The Egadi archipelago is located at the western end of Sicily, a few miles from Trapani and is composed of the islands of Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo, the islet of Formica and the rock of Maraone. The perfect destination for those who love to walk surrounded by nature, thanks to its rich vegetation and, from the wildlife point of view, to the remarkable variety of bird species. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the archipelago, the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of the Egadi Islands, the largest marine reserve in Europe, has recently been established.
A holiday in the Egadi Islands is definitely a suitable choice for anyone who loves the sea and unspoilt nature. From the hiking trails of Marettimo to the secluded coves of Levanzo, these islands are able to make you rediscover smells and flavours that seemed forgotten. The Egadi are a magical archipelago where the hand of man seems to have not affected the views and the beauty of the landscape. The sea is undoubtedly the dominant feature of the entire archipelago, with its cliffs, beaches and coves… don’t miss the opportunity to take a dip in its clear waters, characterised by the marvellous colours of a sea full of life.
Each of the islands of the archipelago is special, but in this article I want to tell you about my favourite: Favignana, the undisputed queen of the Egadi Islands. If you stop in Trapani, just over 19 miles (30 km) you can not miss to visit this fabulous island. Easily accessible, chosen by the most adventurous, it will be the perfect place to rediscover the pleasure of simple things and nature, which will leave you breathless thanks to their beauty. Favignana, known all over the world for its paradisiacal beaches and its beautiful crystal clear seabed, has to offer many excursions suitable for all types of travellers: a boat tour of the islands, a visit to the underground gardens, a donkey climb to the top of Mount Santa Caterina and much more.
Here I want to show you a possible itinerary of only 24 hours to make the most of your time in Favignana. In the forefront of the Egadi Islands, start your day with breakfast at U Bar du Marinaru, famous for its pistachio coffee and the typical coffee granita with brioche. Right there, on the island pier, just a few steps away, you can admire the Palazzo Florio, designed by the architect Damiani Almeyda, which once housed illustrious figures during the period of the massacre. Its peculiarity is due to the exteriors with a typically Gothic style that contrasts with the interior Liberty furnishings, a must to visit if you want to know the roots of this wonderful island. Continue to the ancient Tonnara, where you can admire an ancient structure made of enormous arches and high ceilings, which also houses a museum full of finds discovered in the Egadi Islands; let yourself be guided by the panels to learn about the industrial history of this place and the activities of the trap… and if you are lucky, it’s the right place to meet the tuna fishermen (expert tuna fishermen with traps), it’s really interesting to hear the many anecdotes about the ancient slaughter. Another must-see stop is Punta San Nicola where you can admire an archaeological area characterised by the remains of a necropolis dating back to the Hellenistic age and, in the immediate vicinity of the beach, you can also find the Grotta del Pozzo, famous above all for its Punic inscription. Although it may seem obvious, one of the things to do in Favignana is definitely to take a day by boat to reach the most beautiful spots of the island by sea and dive where the sea is bluest. For example, head to one of the most beautiful coves of the island, Cala Rossa, a unique natural scenery where you will be ecstatic by its crystal clear sea whose seabeds are reminiscent of those of the Caribbean, the perfect place for those who love to dive and snorkel… and still, Cala del Bue Marino,Cala Azzurra and Grotta degli Innamorati.
Before continuing your visit, we recommend that you enjoy a delicious tuna sandwich for lunch (price range from € 3,00 to € 7,00 per person). If you plan to reach the highest point of the island from the sea, you only have to reach the Castle of Santa Caterina. At 314 metres above sea level, the castle dominates the surrounding landscape… it is the perfect location to watch the sunset. The walk is long and could also be very tiring but believe me, it is worth it, especially if you choose to do the donkey climb.
Now you’re wondering, after a long day exploring the island’s beauties, what to do in the evening? Well, Favignana is an island that has to be discovered little by little and is not ideal for those who want a wild nightlife: here the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, ideal for those looking for a beach holiday away from the hectic life of always. You won’t find neon discos or big bars here, but you will find a nightlife that fully reflects the relaxed atmosphere of the island. Although the watchword is “relax”, if you are looking for evening entertainment, you will find organised parties on the beach, while on the main streets you can stop for a cocktail at one of the bars that remain open until the early hours of the morning.
Favignana isn’t Ibiza, but that’s what makes it so fascinating…if you are looking for something away from the hustle and chaos of the nightlife, it’s the nightlife for you, perfect for a holiday to spend with your family, your sweetheart or a small number of friends.
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