The Marausa Lido Resort and its Environs When you rent one of our holiday homes in Trapani’s Marausa Lido resort, or Egadi Islands we want you to get the best out of your holiday in the Trapani area. Below you will find a brief overview of the local area to whet your appetite. If you wish to find out more, follow the links to independent pages on WikiTravel and LidoMarausa.com. If you do choose to book holiday accommodation with us, we will provide you with exclusive local maps, suggested itineraries and tourist information to help you get to know the resort and Trapani area before your arrive. The Local Area Affordable villa rental in Trapani Contact us: info@puresicily.co.uk   +447980575998 Marausa Lido, Trapani Like most Sicilian resorts, Marausa Lido  came into being in the early 1970s. Originally the coast was characterised by sand-dunes, a large mansion house, and agricultural land. If you look hard enough, you can still see all of these in some form or other along the coast, alongside the bars, beaches and holiday villas. The resort is fairly small and mosty frequented by locals who move out here from Trapani and the surrounding villages for the summer. There are three beach areas - all of which benefit from the shallow waters of this wide archipelagio between Birgi and Trapani. There are two restaurants with bars that are open all year round (BeachBar and La Perla) in the resort, with two additional beach lido-bars open from June-September. The beaches are deliciously hot from May until October - but very quiet outside of July and August. For up-to-date information and details of all tourist activities in and around the resort, local history, shops, bars and restaurants; visit the official MarausaLido resort website. Marausa, Palma & Locogrande Porto San Francesco Two kilometres inland from the Lido resort lies the village of Marausa. It is here that you will be able to get your daily bread and groceries from the three supermarkets, 2 butchers, a greengrocers, a fishmongers, a bakery, post office, 2 ATMs & a bank, a pharmacy, tobacconists, 4 bars, 3 petrol stations, 2 pizzerias, a bike-hire shop and a church. There is also an olive oil and a wine-making establishment. The village sits alongside Strada Principale 21, otherwise known as Strada Enrico Rinaldo halfway between the airport and Trapani. Local buses and the airport coach run services to and from Marausa to the centre of Trapani all year round - check our travel page for details. Costumed celebrations take place here before Easter for ‘Carnevale’ and again in September when locals spend a week celebrating the ‘Festival of the Blue Fish’ by closing the roads and holding street parties. To the immediate north of Marausa, across a small valley, lies Palma. It’s home to a couple of bars, shops and pizzerias - but also the public piazza shared between it and Marausa. In summer months the local councils organise free to watch amateur dramatics, music, entertainment and sporting events in the evening. Similar free-to-attend spectacles take place in nearby Paceco, Erice and Trapani too during the summer months. Marausa is only 5km from Trapani airport and your arriving Ryanair flight. To the eastern end of Marausa lies the motorway junction connecting this small hamlet to the A29 Autostrada which will take you and your hire-car to the historic Segesta amphitheatre and temple in about 30 minutes, Palermo airport and cathedral city of Monreale in 60 minutes and Palemo city in 80 minutes. The main SP21 road will give you quick and easy access to Trapani (9km north), monte Erice and Valderice (10km northeast), San Vito and lo Zingaro nature reserve (35km northeast), Marsala (20km south), and the quiet country roads that meander down to the temples in Selinunte (80km southeast) (see our Trapani and Trapani Province pages). Locogrande sits 1km south and is home to the ‘Marausa’ railway station that connects every 30 minutes with Trapani and Marsala. Heading north at the old Torre di Mezzo lighthouse next to La Perla restaurant the tarmac turns becomes a dirt track and eventually ends at the ‘Porto San Francesco’ - the old fishing harbour of Marausa and Nubia. It’s a 20 minute walk from Villa Anna or a 5- 10 minute cycle. Before the resort existed hundreds of people still came here to fish, make salt and farm. The fleets of trawlers and fishermen stopped using the port in the 1970s and the salt pans are only partly used nowadays. But what’s left of the old salt windmills, harbour walls and pans can be explored on foot. If you like photography, come here at sunset to catch tranquil windmills, a few boats and solitary fishermen silhouetted against the Egadi Islands and setting sun. You might even catch fleeting images of couples who come here to have their wedding photos taken. For further information about local history, shops, bars and restaurants in Marausa, visit the LidoMarausa website Tritoni Beach, Marausa Lido 1967 Marausa Lido 1967 Tritoni Beach, Marausa Lido 2010 Marausa Lido 2010 Porto San F.sco Porto san F.sco Marausa from the air Marausa from the air We are not responsible for the content or services provided by external websites. Aerial View and Map of Marausa Lido, Trapani Click to enlarge the aerial view and map of the resort! Map of the Lido Marausa beach resort in Trapani Aerial view of Lido Marausa beach resort in Trapani © 2011 Copyright LidoMarausa.com  Used under licence. As you arrive in Marausa Lido, you are greeted by the 500-year-old ‘Torre di Mezzo’ lighthouse - originally a watchtower to warn of Turkish invaders it is one of three local towers (the middle one - hence the name) on the Trapani coastline. There are 149 similar towers around the coast of Sicily, and this one became operational in 1611 and was originally named ‘St. Stephens Tower of Alca Grossa’ on account of the tall dunes of seaweed that habitually forme along the coast and gave the area one of its historic names. The tower is in disrepair, but it is very photogenic! Be sure to check out the WikiTravel  page on Marausa for more details about the Tower, the old Mansion, the sunken Roman ship just off the coast and other local history. In summer there are occasional performances of music, drama and dancing in the small square near the Torre. Details of upcoming events can be found on the events page at the  lidomarausa.com website. Boats can be hired from the local Marina, and you can take yoga or sailing and windsurfing lessons with local companies on the beach. Although the resort can be explored on foot, we can provide 3-4 bicycles for smaller groups and families. Larger groups will have to arrange bike hire which we can assist with. Local buses serve the resort from June to September. Don’t forget to check our travel page for details. Approximate distances between our holiday rental homes and the restaurants and beaches are detailed on the respective page for each property - but all are within 10-350 metres of a local beach and walking distance of the eateries. Villa Anna, for example is a 5 minute walk from the Beach Restaurant and the nearest beach - and 10-15 mins walk from the furthest beach. Check out our cuisine and beaches pages.
BeachBar Restaurant, Marausa Lido BeachBar Restaurant Torre di Mezzo, Marausa Lido 2010 Torre di Mezzo 2010