EGADI ISLANDS

The islands of Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo form the Egadi Archipelago which embodies many terrestrial and underwater archaeological findings dated back to the Paleolithic era and testifies to the existence of people coming from every corner of the Mediterranean. This is the largest protected marine area in Europe with a vast submerged tropical forest which provides a valuable habitat for the reproduction of many species of fish, extraordinary cetaceans, Caretta Caretta sea turtles and the rare Monk Seal.

Favignana, it’s the largest island of the Archipelago. The small village winds around the harbour and has beautiful buildings such as Palazzo Florio and some Baroque churches. The island’s name is indissolubly linked with the traditional tuna fishing and processing. Here you can find the most important Mediterranean Tonnara (netting fence to catch tuna), the most important element for the island’s economy since centuries ago. Nowadays it is a museum.

Levanzo, the smallest of the three islands, looks like a nativity scene with its white houses arranged around the port and Cala Tramontana from where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. The cave art figures of men and animals painted and scratched on the walls of the Grotta del Genovese date back to the Palaeolithic era and are among the most interesting prehistoric sites in the world.

Marettimo
It is the highest and rockiest of the Egadi archipelago. Its unique fishing village made up of small houses huddled up together and its daily easy life gives a serenity and peaceful mood. For hiking lovers, this is a perfect island where many twist and turn trails wind up from the village. Punta Troia, where the homonym Norman castle stands, is now restored and used as a prison museum and observatory of the protected marine area. Case Romane is the area where the remains of a large building dated between the I and the II century AD and a small Byzantine church can be seen.