The Aegadian Islands (Isole Egadi) are three islands, Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo, placed on the west coast of Sicily, close to Trapani and Marsala. Favignana is the most active and lively island of the archipelago. Know by Arabs as Djazirat ‘ar Rahib (the Monk island) due to the presence of a monk who lived in the castle placed on the top of the hill, but today its name comes from the Favono, a wind that often blows from West.
The Aegadian Islands offer beaches with fine golden sand, some of which are Cala Azzurra, Lido Burrone, Calamoni. There are also lovely coves with sand and pebbles such as Punta Lunga, Punta Preveto, Punta Faraglioni and Punta Sottile, where it is possible to enjoy breathtaking sunsets with red and purple skies. There are also many bays ideal for snorkelling, one example being the famous Cala Rossa.
This beautiful island also provides lots of cultural attractions like the Museum Ex-Stabilimento Florio, which displays impressive artefacts that come from different historical periods including the Fascia del Pellegrino (pilgrim’s flask) dating back to the fifteenth century.
You can visit Norman buildings such as Palazzo Florio, Santa Caterina and St. Giacomo castles or the archeological site of San Nicola where the Roman Women’s Bath can be found.
Most of all, the Aegadian Islands main attraction is the famous old tuff quarries, rich in history and tradition, in the past they were a source of economy for the islands as blocks were exported to mainland Sicily and North Africa, but today they are simply considered incredible sights to behold.
Favignana, rather then the other Aegadian Islands, is very easy to reach thanks to its many links to the mainland and once you get there the best way to discover its coves and inlets is to rent a bike or a scooter.