With HomeAway you can identify the villa in Trabia that fits your needs. This town is on Sicily’s stunning northern coast, close to unspoiled beaches of all varieties, backed by mountains and with 2,500 years of history to discover in the region. Trabia holiday homes enable visitors to revel in Sicily’s warm climate, offering spacious gardens and balconies, many of which benefit from gorgeous sea views. Barbecues are provided by many Trabia villas – there’s no better way to spend a warm summer evening than over an outdoor meal with loved ones.
-Beaches. The coastline next to Trapani is attractive, made up mostly of shingle beaches, with calm waters. Within a short drive are some fabulous sandy beaches too – you could head east to Cefalu, which is an elegant resort, well known for the quality of its coastline, or you could drive west to Lascari, Palermo and Mondello, all within half an hour.
-History. Just past Termini Imerese, a few minutes by road from Trabia, are the remnants of the ancient Greek city of Himera, featuring the ruins of the Doric Temple of Victory. If you head west you’ll come to handsome town of Bagheria, which is surrounded by lush greenery and is home to the early-18th Century Villa Bagheria, an important example of Sicilian Baroque famed for its many statues of monsters with human faces.
-Nature. Looming over the coastline in this part of northern Sicily is the Madonie mountain range, with six peaks that rise above 1,500 metres. Some of the range is protected by the Madonie Regional Park, and there are a variety of walks with interpretation boards to put the scenery into context. There’s also lots of human history here, with medieval villages, castles and churches to track down.
-Cuisine. Fresh seafood is a staple in the Palermo province, and among the best-loved local dishes are a variety of fish soups and broths. There’s a range of pasta dishes with tuna and sardines, while main-course fish dishes include hake and anchovies fired in breadcrumbs or tuna in a ragu sauce.
-Palermo. Sicily’s capital is within a half-hour drive and is well worth the trip to see its ancient Greek, Roman, Moorish, Norman and Spanish influences. Palermo Cathedral for instance is a medley of styles – it was founded by the Normans, but has Renaissance and baroque additions too. The Palazzo dei Normanni is the seat of Sicily’s regional government, and has Arab, Byzantine and Norman elements.
Sicily gets a warm Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry weather throughout the summer, and very mild winters. If you’re planning a beach holiday here you could arrive as early in the year as May. From there temperatures climb by the week to the mid-30s in July and August. Spring and autumn weather here is either mild or moderately warm, with April getting maximum temperatures in the high-teens. Winters are also mild – during the day in January temperatures usually reach 14 or 15 degrees.
You can travel to a holiday home in Trabia from Britain with a range of low-cost airlines via the nearby Falcone-Borsellino airport outside Palermo (PMO). The A19 autostrada runs along the northern coast of western Sicily, and the journey to Trabia usually takes just under half an hour. Trabia is also conveniently located on the Palermo-Messina railway line, which runs parallel to the coast here. You can also reach the area by ferry – Palermo has links with Naples, while the nearby port of Termini Imerese has regular ferries to and from Civitavecchia near Rome.