GPS and road sighs we finally arrived to the hotel, Badia Nouva Residance. Right at the entrance and lobby I realised that I would like this place. It was located in the city centre, just around the corner from pedestrian streets and restaurant areas. The lady at the reception desk was nice and friendly. Since it was almost midnight we postponed our city tour to tomorrow morning.

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That was the view I got in the morning from my window. 100% Italian view, right? 

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In the neighborhood. The residence is just around the corner. 

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On the top. There was a great terrace in the residence with the view on the old city and the sea. 

In the morning we took a breakfast, which was served in the restaurant next door. It was well organised buffet breakfast with the wide selection of pastries, sweet and salted starters, fruits and juices. Full of energy, we went out of the restaurant to discover Trapani. The first place, we run into was the port. Of course, there is a port, as in other seaside cities. In the port of Trapani you may take a boat to Egadi Islands, including beautiful Favignana, Pantelleria, the northern African coast and even to some places in the Western Sicily (Castellamare del Golfo, S. Vito, Marsala and Mazara del Vallo) and, of course, Napoli.

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Though Trapani has long sea-side promenade, it can’t boast for its own beaches, like Nice and its Promenade des Angles. The beach area is outside of the city. Although, I believe, locals take sunbaths somewhere in the area of San Vito Lo Capo.

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View on Trapani from the cable car elevator to Erice.

Our first day in Trapani was pretty short: a quick walk in the old town and then drive to the cable car elevator, which would bring us to medieval Erice. Therefore we didn’t really have a chance to discover all beauty of Trapani. Although, it wasn’t a big deal since in couple days we would come back to the city and would have time to have a better look at it.

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The view from the roof terrace of another residence, San Domenico. 

On the way back we decided to stay for a night in another residence, Al Residence San Domenico. It also located in few meters from the pedestrian zone, had a roof terrace and pretty big apartment. However, in my personal opinion, the Badia Nouva Residence was much nicer, cleaner and the ambiance was more festive.

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In the pedestrian zone

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A bit shabby but always chic!

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In the pedestrian zone one terrace followed by another. It was hard to make a choice!

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The view on Trapani and its neighborhood from a plane. Bye bye, beautiful island, I will come back for sure.

My other posts about this Sicilian trip:

Castellammare del Golfo: where to go for a day trip

Castellammare del Golfo and the hotel La Battigia

Medieval Erice

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