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  • Salvatore Fuda

The archipelago of the Egadi Islands-Sicily

Updated: May 13, 2021

The Egadi islands are located at the western end of Sicily, a few miles from Trapani and Marsala, and consists of the islands of Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo, the islet of Formica and the rock of Maraone. The archipelago is set in beautiful crystal clear waters, and is home to a rich and varied marine flora and fauna. These characteristics make this archipelago a popular destination for snorkelling, diving and sailing enthusiasts. The natural beauties that characterize the waters of Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo also extend to the mainland. In fact, for those who love walks immersed in nature, the Egadi islands show a rich vegetation where there is no lack of endemic plants with medicinal properties, while from the faunal point of view, birds are of considerable importance. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the archipelago, the Protected Marine Area (AMP) of the Egadi Islands, the largest marine reserve in Europe, was recently established. Administratively the Egadi islands are part of the municipality of Favignana, and have about 4400 people.

Cala Rossa Beach...... credit photo spiagge da sogno

Favignana, butterfly on the sea

Favignana is the largest of the Egadi islands. Well connected from the port of Trapani with hydrofoils and ferry ships. Among the beaches, the most famous is undoubtedly Cala Rossa, characterized by crystalline waters and a sandy bottom with a splendid rocky wall in the background. The largest museum in Europe, the former Florio factory, one of the last Sicilian tuna traps now transformed into a place of memory. It is very nice and fun to get around the island by bike or scooter that can be rented on the island. The beaches and coves, inlets and cliffs where you can swim are many and fantastic.

How to get to the Egadi Islands

It starts from the port of Trapani, but you can also arrive in Sicily comfortably in Palermo, because they are only an hour and a half away by car or bus and are very well connected by transport to the port. By plane you can get to both Trapani and Palermo. Surely Trapani is more comfortable. From the port of Trapani there are many hydrofoils at every hour for all the Egadi Islands and in the low season you can get there even without a reservation.

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