Western Sicily is simply a different world. But different from what? For sure from the rest of Italy, but primarily from the eastern part of the island, way more touristy.
You find here the same astonishing beauty, history and culture spread out in the whole island but with fewer tourists, less bustle and exactly the same great food.
One of the things that makes western Sicily a so unique destination is its proximity to Africa, much stronger here then in the more developed areas on the east side, with Moorish influences either in the architecture - like in the tight passages of the old quarters - and in the local cuisine.
But this land, so strategical since the ancient times, has known so many dominations, from so many civilizations. And each domination has left its footprint in the culture, architecture, language, cuisine, wine.
“Sicily has suffered thirtheen foreign dominations from wich it has taken both the best and the worst. The sequence of different cultures has made Sicily a fascinating place, quite unlike any other." - Andrea Camilleri - one of Italy's most famous contemporary writers.
Naming all the highlights of this tour in the hearth of western Sicily would require pages and pages. Just think about Palermo, where the tour starts and ends, or Monreale, Erice, Mazara del Vallo. Each of this towns would deserve a longer visit: have a look at the resources here below to get a better insight.
Is Sicily paradise? We can say it is for us who like to travel on a bike, but we cannot deny that is also the most controversial and complicated Italian region, in which the poignant beauty of the places and the warm hospitality of the local people is opposed to well known social problems. We'll talk about that when crossing towns like Corleone or when visiting Palermo.
Love it or hate it: that's Sicily.
Biking is a great way to explore this portion of the island, as cycling provides the slow approach that makes travelers appreciate every single sight.
The tour is designed in the shape of a ring that embraces Sicily's western end, proposing relatively low elevation gains on gentle gradients as well as distances that leave us plenty of time for not only exploring what geography and architecture have to show us, but also to taste - stage after stage - the world-class cooking and wine that is a recognized asset of this region.
This tour is offered either as guided or self guided. But we suggest to take a chance to discover 'real' Sicily supported by our local team. You'll see it makes big difference!