Kissed by the Sun: Travel in Sicily

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A view from the cable ride. Photo by Silvia Martin
A view from the cable ride. Photo by Silvia Martin

As we began our hiking adventure, we drove to Rifugio Sapienza, where we had the option to either hike for seven hours, or take the cable way and then hike for about four hours. The slope is steep and the walk up looks hard, all the more so since you’re walking on volcanic ash, which means that your feet sink into it and you slide back with every step.

The cable way was the more reasonable option for two travellers wearing regular shoes, but was expensive. Count 30€/head for a return ticket. We then walked up to 3345m – careful, it is very windy up the mountain and the highest peak with the steaming crater cannot be accessed without a guide and trekking equipment. If you don’t want to walk on the lunar platform, you can also take the bus to see the craters, but that comes with an additional fee. It is a very touristy place, but worthwhile.

As huge Godfather fans, travelling to Corleone was another highlight of our trip. The village was rather quiet when we arrived, but the drive there was breath taking, one of my favourite moments. Countryside is pretty special in Italy, we appreciated it more than driving along the coast.

There is not much to do in Corleone and the roads surrounding it are in bad condition, so make sure you take a sturdy car if you want to make it to your destination. And back.

We passed by Palermo rather in a rush, which is a shame, because I could have spent more time exploring. Palermo has the disadvantage of being crowded and very reminiscent of Rome or any other beautiful Italian city, though, and we wanted to see something different about Sicily.

Palermo. Photo by Silvia Martin
Palermo. Photo by Silvia Martin

Back in Trapani, we decided to take a boat to Marettimo, one of the Aegadian Islands. Now this is one place to fall in love with and one that I would gladly go back to.

It is as blue and attractive as a little island can be. Had the weather allowed it, we would have gone cave-diving, but we had a plane to catch the following day and there was a storm coming our way so we had to leave in a rush and much earlier than foreseen.

I’ll always remember our hosts at I Delfini, who made sure we caught our boat on time and packed all the good things they had prepared for us for breakfast, which we had on a rough sea, with massive waves blocking the view from the windows.

There is so much more to explore in Sicily. From rugged landscape to the richness and mix of culture, the good quality food and all the sun you can hope for, Sicily makes for a very attractive destination. And when you go there, don’t forget to try something new: for me, that was the fish couscous, a true delicacy, which we stumbled upon in a restaurant called La Bettolaccia – definitely worth a detour.

If You Go to Sicily:

Sicily – Discover Italy

Author Bio: Silvia Martin is a travel blogger and writer in love with the world and everything it has to offer. My holidays usually rhyme with adventure and wilderness and the farther, the better. I live in Belgium, I come from Romania, and I go places.