The Gulf of Bonagia and its surroundings, in the heart of western Sicily

The Tamarea Residence overlooks the sea, in the Gulf of Bonagia, offering breathtaking views and allowing you to quickly reach all the main tourist destinations of western Sicily.

Bonagia is a small village on the coast between Trapani and San Vito Lo Capo was born around the tuna fishing, the ancient tonnara is the “Museum of seafaring activity”. From Bonagia you can discover all the West Sicily, in fact not far from us you can find San Vito Lo Capo, The Natural Reserve of Zingaro and the village of Scopello. To the West side you can reach Trapani in about 10 minutes.

The name of Bonagia has an Arab connotation: in the past “Bon Agia” meant good shelter. It it famous for one of the most ancient tonnara in Europe, we have notice of the tonnara since 1266 a.d. The tonnara is composed by a typical “baglio” with a huge central court where there was a sighting tower of the XI century. Inside, you can find also a small church that preserve the image of “Santissimo Crocifisso”.

We are in the northern coast of West Sicily on the Tyrrhenian sea, here you can find a lot of touristic tours such as:  

  • Trapani 10 minutes
  • Erice 20 minutes
  • Egadi Islands 30 minutes from Trapani port
  • Natural Reserve of Monte Cofano 10 minutes (even walking or cycling)
  • Baia Santa Margherita 25 minutes
  • San Vito Lo Capo 35 minutes
  • Natural Reserve of Zingaro 45 minutes
  • Scopello 40 minutes
  • Reserve of Saline di Trapani 20 minutes
  • Mothia 25 minutes
  • Marsala and the way of wine 45 minutes
  • Archaeological park of Segesta 30 minutes

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Going to the West you can reach Trapani in 10 minutes. The ancient “Drepanum” offers an amazing Old Town where you can find a lot of old building, the old wall of the city and sighting towers. The town is famous all over the world for the red coral and for the tuna fishing. Today Trapani is a point of interest for cooklovers, thanks to its rich food and wine heritage. We suggest to plan a late afternoon visit to discover the Old Town and the culinary art in one of the typical restaurant.

You can reach Erice mountain by cableway, you can leave your car at the departure parking. Erice is famous all over the world for its fantastic medieval suburb, exciting landscapes, the typical sweet “Genovese”, the ceramic production and The Scientific Research Center “Ettore Maiorana”. You can buy the Erice card to visit all the monuments and the museums, even the Castle of Venere and the famous Cathedral.

From Trapani it is really easy (fast and cheap) to reach the Egadi. Once you will be at the port, you can take the ferries to the islands or you can choose to spend a day in a minicruise.

To the east side you can find the Natural Reserve of Monte Cofano and the suburb of Custonaci that offer different kind of experiences for the trekkinglovers. On the coast you can find a lot beaches such as Rio Forgia and Cornino. You can discover the Natural Reserve of Monte Cofano even walking in fantastic itineraries. In Custonaci you can discover a small and fantastic Old Town with th Sanctuary of Maria Santissima di Custonaci.

After Custonaci, you will find the area of San Vito Lo Capo with Castelluzzo, Makari and Baia Santa Margherita. A touristic destination that everybody loves, even for the small train “Ercolino”: it allows you to reaches the beaches of the gulf from the 2 big parkings for free. At the end you will reache San Vito Lo Capo and its wonderful sandy beach and its caraibic sea. There you can swim under the sicilian sun, with some greedy pause (couscous and the “hot/cold” ice cream, typical sicilian dishes).

On the coast of Castellammare del Golfo, the Natural Reserve of Zingaro and Scopello are 2 touristic destinations that you can not miss, especially in spring and in autumn, when the temperature is lower than summer. The Natural Reserve of Zingaro dont needs introductions. It is the first Natural Reserve in Sicily and it extends for 7km and almost 1700 hectares of uncontaminated land. The village of Scopello with its Tonnara on the Faraglioni is one of the most popular touristic location in Sicily, so it well worth a visit.

Outdated Trapani and going to Marsala, the Salt Pans and the windmills are the real protagonists of the landscape. Here you can find the famous piles of salt on the route. It is very likely to see the amazing Flamingos from the street. Going on to Marsala, you will reach another important Natural Reserve that hosts the Museum Saline Ettore Infersa, the famous Windmill of Stagnone, the old island of Mothia and the wild Isola Lunga. We suggest to spend a whole day to discover these magnific places.

Town rich of history, charm and famous all over the world for the wine. It is also related with the events about the birth of Italy, here it happened “Lo sbarco dei Mille”. We suggest a complete visit in Marsala starting with the archaelogical museums to the cellars Cantina Florio e la Cantina Fina.

From our Residence you can reach the 2 most important archaelogical park of West Sicily: Segesta and Selinunte. The first one is famous all over the world for the beauty of its theater and its Greek Temple, the best preserved in the world. If you decide to visit Segesta can also take advantage of the vicinity of some very suggestive historic villages, such as Salemi and Calalatafimi. The archaelogical park of Selinunte and of Cave di Cusa is the biggest Grrek park in the world, characterized by breathtaking scenery and landscapes. Those who wish to visit the park of Selinunte can also easily reach Castelvetrano (the Church of San Domenico, considered the Sicilian Sisitna Chapel is worth a visit) and Mazara del Vallo, where it is possible to see the statue of the famous dancing Satyr.

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