The city of Trapani stands behind a large natural harbour on the coast of Sicily. The dramatic shoreline here, with towering cliffs and sandy beaches, is considered one of the best in Italy. Visitors hiring a car in Trapani can explore this scenic region of headlands, islands and inlets. The city itself stands right at the western tip of Sicily's triangle, about 30 miles west of Palermo and facing the protected Egadi Islands just off the shore. The vast area of salt flats to the south of the city is now a protected nature reserve. Drivers will appreciate the A29 motorway, which links Trapani with the rest of the island.