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The important port of Trapani (75,000 inhabitants) at north-western Sicily with its historical centre and beautiful sights in the area is now a popular holiday destination. In Roman times the town of Trapani at a peninsula, shaped in a curve, was called Drepanon, which means sickle. If you take the cable to Erice you have a nice view over town and you can see the sickle clearly.

The central location on the western coast makes Trapani the perfect starting point for exploring this beautiful Sicilian region. Nearby Trapani you will find unique fishing villages, where you can experience the real unspoilted and authentic Sicily. In the surroundings there are several excavations
and ruins to discover, such as Segesta.

Things to do in Trapani

The small but charming center of Trapani has many things to offer. As you walk around in Trapani you will experience the relaxed atmosphere and some nice spots in a baroque scenery. As a tourist in Trapani you are very appreciated as this town is growing on tourism. People are very friendly and helpful but realise that not many people speak English. For information you can go to the tourist office at via Torrearsa in the center.

Shopping in Trapani

In the old and historic center of Trapani you can go shopping at via Torrearsa and via Garibaldi. You will find here some designer shops and boutiques.
At via Torrearsa 23-29, you have to visit “Stefania” for luxury clothing including Prada, Fendi and D & G. In the new district you must be on Via Giovan Battista Fardella. Here are shops of “Max Mara” and “Fornaria Intimissi”. Via Giovan Battista Fardella is about 20 minutes walking from the center.

Beaches in Trapani

Trapani has some nice beaches with beach bars at short distance from the center. The largest beach is Lido Paradiso with sunbeds, a bar, a pool and the possibility for beach volleyball. A little further north, about 2 miles from the center of Trapani, is Lido San Giuliano. Here is a large and wide sandy beach with beach bars. The sea is here beautifully clear and azure blue.
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Nightlife in Trapani

As you go out in Trapani during the week or in the weekends you will feel yourself on holiday as the town is crowded by locals. Bars are open until late and locals like to drink beer and cocktails in front of the bars.

In the summer there are often festivals in the beach bars, including Lido Paradiso and Isola Bianca. In the city are various (lounge) bars such as “8.5”. This is a lounge bar completely in retro design with a hip decor and in the evenings often live music. 8.5 is at Via Abate Palmerio 20. Il Salotto Via Torrearsa 104 has great cocktails and in the evening often Dj’s.

Port of Trapani

The port of Trapani is a bustling environment. It’s a coming and going of ferries, merchant vessels and yachts. From the port of Trapani threre are many ferry connections. Ferries depart to the Egadi-Islands (directly off the coast), to the island of Pantelleria and even Tunisia.

Day trips from Trapani

In the vicinity of Trapani there are several attractions, beautiful beaches and islands to visit. From Trapani you can make day trips to the ruins of Segesta, to a Egadi-Island such as Favignana, to ancient Erice and many more.
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Where is Trapani?

Trapani is at the West point of Sicily. Flights from London Luton will take about two and a half hours to reach the small airport of Trapani. From the airport to reach Trapani is about 15 miles and it will take you by bus 25 minutes.

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From Trapani-airport (A) to Trapani center (B) is about 15 miles

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Map of Trapani center

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