Why choose a cruise to Trapani?

trapani port
The town of Trapani lies next to a sickle-shaped bay. It has a picturesque historic centre that bears traces of its colonisation by both Arab and European civilisations. Just behind it is the medieval mountain-top city of Erice, located 750m above sea level.

A Trapani cruise also gives you access to stunning natural scenery, including the beautiful bays tucked into the rugged Sicilian coastline. Travel along the coast road to Marsala and you’ll pass white salt pans and red windmills, beautifully contrasting with the cornflower-blue sky.

A guide to Trapani’s hotspots

One of the most highly recommended excursions on a Trapani cruise is a visit to Erice, which can be reached via cable car. You’ll love wandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets, visiting attractions such as the fairytale castle of Venus. The view of the salt flats, the city and the sea is astounding – and on a clear day you can see all the way to Africa.


Take a trip to Trapani’s historic centre, where many buildings have been restored to their former glory. The Via Garibaldi is a pedestrianised street lined with churches and baroque buildings. The Church of Our Souls in Purgatory, where you’ll find 20 life-sized wooden statues, is particularly noteable.

Trapani is located between Africa and Italy, and this cultural fusion is what gives Trapani cuisine its distinct flavour.

Visit traditional restaurants to try local specialities like steamed couscous with fish broth flavoured with tomatoes, garlic and saffron. Osteria La Bettolaccia, close to the cruise port, is renowned for this dish.

There are numerous beaches around Trapani, each with a different character. The beach of Bonagia is 20 minutes’ drive away. This small bay is encircled by craggy rocks, with beautifully clear seas for bathing in. Forty minutes away you’ll find the beach of Alcamo Marina, a two-mile stretch of golden sand and turquoise waters.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Trapani

Marella Cruises

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines


The best time to visit Trapani

Marsala Windmill

Given its proximity to Africa, Trapani gets hot during the summer months, with temperatures averaging in the mid-20s up to 30°C. Enjoy the cloudless skies and balmy evenings.

We also recommend taking a Trapani cruise in April. The weather is still warm, averaging around 15°C but rising to 19°C. Visit during Easter and you’ll get a chance to see the Easter Mysteries Procession, regarded as one of the most impressive in Italy.

Did you know?

  • Trapani is closer to the coast of Africa than mainland Italy
  • The nearby city of Marsala is famous for its sweet wine
  • Trapani is also famed for its red coral, which artisans sculpt into ornate jewellery