Aegadian Island

Favignana, Marettimo and Levanzo

The Aegadian archipelago is formed by a number of bigger island and a four small islets, but the real heart of the Egadi Islands are the three most known: Favignana, Marettimo and Levanzo. While Formica, Porcelli, Maraone and Asinelli are mostly big rocks, even if none can remain unimpressed by their beauty. But at the same time these rocks are also both archaeological and natural jewels, for this reason the Egadi Islands are the new destination of the charter in Italy.

Favignana

Is the biggest island of the Egadi, 54 hectares of marine reserve. It?s shaped like a butterfly, and for this reason it is also known as butterfly island. 9 km long and 4 km large, inside the land Favignana offers you a particular kind of show: the ?closed gardens? . In fact, the island is made above all of tufo and in the past times the technic to extract it, left big holes into the rock. Today the same are full of rich vegetation, wonderful hidden gardens, impossible to see from the streets and for this reason all to discover.

But it is from the sea that Favignana offers itself in its total splendour. Its depths are a classical underwater museum which has all: from the Roman ship to the Arabian one of the X sec. With all its goods aboard, but also you can find the corsair galleon. On the island there are many scuba divers who can help you to visit this underwater richness.

The most beautiful shores are: Cala Rossa – accessible with the south wind – Cala Azzurra, Lido Burrone – accessible with the north wind – Stornello, Cala Rotonda and Cala Grande – with the west one. A note must be made for the caves on the north-east side of the island, for sure you have to visit them. It is also worth to visit the little islands around: Galera, Galeotta and Prevedo.

Marettimo

Marettimo

Is the second island of the archipelago and the farthest one from Sicily. It is divided from Marsala by 20 miles of sea, 13,5 miles far from Favignana and 70 miles far from Capo Bon (Tunisia). Marettimo is the oldest island of the Egadi islands. It is defined as a natural botanical garden, in fact the island is an impressive mountain rich of plants and paths. But it is in it is the sea around that Marettimo that gives its best: the paradise of scuba divers and all who loves to discover caves, in fact Marettimo is the island of caves. Sailing north you reach a strange rock which has the shape of a camel, hidden inside is the

Grotta del Cammello (Cave of Camel), following the route you will reach Cala Mione, a shelter when the sea becomes dangerous, and the Grotta del Tuono (Thunder cave) so named for the strong sounds made inside, caused by the water. Crossing P.ta Due Frati you will be in front of a magnificent crack in the rock: it is a cave of green marble, and more over Grotta Berciata, Grotta Bombarda and Grotta del Presepio, the last one has inside stalagmites, stalactites and statues.

Levanzo

Levanzo

Is the littlest of the 3 islands, only 10 km of surface. It is 6,5 miles far from Marsala and 2,2 far from Favignana. Its depths are very rich of archeological ruins of the Roman and Punic times. What is important is that in Levanzo there is one of the most fascinating caves of all Europe: Grotta del Genovese. The walls of this cave are full of graffiti of 15.000 years ago.

There is only one asphalted road in the island and it crosses the town of Cala Dogana, the other road is a mule trail that crosses the island from south to north, to Grotta del Genovese, along which there are Cala Tramontana and C.da Case, an area well known by those people who loves trekking. Aboard, sailing from the little harbour of Cala Dogana to west, you will find P.ta Pesce, where there is an underwater cave, following this direction there are: Pizzo del Monaco, P.ta dei Sorci and Cala Tramontana, a rocky scenery made of caves and caverns.

Making the circumnavigation of the island to south you will meet Cala Calcara and P.ta Altarella.

Pantelleria



Is known as the black pearl of the Mediterranean Sea for the colour of its shores. The magic of this island is given by the waves among the sea, caves, clear waters and hot vapours. Here the wild nature is linked to the tipical human
buildings of Pantelleria called Dammuso, this buildings are made of thick walls of lava stones that keep fresh the temperature inside it . It is possible to rent them during the summer. Inside the islands a particular lake formation called ?Lago di Venere? suggestive in name and sight. From the sea, the circumnavigation of the island can start from the harbour of Pantelleria Centro, by sailing following the clockwise route you will find the San Leonardo lighthouse. Overcrossing it you will arrive to Bue Marino. Sailing to Cuddia Randazzo there is the first cave, named Curritia and the lighthouse of P.ta Spadino. Overcrossing P.ta Falconetto and P.ta Finestra you enter in the Gadir Gulf.

Lampedusa

Is the nearest to Africa, 46 miles far from Capo Bon (Tunisia).is in the point where Europe starts and finishs. It is 9 km long, 61 km far from the Tunesian coast and 116 far from the Italian one. Lampedusa and its minor islands, Linosa and Lampione, form the Pelagie archipelago. Lampedusa is above all a desertic place – in past times it had been deforested by some Maltese colonists, who wanted to create new agricultural places but sooner they leaved the project. Around the island, in its depths, it is possible admire a tropic fauna, very rare in the Mediterranean sea. The coast of Lampedusa is full of little shores and caves all to discover by the sea. You can start following the west – route, and you will arrive in Spaiggia della Guitgia, going on this route You will find Cala Croce, Cala Madonna, Cala Greca and the very famous Cala Galera. A not deep line of water divides Lampedusa from the famous Isola dei Conigli (Rabbits? Island, since once upon a time this was populated only by rabbits). Sometimes, with the low tide, the distance can be walked on a very thin line of sand formed between the main islands and the Islet.