Off the Northwest coast of Sicily close to Trapani and Marsala lies the archipelago of Egadi which is composed of the islands of Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo and the islets of Formica and Manaone, all with an exceptional mixture of history and nature.
Egadi is the largest preserved marine area in Europe which due to its natural recourses offers a very important environment for the reproduction of many species of fish, resident and migratory birds, aquatic mammals, Caretta Caretta sea turtles and occasionally you can come across the Monk Seal as well.
Favignana is the biggest island of the Egadi archipelago also called “La Farfalla” meaning butterfly due to its shape.
The island has beautiful sandy beaches, rocky shores and reefs, spots for enjoying swimming like the Cala d’ Azur in the eastern side, the Grotto of Blue Marino and Cala Rossa with their turquoise waters.
For many years the main source of income for the island was the tuna fishing and processing. The Ancient Tuna Fishery of Favignana was built in 1859.
Marettimo is the most distant, quiet, unspoiled by tourists island in the Egadi archipelago. It is a genuine escape for people looking for relaxation, trekking, and scuba-diving. Following the walking routes, you can enjoy and admire unending panoramas of beauty.
The coastline is breathtaking with many sea caves and rough cliffs reaching the sea. The best way to explore these caves is by boat enjoying at the same time an unforgettable swim.
In Marettimo you can enjoy fresh fish dishes and the famous amongst food lovers, lobster soup.
Levanzo is the smallest of the three islands. Its small port is charming and the little village around it is the only settlement except for a few houses and farms dispersed here and there. The main income comes from fishing, with some agriculture and sheep farming.
Visitors can enjoy tranquillity, swimming, sunbathing and the simple and easy way of life on the island.
The most important site on the island is Grotta del Genovese. A cave with prehistoric art. In this rocky shelter, a small entryway leads to a bigger, dark internal cave. The art on the sides of the inner cave dates back to 13000 years ago and shows drawings of bison, deer, tuna fish and a dolphin.