Trapani is a bustling harbour which is not unattractive. Work on the waterfront quay has made it a much more pleasant place to be, both afloat and ashore. The old quarter of the town reflect the history of this part of Sicily in its hybrid architecture and inhabitants. Arabic influences on the architecture and cuisine are apparent everywhere. Because of its strategic location between North-Africa and the Tyrrhenian Sea it was a major Carthaginian colony and later it was important to the Aragonese as a link with Spain.