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"The Salt Road Marsala - Trapani" Top 5 Page for this destination Sicilia Things to Do Tip by mircaskirca

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The coast from Marsala to Trapani is characterized by one of the landscapes most unusual to Sicily: the salt pans. Large mirrors of salt water form an irregular and multicoloured flats, where for centuries the precious substance has been produced. In the late 19th century there were over forty salt flats in operation and the salt produced was exported to every corner of Europe. The route is called la Via del Sale (the Salt Road) and is remarkable for its numerous windmills which once served to drain water from the basins and grind the salt. A panorama that has to be enjoyed, preferably at sunset, when everything becomes tinged with red.

This area is part of two natural reserves, the Saline di Trapani e Paceco and the Stagnone di Marsala with an overall area of over 800 ha. In the shallow and warm waters it's easy to sight a great variety of water birds, such as wild ducks, storks, herons and flamingos. In spring a multitude of glowing flowers decorate the surfacing land.

On the outskirts of Trapani, where the houses blend into the water and the road into a sea of salt, there is the country area of Nubia. An ancient windmill, now restored, houses the Museo del Sale (the Salt Museum). Here are illustrated the various phases of the working of the salt, and some of the equipment used for extracting and gathering the salt. Fortunatelly the windmills have not disappeared. On the contrary. They serve to make us dream. To remind us of the ancient riches offered by the sea.

Directions: the coast from Trapani to Marsala: west of Sicily

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  • Updated Jul 20, 2008
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