Founded by the Carthaginians, Marsala takes it name from the Arabs who occupied it and called it Marsal-Allah. It is of course the name bestowed on the honey-coloured dessert wine popular in England in the 19th century. Today the large hoses you see on the quay pump the local wine into small tankers for export, a considerable amount is said to go to France. Compared with the crowded ports to the east, it is a pleasant relaxed place. Just north of Marsala behind Isola Grande are the remains of an ancient Phoenician town.