Saline Dello Stagnone di Marsala
In case we were harbouring any doubts about the quiet beauty of Sicily, our first evening in the island off the coast of Italy allowed us a glimpse of what is possibly the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. We were welcomed to Las Salinas De La Zingaro , a restaurant which lies on a large salt flat area close to Marsala on the Western coast of the island.
The charm of this side of the island is the authentic and unspoilt environment. Tourists are yet to make their mark here – the establishments cater to the needs of locals, staff speak little English and you feel like you’re actually visiting a new part of the world as opposed to a carbon copy of different tourist destinations that you’ve visited before. Las Salinas was a local recommendation, we were assured it would be the best spot to watch the sun set behind the nearby island of Favignana, and it truly was. The sky rapidly changed from blue to orange, through to red, purple and finally black (all of which I captured in a hyperlapse on my Vlog of the trip here), and the windmill on the salt farm as well as the walkways across the evaporation pools create the perfect spot to watch it.
As we expected, the dinner at Las Salinas was our first taste of a typical Sicilan dish. What we were expecting to be a light ‘aperitif’ turned out to be a three course dinner, complete with Octopus, Shrimps, Cheese Platters and Sicilian specialities such as Busiate pasta – a scrumptious dish which became my staple diet throughout the trip, consisting of twisted pasta, almonds, pesto, tomato and garlic.
The temperature dropped in the evenings, so I opted for full length trousers with a rather Italian-esque navy stripe, and a casual leather jacket to shelter my shoulders from the breeze. My chunky heeled sandals completed the look, along with a bag which was a complete steal from Primark – although if anyone asks, I picked it up from a local market, OK?!
What I Wore
If you’d like to see more about what we got up to on Favignana and throughout the rest of our trip to Sicily, you can watch the Vlog here!
For accommodation, I’d highly recommend Scent of Sicily, and we stayed in Villa Dorotea; perfectly positioned for exploring the West Coast.