Itinerary: How to Visit Sicily in 10 Days
You’re planning to travel to Sicily?
To help you plan your stay, I have written a detailed itinerary that will allow you to discover all the must-see attractions of western Sicily in 10 days.
What you will see: The Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, the Scala dei Turchi, Selinunte Temples, The beautiful Erice medieval perched village and much more!
Of course, I will also give you my best tips and advice so you can make the most of your stay. And as bonus, you will find a selection of the best accommodations in each city.
Now here is my recommended itinerary in Sicily, for 9-10 days!
- Itinerary: How to Visit Sicily in 10 Days
- 1) Palermo (2 days)
- 2) Agrigento (2 days)
- 3) Selinunte (1 day)
- 4) Trapani (2 days)
- 5) Scopello (2 days)
- 6) Castellammare del Golfo (1 day)
- Renting a car in Sicily: the best option
- Budget for a 10 days trip to Sicily
- 10 days in Western Sicily: my impressions
- Sicily Tours
- You’re traveling in Sicily? These articles will help you!
1) Palermo (2 days)
To start your 10 days stay on the west coast of Sicily, I advise you to land in Palermo rather than Catania. Flights prices are the same for both cities, but to visit this part of Sicily, Palermo is a much better starting point. Catania is preferable to visit the east coast, as I explain in my other article.
The best way to move around for your tour in Sicily is undoubtedly by car. You can rent your car in advance on the internet or directly at one of the rental counters in the airport, at the arrivals hall.
Car rental companies in Sicily have a pretty bad reputation (speaking from personal experience here!) so be careful when choosing yours. I’m talking about the best solution to avoid problems at the end of the article.
Once you have collected your car, head towards Palermo and your hotel to drop off your luggage. Depending on the arrival time of your flight, you will then have the afternoon to start exploring the city. A great way to start your 10 days road trip in Sicily!
Palermo Old town is a great place to start your visit of the city
In an afternoon, you will be able to see:
- The Norman palace: Former residence of the Norman kings in the Middle Ages, the palace now houses the regional parliament. It’s famous for the palatine chapel interior, made of magnificent mosaics.
- St. John of the Hermits with its large red domes
- Palermo cathedral: mixing several architectural styles such as Arabo-Norman, Gothic and Baroque. The exterior is really impressive and worth a look.
- Piazza Vigliena or Quattro Canti, considered as the center of the city, it marks the intersection of the 2 main streets of Palermo: The Via Vittorio Emanuele and the Via Maqueda, along which you will find many palaces and churches.
- Massimo Theatre, Italy‘s largest opera house and the third largest in Europe. You can visit the interior with a guided tour.
The next day, for your second day in Palermo, I recommend you to visit:
- Start your day at the Ballaro market, and enjoy the Sicilian scents and colours.
- Don’t hesitate to visit the Abatellis palace, if you like of paintings and sculptures. A museum with an important and beautiful works of art collection.
- You can then walk along the Fioro Italico, a very popular place with a nice sea view.
- The walk will take you to Palermo botanical garden (paid entrance), where you can enjoy some shade and peace. You can also see Villa Giulia gardens (free entrance), located right next to it.
- Afterwards, you can walk through the city for an unusual visit: The Capuchins catacombs of Palermo. These catacombs are famous for housing more than 8,000 mummies; not for the faint-hearted!
- Then go and admire the Zisa palace, where the Norman kings behaved like true Arab princes. Rumor has it that some people took advantage of it to have a harem.
To finish the day off in style, don’t miss one of the highlights of your stay in Palermo: a visit to Monreale Cathedral.
Monreale town is located about 10 kilometres from Palermo, 30 minutes by car. The cathedral, a marvel of architecture, is well known for its numerous mosaics and magnificent cloister.
Another option, if you prefer to enjoy the beach and swim a bit is to go to Mondello, located about 10 kilometres away.
Yes, there is no fine sand beach in Palermo, so to swim you will have to take the bus or your car. As a result, Mondello is touristic but it’s the closest place if you want to freshen up.
You can find all the information you need to visit Palermo in my article: The 15 best things to do in Palermo.
Where to stay in Palermo
- A casa di Amici: Located 1km from the cathedral, this youth hostel offers beds in dormitory from 20€, breakfast included. Strong points: the geographical location, the terrace, the fact it’s super clean, the comfortable beds and the shared areas.
- Due Passi: B&B located 500 meters from the Massimo Theatre. Modern and bright double room from 63€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: very pleasant neighborhood, B&B well located, the warm welcome and availability of the hosts, quiet place and very good breakfast. This hotel offers the best value for money in Palermo under 100€!
- Alma Hôtel: Located 450 metres from the Massimo Theatre and 1.5 km from the Cathedral of Palermo. Very modern and stylish double room from 130€, breakfast included. What I liked: adorable owners giving lots of good advice, the rooms quality, and of course, the exceptional breakfast with home-made cakes.
- Porta Di Castro: Located in the heart of Palermo old town, at only 5 minutes on foot from Palermo Cathedral. Superb double room starting at 150€ per night, breakfast included. What I loved: The perfect location, the hotel design, the awesome breakfast, and the very friendly staff. The best hotel for a luxury stay in Palermo!
For a good overview of the city, here is a drone video of Palermo made by a Sicilian Youtuber, with some very nice shots. It really makes me want to go back!
2) Agrigento (2 days)
For the second stage of your stay, You will cross Sicily from North to South and go to Agrigento, a must-see on a trip in Western Sicily.
From Palermo to Agrigento, it takes about 2h30 by car. It means you will have a bit more than half a day left to start discovering the region of Agrigento. The good thing is that the route allows you to discover the plains of Sicily, a landscape quite different from what you are used to see on postcards!
After lunch, I recommend you to go to the to lesser-known nature reserve of Punta Bianca. The perfect place to take a stroll and go for a swim.
If you have the time, you should definitely go to the Castello di Montechiaro, a medieval castle perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. The landscape is magnificent there, and it’s totally unknown to tourists!
Then return to Agrigento to enjoy a well-deserved night.
For the second day, you probably guessed it, you will visit THE must-see attractions in Agrigento: the Valley of the Temples. The visit takes about 2h30 on foot, so you can easily spend the morning there.
After the visit, head towards Agrigento old town for the lunch break. You won’t have any trouble finding a good restaurant or a few arancini or foccacia to eat on the go. I recommend you Siculo (21 Via Luigi Pirandello) restaurant if you want to eat quickly.
In the afternoon, you will visit Agrigento historic center, following an explicative panels route that will allow you to see all the historic monuments of the city. Plan about 1 hour, a little more if the buildings are open and you want to visit them.
To end the day, I strongly recommend you to go to the second most visited place in the region of Agrigento: the Scala Dei Turchi.
This cliff made of white limestone going down in the turquoise sea is famous for the “steps” shapes carved by the wind and the sea. The place is also great for swimming and you should really stay there until sunset, you won’t regret it!
If you’re planning to visit Agrigento during your stay in Sicily, you should read my article: Visit Agrigento: The 10 best things to do
Where to stay in Agrigento
- B&B Sorahnia – Design House: Located far from the heart of Agrigento and 4 km from the Temple Valley. Modern double room with terrace from 50€ per night, breakfast included. What I loved: the location is quiet and close to the center, the very warm welcome, an exceptional home-made breakfast, and a free private parking. It’s my favorite for its exceptional value for money!
- Colleverde Park Hotel: Located 2 kilometres from the heart of Agrigento and 15 minutes’ walk from the valley of temples. Classic but bright double room from 68€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the large garden with a view of the temples, Sicilian breakfast.
- Hotel Villa Athena: A Luxury hotel located in the heart of the Temple Valley, 200 meters from the temple of Concorde. A huge double room with a well decorated and spacious interior. A magnificent view of the temples starting from 205€ per night, breakfast at 18€. Strong points: the restaurant with its panoramic terrace overlooking the valley, the exceptional location with a private entrance to the valley, luxury and refinement, swimming pool. It is the best choice for an exceptional stay in Agrigento.
3) Selinunte (1 day)
Let’s continue this 10 days in Sicily itinerary with Selinunte, located about a hundred kilometres away from Agrigento (1h30 by car).
As the journey is relatively short between Agrigento and Selinunte, we stopped on the way to see some points of interest like:
- Torre Salsa nature reserve (to visit only if the weather is good with no rain, otherwise the road will be extremely bad)
- Eraclea Minoa beach
- The town of Sciacca.
Since we had our luggage in the car, we never stayed very long and were careful not to get far away. This is very important when you travel in Sicily, as unfortunately thefts are quite frequent.
Depending on the time of day, you can choose to have lunch in Sciacca or continue the journey to Selinunte, which is what we did during our 10 days trip in Sicily.
So once the luggages has been dropped off, it’s lunch time! Always a great time in Italy!
Most restaurants and cafes in Selinunte are located on the seaside. For lunch, I recommend eating at Danimarca Bar (also called caffè borbone). It offers a wide choice of panini or arancini at an affordable price. We took 2 panini and a tiramisu for 9.50€, and it was very good.
For the afternoon, you will visit the town’s must-see attraction: Selinunte archaeological park. It’s what you came here for! It’s located just at the entrance of the city.
The park is divided into 2 sites, so the best thing to do is to take the car to go from one place to the other. When you arrive, park on the first parking lot in front of the building to buy the 6€ admission tickets. You can also choose to take a tourist train for an extra 6€. It will take you around the different temples.
The first part of the temples is a must-see for the magnificent and well-preserved temple located in the middle of a plain. Don’t hesitate to stroll through the ruins, the place is really beautiful and relaxing.
You can then get out, and take your car back to go to the second car park, a little further. A security guard will ask for your tickets so don’t throw them away!
You will have access to the second part of the park, housing several temples, more or less well preserved. The park is very large, so it’s an opportunity to take a nice stroll among the ruins and nature.
I really enjoyed walking in Selinunte archaeological park, which is one of my favourites attractions of this 10-day itinerary in Sicily. Taking our time, the visit took about 3 hours.
Anecdote: The temples are named A, B, C etc… Not the best names ever, but that’s because it wasn’t possible to attribute them to a specific divinity.
For the evening meal, I recommend DAG, a pizzeria restaurant. We ate delicious pizzas at a very good price.
Where to stay in Selinunte
- Agrisicilia (Relax Mare e Natura): 10 minutes’ drive from the archaeological park. Large double room with sea view from 45€, breakfast included. Strong points: the very nice setting in the middle of olive trees, the calm, the kindness and the advice of the guests, the free private car park. It’s the best value for money in town!
- Terrazo di Venere la Reserva: B&B located 20 minutes’ walk from the beach and 4 km from the archaeological park. Very comfortable double room with very comfortable decoration from 80€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the location, the huge garden, the house breakfast, the private and free parking.
- Il Vigneto Resort: Located 5 kilometers from the park of Selinunte, in the village of Porto Palo. Spacious and bright double room from 100€ per night, breakfast included. What I loved: the view on the vineyards and the surrounding countryside, the large swimming pool, the calm, the delicious breakfast. Perfect for a romantic stay in Selinunte!
4) Trapani (2 days)
From Selinunte, go to Trapani for the 4th leg of this Itinerary. During our 10 days trip in Sicily, instead of taking the fastest road, we took the one that goes by Mazara del Vallo and Marsala in order to take the salt road (“via del sale” in Italian). I really recommend you do the same to enjoy the scenery!
Marsala is located at 1 hour drive from Selinunte. It’s the opportunity to taste the wine of the same name (but not too much, the road trip isn’t finished!) and admire some monuments like its baroque cathedral, the Republic Square or the VII April Palace.
When exiting Marsala, take the SP21. This road, nicknamed the Salt Road, will take you through Trapani and Paceco salt pans. This landscape is must-see of the region! Mills and salt pans are the perfect postcard decor.
Arriving in Trapani (45 minutes’ drive from Marsala without counting the stop at the salt pans), it will certainly be time for lunch. For a lunch on the go (we often opt for this lunchtime option), I recommend you El Medina restaurant. They serves pizza slices for only 2€. The zucchini/pesto or eggplant/pesto are delicious!
Then to digest, take a short stroll through Trapani’s historic centre, with its many typical streets such as Via Garibaldi or Corso Italia.
In the afternoon, you should really go to Erice village, a perched medieval village overlooking Trapani. It’s the city’s main attraction!
To go up there, you have 2 choices:
- About 30 minutes by car
- At 10 minutes by cable car.
Needless to say, the second choice will give you a great view, but if you feel dizzy, the car option also offers a nice view over the valley and the sea. And it’s easier to make a photo stop!
Erice is a pretty village at the top of the mountain. Famous for its castle hanging on the cliff and its pretty cobblestone streets, it’s a very touristic place. By walking around the village, you will have access to many beautiful views of Trapani and the sea. The village tour will take about 2 hours.
Finally, to end this day in style, you should go swimming or sunbathing on one of the beaches of Trapani.
For this second day in Trapani, let’s go to the other must-see attraction of the region: The Aegadian Islands. Theses 3 small islands are accessible by ferry from Trapani harbor.
The most visited is Favignana, because it’s the largest and best served by boat. It’s the best option, if like us, you don’t have much time in the city.
In Favignana, you will be able to tour the island and the most beautiful places in one day by bike. There are many bike rental shops just when you exit the ferry. You can’t miss them!
Favignana is the perfect place to go for a swim in warm, crystal clear water, so don’t forget your swimsuit! Bring also a hat and sunscreen, as there are no shaded areas at all.
Find all the highlights of Trapani as well as detailed explanations about Erice and Favignana in our article: The 10 best things to discover in Trapani
Where to stay in Trapani
- Moderno Hotel: The hotel is located in the heart of Trapani old town. Spacious and comfortable double room from 55€ per night, breakfast at 5€. Why I like it: the ideal location, close to restaurants, the beach and the port to take the ferry to the Aegadian Islands.
- Trapani inn Hotel: Located in front of the ferries to Aegadian Islands departure. Modern and well decorated double room from 72€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: located in the heart of the city, a very friendly staff and an excellent breakfast. It’s the best value for money in Trapani!
- San Michele Hotel:Located 5 minutes’ walk from the port, also in Trapani old town. Spacious double room with carefully decorated decoration from 82€, breakfast included. Things I loved: the quiet location, the attentive staff, a good breakfast and large Italian-style showers!
- Residence la Gancia: Located in the heart of Trapani, at 30 meters from the beach. Modern studio apartment with a fully equipped kitchenette starting at 125€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the rooftop terrace to take your breakfast or see the sunset, the great location and the studios design.
- Firriato Hospitality – Baglio Soria: Located at 7km from Trapani center, in the vineyards. Bright double room starting at 200€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the very quiet place, the superb breakfast, the view, the swimming pool, the very helpful staff. If you don’t mind being a bit away from the city center, this is the best choice for a luxury stay in Trapani!
5) Scopello (2 days)
For the 5th leg of our 10 days itinerary in Sicily, you will go to the small cute village of Scopello. To reach Scopello from Trapani, it takes about 50 minutes by car.
If we went there, it’s because it’s the closest place to one of the sites that we absolutely wanted to see: Zingaro Nature Reserve. There are 2 entrances to the reserve: South and north. The south one is the closest to Scopello. No problem to park, there are large car parks there.
Admission to the reserve costs 5€, parking included.
Once you have entered the reserve, you can’t get lost. You just need to follow the path that runs along the seaside and goes to the other entrance. The landscape is simply breathtaking! The reserve is full of small coves and beaches for swimming. You can alternate walking and swimming during the whole day.
Along the trail you will also find many small 1-room museums such as the Natural History Museum or the Marine Museum.
The round trip from one end to the other of the Zingaro nature reserve took us about 4 hours but we didn’t stop to swim. You can spend the whole day there if you want. The trail has no particular difficulty.
If you are not tired of swimming or if you have chosen to just walk in the reserve, you can finish your afternoon on one of the beaches of Scopello:
- Guidaloca beach, a large pebble beach located before Scopello. You can rent deckchairs or have a drink in one of the 2 bars.
- La Tonnara beach, a private beach with a 3.50€ entrance fee. It’s a very beautiful and famous beach in Scopello. Next to the beach there is a hotel in an old Tonnara.
To finish the day in style, go to the small village of Scopello. You will be able to admire a beautiful view of the Tonnara.
There is not much to do in the village, there are mostly bars and restaurants.
We dined at the Nettuno restaurant and enjoyed a “pasta alla Norma” (tomatoes, eggplants, ricotta) for barely 8€ per person. It should be noted that the restaurant offers only fish and seafood dishes, but if you don’t like it, they can adapt the dishes.
And for dessert, we highly recommend the Scopello pasticeria, with its wide choice of home made pastries, ice creams and granites. We loved them (and even went back several times!).
We continue this 10 days stay in Sicily with a second day in Scopello, to visit the surroundings of San Vito Lo Capo, 55 minutes by car from Scopello.
After about forty minutes, you will reach a road on the seaside which offers magnificent viewpoints and the opportunity for many photos stops! You will also find places to swim everywhere. The landscape is really worth a look, I particularly liked this place during our trip to Sicily.
San Vito Lo Capo is a seaside resort, so there isn’t much to do tourism wise. However, there is a huge fine sand beach with private beaches areas and many bars. If you have children, this is the ideal place for swimming.
After seeing the beach, you can go up to the tonnara del secco, an old abandoned tonnara without anything special, but the landscape around is nice to see.
After the lunch break, head towards Monte Cofano nature reserve, about 30 minutes from San Vito Lo Capo. Inside the reserve, you can take one of the 2 trails:
- One runs along the seaside
- The other climbs to the top of Mont Cofano.
The first one is an easy 3 hours return hike.
The second one requires good physical condition and walking shoes, as it climbs and has some difficult passages. Count 4 to 5 hours for a round trip.
We did the seaside path (the other one was closed) and then stayed in one of the coves at the entrance.
Where to stay in Scopello
- Villa Anna: Located 5 minutes from Guidaloca beach and 10 minutes’ drive from Scopello. Modern and bright double room from 60€ per night, breakfast included. What we liked: the geographical location close to Scopello and the Zingaro nature reserve, the calm of the place, the reception of the host, the rooms with private terrace, the private free parking and above all the excellent and copious breakfast with home-made cakes. We highly recommend it. It’s our favorite choice in Scopello for it’s great value.
- Tenute Plaia Agroturismo: Located 500 meters from Scopello. Double room with classic decoration from 79 €, breakfast included. Strong points: the setting in the countryside, the view, the breakfast and the restaurant of the hotel, the swimming pool, the private and free parking.
- B & B Talia: Located in Scopello itself. Comfortable and colorful double room from 124 € per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the location and the view on the Tonnara, the kindness of the hosts, the home made breakfast.
6) Castellammare del Golfo (1 day)
The final stage of this 10 days tour in Sicily takes you to Castellammare del Golfo. It’s the perfect town to visit before going back home, as it’s close to Palermo airport (35 minutes by car). Unfortunately, this also means the end of the holidays!
For this last day in Sicily, depending on your flight schedule, I suggest you go to Segesta Temple. It’s only 25 minutes’ drive from Castellammare del Golfo. The site, lost in the middle of the countryside and perched on a hill, offers an unobstructed view of the surroundings. You will be able to admire the beautifully preserved temple of Segesta and the theatre, which still hosts shows.
For lunch, you should go back to Castellamare del Golfo. And for this last day in Sicily, I suggest you to take a stroll in the old town and harbor, with maybe a last swimming break!
Where to stay in Castellammare del Golfo
- Hôtel Punta Nord Est: Hotel located just in front of the beach, you go out, and you are in the water! Large and bright double room from 60€ per night, breakfast included. What we loved: the swimming pool, access to a private cove, magnificent view from the rooms. It is our favourite for its incredible value for money!
- Santina: B&B located 200 meters from the sea. Comfortable and nicely decorated double room with a superb sea view from 75€ per night, breakfast included. The pluses: the view from the rooms, delicious breakfast, availability and welcome of the guests.
- Atrium: B&B located in the old town of Castellammare del Golfo. Double room with carefully decorated and refined decoration from 100€ per night, breakfast included. What we loved: design of the rooms and bathrooms, comfort, location, home made pancakes for breakfast, kindness of the guests.
Renting a car in Sicily: the best option
For your 10 days road trip in Sicily, you will of course have to rent a car.
But as I told you at the beginning of this article, in Sicily, even international companies are not very reliable. It’s therefore extremely important to protect yourself against fake damage scams!
The best way to avoid problems is to book with the Rentalcars.com website. It allows you to compare all the car rental offers, so you can chose the one you prefer (Europcar, Avis, etc.). The most important thing about Rentalcars is to choose the “full protection” option when booking. You will then be covered in case of damage or theft!
So if you have a problem with the car, Rentalcars.com will refund you for the costs invoiced by the rental company. Be careful, you will still have to advance the costs to the rental company.
Example: by returning the car at the end of our stay, Europcar charged us a scratch for 470€ (yes it hurts!), immediately debited on my bank account.
As soon as I arrived back home, I sent the invoice and proof of debit to Rentalcars. 3 days later I was fully refunded!
Very effective as a service and rare enough to be highlighted.
Last advice: if you have taken the complete insurance when booking on the website, you don’t need to take any other insurance at the rental company’s counter (they will try to impose it by any means, but don’t give up!)
Budget for a 10 days trip to Sicily
To give you an idea of what your 10 days stay in Sicily will cost you, this is what we spent for 2 people:
- Transport for 2 (flight from Geneva + car rental): 520€
- Accommodation for 2: 440€
- Visits for 2: 170€
- Food for 2: 380€ + + extras for ice cream and granites!!!
Total Budget for 10 days in Sicily for 2: 1510€
10 days in Western Sicily: my impressions
This 10 days trip in Western Sicily only reinforced the love I had for this region of Italy during my first trip, when I visited the East coast. Due to lack of time, I couldn’t visit the west part of the island at the time. Now it’s done, I can say that the whole Sicily is really a beautiful region!
The thing I especially loved is the possibility to alternate between cities visits, historic sites, walks and hikes in nature reserves and of course swimming! It’s, in my opinion, the perfect rhythm for a trip and no doubt that you too will become addicted to Sicily too!
Did you like our 10 days itinerary in Sicily? Then you will certainly want to discover the other part of Sicily, the East, for your next holidays.
Don’t hesitate to have a look at our one-week itinerary from Catania to Syracuse via Taormina. Think about it for the next time and keep our article in your bookmarks: The perfect 1 week itinerary in Sicily.
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