If you are going to western Sicily to explore Agrigento and Segesta, consider staying overnight in one of the hotels in Erice and exploring the town.
Towering over the west of Sicily at 751m above sea level and often covered in its own personal cloud, Erice is a wonderfully preserved mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Amongst the most visited sites are the two castles, Pepoli Castle and Venus Castle. The former was built by the Arabs while the latter was a Norman construction with imposing towers that derived its name from the fact that it was built on the site of the ancient Temple of Venus, allegedly founded by Aeneas. Other attractions include the sixty churches including the Gothic Chiesa Madre and the Mediaeval Church of Saint John the Baptist. The maze of cobbled mediaeval streets are a pleasure to wander around and the views are stunning. On a cloudless day, the Egadi Islands off the coast of Trapani are vividly visible, while to the west the panorama takes in vast swathes of eastern Sicily, the Tyrrhenian Sea and the coastline towards San Vito Lo Capo, Monte Cofano and the Gulf of Castellammare.
Hotels in Erice
It is recommended to spend the night in Erice, as the medieval alleys become magical as night falls and many of the tourists vanish. There are a number of small, good restaurants in the town, which serve western Sicilian food. While the selection of hotels is limited, here are two recommendations for hotels in Erice:
Villaggio Hotel La Pineta
A 25-room 3-star hotel within the walled city
Viale Nunzio Nasi Erice (Trapani)
Tel +39 0923.860127
Hotel San Domenico
A small 7-room hotel: the terrace room has a wonderful panoramic view from the balcony.
Via Tommaso Guarrasi, 26 Erice
Tel +39 0923 860128