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Secrets of Sicily Walking

Secrets of Sicily Walking

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Mrs Kelsey says...
Fantastic views. Marittemo an island paradise! Organisation excellent
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Secrets of Sicily Walking

  • Interest-packed routes through majestic coastal and mountain scenery
  • Mediaeval churches, ancient villages, prehistoric caves, 2,500-year-old temple at Segesta
  • Turquoise seas, coral-lined grottos, unspoilt sandy beaches
  • Exotic, Mediterranean flora: orange groves, dwarf palms and olive trees
  • Masses of bird-spotting opportunities: eagles, kites, falcons and kestrels
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1625 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Selected Saturdays from 31 Mar '18 to 20 Oct '18
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Return ferry to Marettimo

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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email info@breakaway-adventures.com

This seven-night self-guided walking holiday uncovers the secrets of Sicily's western coast and favourite off-shore islands. Historically the poorest and most remote area of Sicily, the region maintains its purity; you'll feel as though you're the first to discover its clear sapphire waters, hidden sandy coves and unexplored islands. This is certainly the place to visit if you want peace and tranquillity and to escape from it all; there are hardly any roads on Marettimo.

You'll start your holiday on Sicily's north western coastline in the Moorish village of Scopello, lying adjacent to one of Italy's most pristine coastal nature reserves, the Riserva dello Zingaro. It's an undulating mix of orange groves, twisted olive trees, swaying vines and hidden bays lapped by azure seas. You then move on by private transfer/ferry to Marettimo, the most mountainous of the three Egadi Islands just off the western coast. This is a walker's paradise and you'll discover cliff paths winding through Spanish broom and purple cistus to Saracen fortresses, Roman villas and coral-lined sea grottos. Boat trips to neighbouring islands are easily arranged. For your final two days, you return to the mainland at San Vito Lo Capo. Highlights here include exploring the Mediaeval hilltop town of Erice and hiking on Monte Cofano - enjoy stunning coastal vistas as far as Palermo.

All your hotels are special in their own contrasting ways. In Scopello you stay at Camillo's baglio style hotel, panoramically set in the heart of the village, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea; on Marettimo, your host, Fausto, meets you at the jetty with a luggage trolley (there are no roads) and takes you to his charming seafront residence (with pool and jacuzzi) just by the harbour; near San Vito you stay at Daniela's cosy five bedroom B&B hotel and enjoy great sea views from the luxuriant Mediterranean garden.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

This holiday follows mainly stony coastal paths, with frequent small ascents and descents. There's a good choice of walks at different levels on Marettimo, however, walking boots are essential throughout.

Day 1 Arrive in Scopello

Arrive at your hotel in Scopello where we brief you on your walking week before dinner. You spend two nights here. (Staying at Baglio di Scopello, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Zingaro Nature Reserve 13km/8mi/3.5hr or 21km/13.5mi/6hr

On your first day you can walk as much or as little as you like. Wind your way up through asphodel, wild fennel, dwarf palm, pomegranate and citrus trees to amazing viewpoints overlooking the stunning coastline of tiny sandy coves lapped by sapphire waters. (Staying at Baglio di Scopello, Half Board)

Day 3 Segesta, Trapani and on to Marettimo

Take a private transfer (30 mins) to the 2,500-year-old temple of Segesta and the marvellously preserved theatre. After lunch in Trapani to taste the famous granita - lemon, almond or even coffee flavoured - you catch the ferry (1 hour) to Marettimo, where you will stay for the next three nights, and arrive in time for a swim or short walk before your first dinner in the old village. (Staying at Marettimo Residence, Breakfast only)

Day 4 Punta Libeccio Lighthouse Walk 14km/9mi/4.5hr

A path through pine woods and across citrus-carpeted hillsides takes you from the east to the south west coast, with striking views from high above the village. There's complete peace and quiet as you picnic by the lighthouse - look out for red kites and Bonelli's eagles cruising the thermals - and gaze down at the sparkling waters and the Egadi Islands shimmering in the distance. (Staying at Marettimo Residence, Breakfast only)

Day 5 Levanzo 7km/4.5mi/3.5hr

It's a short crossing to Levanzo where a coastal path, bright with lilac scabious, leads past deserted stone farm houses and olive trees to the Grotta del Genovese - admire the marvellously well preserved 11BC cave paintings and engravings lining the cavern walls. The bay here is a good picnic spot. There's time too for a dip in the pool or jacuzzi before your final evening meal in Marettimo. (Staying at Marettimo Residence, Breakfast only)

Day 6 Mediaeval Erice and on to San Vito Lo Capo

Today you return to the mainland and visit the hilltop town of Erice. Its smooth, winding marble streets reveal mediaeval churches, old city gates, ancient squares and a stunning Norman castle set against a backdrop of the entire north western shoreline. A private transfer takes you to Daniela's charming little B&B near San Vito Lo Capo where you spend your final two nights. (Staying at Baglio la Luna, Half Board)

Day 7 Monte Cofano 10km/6.5mi/3.5hr

A scenic lift to the foot of Monte Cofano is followed by a gentle ascent through twisted olive trees with breathtaking views over the Bay of Bonagia. Descending, you reach an old tonnara (tuna factory) where nearby coves with sapphire waters are perfect for a dip. Then a cliff path fringed with red valerian and field gladioli leads into the village of Cornino for a late lunch before we meet you and take you back to your hotel. (Staying at Baglio la Luna, Half Board)

Day 8 Leave San Vito Lo Capo

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Baglio di Scopello, Scopello

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The Baglio di Scopello - along with its sister hotel, the Baglio dello Zingaro - is located on a downhill path that leads from the 'rock' that overlooks Scopello to the centre of the village. It has been prettily painted with blue detail and features marble design, wrought iron features and locally crafted furniture. The ensuite rooms are bright, spacious and well appointed. It also benefits from a bright, modern sitting area and bar - perfect for a pre-dinner drink.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe room with balcony Superior room with balcony and sea view
31/03/2018 - 31/10/2018 £8 £14

All prices shown above are valid from 06/12/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 people sharing a double room. Superior rooms have balcony and sea view. Deluxe rooms have a balcony (no view).

Dates Double Room Single Room
31/03/2018 - 31/10/2018 £63 £78

All prices shown above are valid from 06/12/2017. Prices are per person per night, staying on a B&B basis. Please add �26.00 per person per night if customers would prefer half board basis.

Marettimo Residence, Isola di Marettimo

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The Marettimo Residence is a cluster of whitewashed apartments, overlooking the port in the only residential area of Marettimo island. The accommodation is separated into apartments, which are located on two levels. We have selected the bilocale apartments which feature a living area with kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

The decor is modern and bright, with slate floors, pine furniture, white walls and colourful textiles. Most apartments have a balcony or terrace.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Junior Suite Suite
31/03/2018 - 31/10/2018 £14 £17

All prices shown above are valid from 18/11/2017. The standard rooms at this hotel are mini apartments. Junior suite - the same size as a standard mini apartment but with a large terrace and sea view. Suite - the same size as a standard mini apartment but with a very large sea facing terrace.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Baglio La Luna, San Vito lo Capo

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Baglio La Luna - meaning 'the moon' - lies in a marvellous cliff top position on the edge of the Zingaro Nature reserve on the road to San Vito Lo Capo.

A converted private house, the 5 rooms are all decorated in their own individual style; there is also a charming sitting area as well as a large sun terrace where guests can relax and enjoy the stunning sea views.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Sea View Room Sea View Room with Terrace
31/03/2018 - 31/10/2018 £11 £22

All prices shown above are valid from 25/10/2017. Prices are per person per night based on two people sharing.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo

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Located just a stone's throw from one of Palermo's main streets - the Via Vittorio Emanuele that runs through the heart of the historical centre - the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa is a stunning conversion of 2 historic buildings. The origins of the hotel date back to the 16C convent of the Mercedarian Monks; the hotel's picturesque cloister dates back to this era.

In the early 1800s, the monks joined the convent with the Briuccia family's neighbouring palazzo. However, by the 1860s, the monks had left Palermo and the building was used as the Sicilian stock exchange - in fact the former trading floor is now the hotel's Kemonia restaurant.

Today, the Piazza Borsa is a comfortable 4-star hotel, fully equipped for the needs of the 21C traveller, with a gym and spa (including jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath and massage rooms), bar and elegant restaurant.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Executive Room Executive Single Room Deluxe Room Deluxe Single Room
31/03/2018 - 31/10/2018 £98 £139 £120 £165

All prices shown above are valid from 25/10/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast.


Transfers included from Palermo airport at 20:25, and back to Palermo airport at 17:00. To tie in the with the below flights: Easyjet Gatwick to Palermo 16:30/20:25 and return Easyjet Palermo to Gatwick 21:00/23:00

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.


Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Mrs Kelsey, 18/10/2017

Fantastic views. Marittemo an island paradise! Organisation excellent

Mrs Cerny, 18/10/2017

We have only explored a small corner of Sicily, but were completely bowled over by the scenery. The walks were varied, although be aware that many are stony and require care when descending, but definitely worth it for the views! It was good to have the experience of staying on the mainland and on Marretimo. I would highly recommend the optional trip to Levanzo. .We visited the grotto, which was fascinating and walked back along the coastal path which had some fabulous views. The food was delicious - if you like seafood! Our driver Nikola was incredibly helpful and informative. he even arranged for us to have a day in Castellamare, as our flight was not leaving till late that evening.

Mr Haberman, 17/10/2017

Beautiful countryside and views and challenging walks. Also a great opportunity to visit the historical sites at Segesta, Erice and Levanzo

Mrs Walker, 17/10/2017

A great way to experience Sicily and its individuality. The scenery on the walks was breathtaking and we enjoyed the opportunity to visit the caves on Levanzo and see Segesta and Erice.

Mrs Carruthers, 28/09/2017

Well planned and important detail given. friendly and helpful advice both here and in Sicily. Need shoes to wear in most coves for swimming. Reserve closed when Sirocco wind is blowing in case of further forest fires.

Voucher for evening meal much appreciated. Great mediterranean food and local wine.

Mr Jones, 31/05/2017

A very well thought out itinerary, with great walking in National Parks and on a peaceful Island. The hotels were lovely and the staff helpful. Transport between the hotels and to the start of our walks as well as for sightseeing all worked like clockwork.

Mrs Chua, 29/05/2017

This was a beautifully organised and well balanced holiday. Plenty of variety and choice, especially the walks. The weather in that first week in May was perfect for walking, warm and sunny with a cooling sea breeze. The highlight for us was the walk in the Zingaro National Park where we saw eight different wild orchids. And the little square in Scopello was so nice to sit in with a beer and watch the world go by.

Marettimo was delightful. We loved our accommodation which had a terrace overlooking the olive trees and gardens and got the evening sun. The little town was interesting, the restaurants were varied and the fish delicious.

By the time we got to the Baglio la Lune, our last stop, we were totally relaxed and happy to gaze at the setting sun in the evening after our supper on the terrace.

.Although each place we stayed was very different, they were quite close geographically, which helped us to orientate ourselves and kept travelling to a minimum. Our driver was utterly charming, always reassuringly early and very helpful. Thank you Headwater.

Mrs Pursey, 17/05/2017

Stayed in some delightful places, especially Baglio La Luna where the location was magnificent, views, relaxing areas and we were so well looked after. Changes in arrangement occasioned by bad weather were efficiently and effectively carried out. All arrangements for meeting and dropping us off worked well, pleasantly and without fuss.

Mr Goscomb, 17/05/2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the Secrets of Sicily Walking holiday in early May 2017 which certainly reached all our expectations. The hotels we stayed at were all very well chosen and we particularly enjoyed the Marettimo Residence and the Baglio Luna at San Vito lo Capo which was fantastic. All the arrangements went well and the walks we did were lovely and easy to follow using the excellent detailed notes provided. We saw so many lovely wild flowers and birds and the views were wonderful. Overall we would have no hesitation recommending Headwater walking holidays and we are looking forward to choosing another of their walking holidays next year.

Mrs Timbrell, 04/11/2016

Accommodation varied.... food in restaurant in Scopello great. Food at La Luna great.

As was very end of the season nothing was open on Marretimo. There were 2 restaurants which only sold fish so not much choice.

Walks were fantastic. Apartment basic but functional...good breakfasts.

The 2 taxi drivers were first rate, very good English, helpful and informative.

Mrs Garnett, 01/11/2016

A good week in the north-west corner of Sicily. The holiday cleverly combined walking (and swimming) in the Zingaro nature reserve and on the island of Marettimo with visits to the archaeological site at Segesta and the hill-top town of Erice. Transfers for our group of six were provided by our helpful and informative taxi driver, who made sure that we enjoyed our visit to the area.

Mr Chesters, 01/11/2016

Fantastic holiday. Walking and talking with friends in spectacular scenery is a truly great experience. The whole trip was seamlessly organised and and executed by Nicola and his local team.

Mr Tobbell, 01/11/2016

Very good indeed and very well organised but as we're we're the last week of the season many restaurants and bars were shut particularly on marritimo- I think we should have been told about this. Other than that an excellent holiday.

Mr Higginson, 26/10/2016

Great to see a less explored side of Sicily.

Mrs Ruthen, 25/10/2016

Nothing to worry about, great accommodation in wonderful locations,excellent walks

Dr Garwood, 18/10/2016

Very enjoyable holiday in a lovely part of Sicily. Perhaps we should have gone in April/May rather than October to see the wild flowers particularly the orchids on Marettimo. Several days were rather hot for the walking! Not such a variety of bird life as expected but there were a very large numberof robins on Mareettimo - not sure why! Good hotels and, in particular, Daniela was very welcoming and looked after us well, with good food, at the Baglio La Luna. Flights via Rome meant leaving at 3am on the way out and 4am on the way back. Good service from the local reps and Niccolo was a very careful and attentive driver who gave us good advice and made sure we had the right instructions and departure gate for the hydrofoil to Marettimo.

Mr Peat, 14/10/2016

Good value for money. Lovely walking. Beautiful island.

Mr Long, 16/09/2016

Overall an excellent holiday with good accommodation and choice of walking routes

Mrs Randall, 01/06/2016

Overall very good - excellent walks with very often a choice to extend or reduce length/difficulty. We found most of the walks easier than we expected but maybe that is our own walking experience here in the UK (Dartmoor)

Accommodation good although the beds were cold and seemed damp at our last stop - maybe a problem with being at the beginning of the season while temperatures were still low.

Out taxi driver was excellent, courteous, helpful and always on time.

Mrs Maddison, 28/05/2016

we were disappointed, Some of the walking was below expectations, there seemed to be a lack of continuity and some of the food left much to be desired. The catalogue entry was a bit ambiguous.

Ms Lewis, 24/05/2016

A really interesting week in beautiful locations. On the walks we enjoyed the wonderful wildflowers, birds and butterflies and beautiful coastal views. We much appreciated the visits that had been arranged to Segesta and Erice - full of interest. Nicola, our taxi driver, was really excellent - friendly, offering information and always on time and very well organised. The walking was great, well off the beaten track but on reasonable footpaths - all in all, a very good week.

Mrs Dean, 29/04/2016

An excellent holiday if you are interested in spring flowers and migrant birds. The island of Marettimo was the highlight as was the stay in the tranquil and delightful Baglio La Luna. Our Taxi driver was particularly helpful,flexible, informative and friendly, and always came on time. The flight times could have been better - we had a 4 hour wait in Rome. However I think this could not be avoided. Our highlight was 3 new orchids we had not come across before. All the walks took us much longer than the notes indicated as we spent so much time looking at the amazing flora or this lovely island.

Mrs Smith, 21/04/2016

If you go to Sicily with Headwater

You will find they have done all they oughter

You can swim, you can walk

You can eat or just talk

Your holiday will be just what you boughter.

Mrs Griffiths-Pear, 20/10/2015

A good holiday with great scenery and enjoyable walks. A notable absence of birds in the Zingaro Nature Reserve (October) but the vegetation was still very green, despite the heat .

Mr Sanderson, 14/10/2015

Most enjoyable holiday which was well organised. Hotels were just right for our requirements. Our minibus driver Nicola was superb - always on time and nothing was too much trouble.

Temperatures up to 39 degrees were a bit of a shock in mid September which meant some of the walks were very testing when there was a lack of shade.

Mr Clark, 07/10/2015

We greatly enjoyed our holiday and got to experience a wonderful part of Sicily, including the beautiful Marettimo Island. The only problem we encountered was that for the first 4 days there was a strong Sirocco wind which meant that the Zingaro reserve was closed, so that we couldn't do the suggested walk on our first day. It would have been nice to have had an alternative offered to us either by your local agent or the hotel. We were also worried what would happen if the ferry back from Marettimo was cancelled (we weren't given any info on this, yet it seems to be a common occurrence) - but in the event this wasn't needed.

Mr Fisher, 20/09/2015

You enabled us to visit a part of Sicily we could not have done on our own. The area was beautiful, the walks good and we enjoyed the company of fellow travellers. Thank you

Mr Shaw, 18/06/2015

This was our first visit to Sicily and we thought the Secrets of Sicily programme gave a fantastic introduction to the relatively unknown northwest of the island. We very much appreciated the inclusion of visits to Segesta and Erice en route to our second and third destinations.The great highlight was the walk, on the final full day, around Monte Cofano.

Mis Monteith, 25/05/2015

Very enjoyable introduction to North West Sicily and the Egadi islands. Each location was full of character and accommodation was attractive and comfortable. Particularly enjoyed accommodation near San Vito where owner Daniela is a charming and very welcoming host and gave us a great introduction to Sicilian food. Beautiful views on the walks, especially in Zingaro nature reserve and on Marettimo. High temperature and very strong wind made walk around Monte Cofano a bit of an endurance walk at the end. However, lemon granitas in café at the pick up point and paddle in sea helped recovery.

Mr Burton, 19/05/2015

Be aware of possible High wind disruption on Island

Mrs Lay, 19/04/2015

The weather was unusually cold and very windy, and there was no heating in the Marettimo Residence, but a heater was supplied at Baglio la Luna. Even so, we sat in bed in the evenings in our fleeces to keep warm, playing scrabble.

After the final walk,which took less time than expected, no facilities were open in the village of Cornino (not even the public conveniences). When he arrived, our lovely taxi driver Nicola drove us straight to San Vito Lo Capo so we could find a coffee and a desperately-needed loo. Full marks to Nicola for help and service throughout the trip; he even carried our bags up to the 2nd floor B&B in Trapani. (The amazing emergency B&B was like being on a set in an episode of Inspector Montalbano - a surprise addition to the holiday.)

The walks were enjoyable, but some of the paths on Marettimo and at Monte Cofano had been eroded by water over the winter and consisted mainly of loose fallen rocks of random sizes. Sticks are very much needed, especially for descents.

There are many dogs wandering around in this area of Sicily; we were not attacked at all, and one followed us all day on our walk to the Semaforo. We could only reward him with a drink of water, poured into a plastic carrier bag, in a hole in the ground at the picnic site. However, the dogs leave poo everywhere, so you need to watch your step!

Headwater response:
Dear Mrs Lay,
Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire and for your constructive feedback. Please be assured that all of the feedback we receive, whether complimentary or critical, is valuable in helping us to continue to improve and develop our holidays for the future and is always well received.
Firstly, I was sorry to see the weather was unseasonable cooler than you had expected, although, despite the colder temperatures, we were happy to see this did not deter you from making the most of your holiday overall.
We were also pleased to see you found the walks enjoyable, and would like to thank you for your feedback regarding the winter erosion on a couple of the paths, this feedback has been passed on to our local agent, they are in the process of checking all of the routes, so will make this area a priority. We have also passed on your complimentary feedback regarding Nicola, our agent will ensure this is passed on, I am sure Nicola will be delighted to hear you appreciated his efforts.
Thank you also for your feedback regarding the local dogs. Whilst we appreciate, they did not cause you any bother, it would be useful to ascertain which area this occurred in, so we can report it to the local comune. (I will telephone you directly for this information).
In closing, we would like to thank you for choosing Headwater and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Yours sincerely,
Headwater Customer Service team

Mrs Clark, 30/09/2014

Headwater holidays are ones where you can count on the arrangements made and simply enjoy the holiday you have chosen to take.

Dr Mason, 30/09/2014

The holiday was very enjoyable, the location was great, but the walks were challenging in the heat, even in September. The local food was delicious.

Mr Kitchen, 26/09/2014

Thoroughly enjoyable - just as we expected - save only for the above average temperatures (35C +). I'm sure it would be a lot more comfortable in the Spring!

Mrs Buckham, 16/09/2014

Beautiful area of Sicily, which took us by surprise. It is very hot though as there's little shade on the walks so a slightly later departure in the year may have been better for us. A good variety of walks available though so when it was at its hottest we just did slightly less strenuous ones.. Also the walking ability of our group of 6 was mixed so we could split up at times but all enjoy a walk then meet for dinner together which worked well.. The sightseeing trips were well chosen and really interesting.

Mr Cross, 07/06/2014

Good first experience with friends who have been with you before.

Ms Swinburne, 29/05/2014

Secrets o Sicily was probably one of the best holidays ever. The walking was great, the routes good, the accommodation (with one exception) excellent with good food. Everything you could want for comfort and enjoyment, but not at all fussy. Domenica at Baglio La Luna was great in letting us keep the room for the whole day before we flew back in the evening, and in offering us food in a location where there is nothing else. The help given in choosing appropriate accommodation for our two extra (lazy) days before we started the walking holiday was much appreciated. Thank you.

Mrs Arlett, 06/05/2014

This was a very enjoyable holiday. The walks, locations, itinerary and choice of hotels were all well thought out. We enjoyed the variety of walks and the wild flowers were stunning. Spotting a Bonelli Eagle was one of the highlights. Our local reps looked after us well, leaving us to be independent but stepping in when required - for example, sorting out a hotel in Trapani when our boat trip to Marettimo was delayed due to high winds. We found some of the walks quite tough but rewarding. The hotels were varied and our favourite was the self catering on Marettimo.

Mr Ainger, 06/05/2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The walking mix was good, and flowers, birds, sea and sun were a great combination. Marettimo was special.

Mrs Organ, 16/04/2014

The overall holiday was very enjoyable, well planned with a good mix of site seeing and excellent walking in a little known but beautiful part of Sicily, all local

Agents were on time and efficient, Carlos in particular was well informed and helpful, others were less so.. We opted to pay extra to have some time sight seeing in Palermo on the last day. This caused quite a lot of arranging and could have been offered to us before we went, The last hotel was not good. The food was very poor, bit like school dinners and as it was in such an isolated location it was not possible to walk to any where else as another choice to eat, it was a long distance from the planned walks in the reserve so it entailed long taxi rides to and for , which seemed pointless and made the whole thing rather regulated rather than the freedom offered at the other hotels and locations. In addition I had been persuaded to pay 60 Euro extra by the U.K. Booking agent from Headwater for a room with a sea view and little patio when in fact all it was was an ordinary room with rather a small window which did look over the sea, a rip off.

Mrs Dolan, 21/10/2013

Holiday was around three centres and we didn't walk between them. Taxi transfers ere very reliable and efficient. Our taxi driver Daniella, was keen to practice his English. Our three night on Marettimo where we ate in Il Veliero where the anto pasto was marvellous. We got a really great welcome at La Luna and we were lucky to be able to stay in our room until late on the last day when we were flying home late so we could have a shower after a day on the beach at San Vito Lo Capo. We enjoyed the visits to Segesta and Enrice. It was a really good mox of walking and seeing a few of the sights.

Mr Williams, 01/10/2013

An excellent holiday in an outstanding area. Local history combined with fantastic scenery, and walks. Some of the walks were at the upper end of the grading - made worse by unusually high temperatures. The organisation of the transfers and visits to historic sites was first rate.

Mr Williams, 29/05/2013

Good variety of walking and interest on the transfer days. Traveled in late May which seemingly is low season in Sicily consequently some of the restaurants on Marettimo were closed leaving a very limited choice, however the accommodation has a good kitchenette giving the option to self cater for 1 or 2 nights. Marettimo was very windy the days we were there making the coastal path to the Castello challenging, you certainly need a head for heights in windy conditions.

Mrs Bainton, 14/05/2013

A wonderful opportunity to get to know this corner of Sicily. We would never have found these nature reserves ourselves. The wild flowers were a spectacle, and the local cuisine excellent.

Mrs Blake, 14/05/2013

Loved Western Sicily, looking extra beautiful covered in spring flowers. And how well we ate!

Independent walking with the confident backup of Crilu's expertise. Seeing those parts of a place not normally on the tourist routes and enjoying beautiful scenery and interesting locations away from the masses.

Mr Scharer, 24/04/2013

Well thought out and stress -free holiday but not cheap.

Mr Buttanshaw, 03/11/2012

Stunning scenery particularly from the top of the island of Marritimo (Pizzo Falconi)which was a good climb! A pity the Zingara Reserve was closed due to a fire since early August, which knocked out the whole first day's walking; a much inferior road walk was suggested instead. We feel we should have been advised of this by Headwater when booking.

We were on the last trip of the season and we had the feeling everything was winding down. Service was a bit hit and miss in places. The extra day in Palermo was probably not a good idea as there's not much to do compared to other Italian cities.

Still, another memorable Headwater holiday as we have come to expect.

Mrs Gooder, 06/10/2012

Beautiful scenery, lovely walks, but very basic accommodation. Neither the brochure not the notes make it clear that some of the walks are across exceptionally steep hillsides and not for the faint-hearted

Mrs Ames, 29/09/2012

We really enjoyed our secrets of Sicily holiday. The walks were exactly as described and quite varied. We liked the combination of sightseeing, swimming and walking. Altogether a very well organised holiday and we hope to return to Sicily.

Mrs Whensley, 24/09/2012

There was one major issue regarding the first place at Scopello. We were unable to walk due to a fire in the reserve. Firstly we should have been told about this before the start of the holiday as it had happened a month previously and the local rep thought we could walk in it a little way. In fact people had been turned away at the reseve and you would expect the rep to know. Alos there should have been a typed sheet to indicate the alternatives. In fact we hired a car to sightsee and that alternative was not mentioned. It was generally poor and the food was almost uneatable. I could not eat breakfast as cake may be what the Italians eat but I do not. I did ask for some meat and that was produced on the second day but it was not acceptable..

Also the walks were generally on the verge of being boring but we found our own on Maretimmo becuase we had bought a walking book in UK.In summary the holiday was OK but only just accpetable for the money.

Mr Dobinson, 30/06/2012

Simply our best ever holiday abroad - what more can we say?

Mr Turner, 23/06/2012

Very good. great to have walk options and great to have some sightseeing opportunities, made for an interesting and varied holiday

Ms Findlay, 25/05/2012

A well organise, enjoyable walking holiday in a fantastic region

Ms Pitt, 05/05/2012

Very enjoyable. Wonderful scenery and good walking. It was excellent having reliable pickups to take us from one location to another.

Mrs Thomas, 05/05/2012

Great walking in dramatic locations and scenery; wonderful spring flowers; overall a very enjoyable week

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Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Selected Saturdays from 31st Mar 2018 to 20th Oct 2018, for 7 nights.

All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included

Other details
Entrance fees to Segesta (Monday) and ferry to Levanzo plus admission to the caves (Wednesday) not included. Allow 60 Euro. Zingaro Nature Reserve payable locally allow 5€ per person for entry fees + there are kiosks selling postcards & souvenirs etc.{BREAK} Airport and luggage transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

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Transfers included from Palermo airport at 20:25, and back to Palermo airport at 17:00. To tie in the with the below flights: Easyjet Gatwick to Palermo 16:30/20:25 and return Easyjet Palermo to Gatwick 21:00/23:00

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