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Western Sicily Bicycle Tours

Introduction

The ancient name for Sicily was Trinacria – the three-cornered island. Each part of the island has its own history and character, contributing to a varied and complex whole.

The history of Sicily can be traced back more than 2000 years, during which time it has been dominated by many different rulers – Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spanish – with each succeeding culture leaving its unique indelible mark on the island.

The extremes of the Sicilian climate have shaped the landscape. Verdant coasts abound while in the arid interior hilltop-perched villages are surrounded by barren uplands which burst into flowery glory every spring.

Western Sicily has been particularly exposed to influences from differing colonizing civilizations. The Phoenicians settled in Mozia and founded harbours at Palermo. They were followed by the Greeks and then the Arabs who began their conquest at Marsala.

With the magnificent ruins of Segesta and Selinunte, the west is well endowed with ancient archaeological fascination. The splendid medieval towns of Cefalu and Erice are delightful, while in the interior are villages where the passage of time seems to have been suspended – especially in the Madonie Mountains. For lovers of natural history, the off shore Egadi Islands and the Zingaro Reserve between Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo are of particular interest.

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Map of the Region

You may find it helpful to view and print off a copy of the regional map and cross reference with the description.

Western Sicily Bicycle Tours

Western Sicily Biking Routes

Route Start Finish Route options
En Route
A^ MONDELLO Castellammare    
Trappeto; Golfo di Castellanmmare
B Castellammare Castellammare    
Scopello; Zingaro National Park
C^ Castellammare Nubia  
Alcamo; Segesta; Trapani
D Nubia Nubia    
Erice; San Vito lo Capo
E^ Nubia Mazara    
Saline di Trapani; Mozia; Marsala
F Mazara Mazara      
Selinunte; Campobello
G^ Mazara Calatafimi Segesta    
Salemi; Segesta
H^ Mazara Selinunte      
Campobello
I^ Calatafimi Segesta MONREALE    
Segesta; Monreale
J Calatafimi Segesta Castellammare    
Partanna; Santa Ninfa; Segesta
K Selinunte Contessa Entellina    
Partanna; Santa Margh./Sambuca di Sicilia
L Contessa Entellina Contessa Entellina    
Ch Sclafani; Giuliana; wine tasting
M Contessa Entellina Ficuzza      
Corleone
N Ficuzza MONREALE      
Piana degli Albanesi; Altofonte
O Selinunte Palazzo Adriano      
Partanna/Menfi; Sambuca di Sicilia; Chiusa
P Palazzo Adriano Alia  
Prizzi; Santo Stefano; Castronuovo do Sicilia
Q Alia Susafa      
Valledolmo; Caltavuturo
R Susafa CEFALU      
Polizzi Generosa; Madonie Park
S^ Alia Enna    
Valledolmo; Santa Caterina Villarmosa Villarosa
T Enna Enna      
Piazza Armerina; Villa Romana del Casale
U Enna Nicosia    
Leonforte; Agira; Sperlinga
V Nicosia CEFALU      
Madonie Park; Castelbuono; Gangi

Note:

Towns above in CAPITALS are Trailhead towns.

^ = Public transport option available for part or all of route

* = Route can be divided into two shorter options (with an additional overnight)