Best of Sicily Cycling

Best of Sicily Cycling

From SCOPELLO to SELINUNTE      Cycling tour: 8 days/7 nights

You will begin with Scopello, beautiful little village on the sea with its ancient hamlet. Walking discovering the Zingaro Natural Reserve with its unspoilted coves and wonderful panoramas on the sea. Then you will reach the Archaeological Park of Segesta with its Magnificent Greek Temple and Amphitheatre and go along towards Trapani, famous for its coral and fine palaces of the historical centre. You can take the cable way from here to reach Erice, to admire the view on the Salt Pans and the Egadi Islands. Reaching Favignana by ship will be amazing and once back you will pedal to discover Selinunte, Archaeological Park directly on the sea.

 

1st day: Palermo or Trapani (airports) – ScopelloIMG_9227

Arrival in the village of Scopello a very small village sprang up around an ancient “baglio” dating back to the seventeenth-century. Briefing about the tour and the road book and all the informative papers. Accommodation and overnight stay.

2nd day: Zingaro Natural Reserve – Hiking (6 hours)

Soon after breakfast, trekking at the Zingaro Natural Reserve: a beautiful walking on foot along the paths who run along one of the most panoramic area of the tyrrenic coast in Sicily, with a lot of vegetation and wonderful coves. Accommodation in Scopello.

3rd day: Scopello – Segesta – Buseto Palizzolo (45 km)images (3)

From Scopello you will reach the archaeological site of Segesta, one of the most important and evocative archeological centre because of the impressiveness of its temple with its breathaking sea view. Segesta in the past was a powerful town of the Elimians coming from Turke
y and also with the Greeks and the Romans during the punic war. Accommodation in BB. Difficulty: moderate

 

 

4th day: Buseto Palizzolo – Trapani (35 km)

During this day you will pedal inland, solitary places and country places which show the real part of country life in Sicily. Accommodation in BB Difficulty: easycycling scopello

5th day: Free time at disposal / Erice mountain or Favignana island

Today you have free time at disposal to visit the medieval village of Erice with a taxi or with the cable car to admire the wind mills and the salt pans from there. Otherwise you can take the hydrofoil and reach the nearby island of Favignana to take a bath or just explore the lively island.

biciiii6th day: Trapani – Mozia – Marsala (48 km)

Today you will pedal in total relax! The panoramic road coasts the sea where the sight of the flow mills on the salinas is amazing. You will then have the chance to visit the little island of Mozia, little uncontaminated punic island, where you will find an archaeological site and a private museum. Just a little bit of kilometries to reach Marsala and optional visit to one of the canteen where a special li
quoer, the “Marsala” is producted. B&B. Difficulty: easy

 

7th day: Marsala - Selinunte (68 km)mozia

This hilly stage will lead you to the Archaeological sites of Cave di Cusa quarries and Selinunte, the ancient Selinus, and will give you the chance to enter inland the Island. Leaving the flat vineyards around Marsala curve inland towards a softly undulating series of hill, and then down to the sea again, passing by the Cave di Cusa Archaeological site, one of the most fascinating natural workshop of construction material of the Greek period. The archaeological park surrounding Selinunte and its monuments extends about 1.300 meters east to west. Difficulty; easy

8th day: Departure; You will wake up and after a great breakfast admiring the fantastic view on the sea you will leave this land with wonderful memories.


Caponata

Caponata is a famous Sicilian dish, much used in the Christmas holCaponataidays, consisting of fried vegetables and seasoned with sweet and sour sauce; there is a basic recipe and many variants, with slightly different names, such as “caponatina”, which is similar to caponata in the ingredients, but different in the preparation; is not sour, and looks more like a parmigiana. The origin of the name caponata, is uncertain: some say would be a word derived from the Catalan recipe that included among the ingredients of fish, including the “fish capone” and mollusks such as octopus, and then entered the regional tradition as poor dish with vegetables instead of fish; other relevance with Spain we find with the word “capon”, which was a biscuit consumed by Spanish sailors.

 

 


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