I trekked to Erice like everyone else and I was underwhelmed. Yes the views are spectacular but this is a total tourist trap. The funivia was closed due to high winds and we took a rather expensive cab ride to the summit (30 Euros). I stopped by the information booth near the bus parking lot and picked up a map and given the standard itinerary. the woman casually mentioned there was a traditional crafts show and market (third Saturday of the month) in the Spanish Quarter. We walked around the town with thousands of other tourists for 30 minutes and feeling turned off by the endless souvenir shops and tourist filled cafes we thought we'd try our luck with the Spanish Quarter. The rather long road out of town turns to gravel and the destination looks completely unpromising even up close. Upon arrival however everything changed. We went through the exposition of local crafts which might have been dull but for the guide who was so enthusiastic and showed us everything with humor and delight. Beautiful Sicilian cart, handmade sail for the 'boat in the mountains'. Then we went to the cafeteria where we had a very surprising and delicious three course fish tasting menu including tuna salami (!?!). I was totally impressed at these wonderful, charming people and the delicious food. It was such a friendly, local experience after the tourist dense Erice.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.