Stagnone and Surroundings
Let's start our virtual trip from the place you'll better know during your stay in Marsala: Stagnone Lagoon. It belongs to the Regional Natural Reserve of Stagnone Islands of Marsala and includes four islands: Isola Lunga, Schola, Santa Maria and Mothia, the most important one because of historical aspects. We suggest you to visit at least the last one, reaching it by boats leaving from the landing stages you will find in that part of the town.
Stagnone Lagoon is the perfect place to kitesurf both for beginners and skilled kiters because the sea bottom isn't too deep and water temperature is always warmer than elsewhere. That's why it has been a favourite destination for “kite-lovers” for several years.
After kitesurfing, you can visit the rest of the town, finding an amazing inner centre, where history and innovation go hand in hand: passing through the two remaining gateways of the town you will feel with all your senses our culture, which is a perfect melting-pot of the past dominations: Arabian cooking, Spanish and Norman buildings, Roman street system...
Archaeology is an important aspect of our culture, giving evidence of the great past of ancient Lilybeo, and in different places of the town you will find archaeological open-pit sites.
At the evening, you have only to choose where having dinner or drinking something: there's a wide set of opportunities to taste our typical food and wines. During the summer, you can enjoy your dinner in one of the restaurants on the beach, looking at the town from a different perspective.
Around Marsala there are lots of noteworthy places, being them archaeological, natural or historical sites.
Egadi Islands (Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo) are a wonderful summer destination: you can reach them by hydrofoil directly from Marsala's harbour and enjoy their clear water, pure shores, bays, caves, far from the noise of the big city.
Erice is a mountain near Trapani, and it appears like a place out of the world. It saves its Medieval character, with narrow road and cobblestones. In bright days, you can admire a charming landscape, until Egadi Islands and even Etna, on the other side of Sicily.
Erice is seat of the famous Scientific Centre “Ettore Majorana”, found in 1963 and nowadays excellent location for worldwide scientific research.
Selinunte and Segesta are very important archaeological sites. In two different directions, the former southward, the latter northward from Marsala, they will offer you the chance to immerse yourselves in a timeless atmosphere enjoying the magnificence of ancient buildings, some of them still in a good condition.
Zingaro Nature Reserve connects SanVito lo Capo (another place we suggest you to visit because of its “Caribbean” beaches) to Castellammare del Golfo: it does not only include the land, but also the sea and beaches, which stretch along the coast for almost 7 km. Here you can admire a great variety of rare plants and several species of birds. The Reserve has a complex network of paths, shelters, water taps, picnic areas, museums, carpark, and other amenities; there are no roads and it can only be visited on foot.