Val di Mazzara
Stepping westward along the north coast from Cefalù, one soon arrives at Palermo, Sicily’s capital city and a treasure trove of artistic riches whose Arab-Norman churches and duomo, along with the splendid cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalú, form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the greatness of the Valley of Temples in Agrigento.
The west of Sicily is dotted with the fascinating towns Erice, Trapani and Agrigento, one of the most impressive and best-preserved temples in the Mediterranean, and glorious sandy beaches such as the one at San Vito Lo Capo or Mondello.
THE AEGADIAN ISLANDS
The Aegadian Islands are three islands off the western coast of Sicily, close to Trapani and Marsala, and conveniently located for Trapani Airport. Visitors can relax in a picturesque island piazza on Favignana with a cheap glass of wine, see prehistoric cave-paintings on the little picture-postcard island of Levanzo, or step further from the hectic world on Marettimo, for a leisurely holiday based around swimming and diving in the clear water around the coast.
PANTELLERIA & PELAGIAN ISLANDS
To the south of the western most tip of Sicily and closer to Africa than to Europe, lies the “black pearl of the Mediterranean”, the volcanic island of Pantelleria. Lampedusa and Linosa (alongside tiny uninhabited Lampione) make up the Pelagien archipelago.