TRAPANI, located in the North West coast of Sicily, the main italian island surrounded by the Mediterranean, the Italian door to the coast of Africa , is a short sail distance from several small islands each of them with different features but all with charming and beautiful landscapes.
The Egadi islands form the archipelago of Trapani an are Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. All three are blessed with lovely coastlines with crystal-clear water.
Favignana Island is the
The name has origin from the word Favonio which is a type of wind.
The central island consists of a massive body of mountains which culminate with the peak of S. Caterina (302mt) with the castle.
Due to the strategic position in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, the island was theatre of endless epic battles. The most famous was in the 241 BC between the Fenici and the Romans. The myth says that the water in which the battle happened, became red of the blood of the fighters giving to the area the name Red Bay.
Best way to visit the island is a sailing yacht so you can appreciate the wonderful caverns: Grotta Azzurra (so-called because of the colour of the water), Grotta dei Sospiri (the Grotto of Sighs which sounds its laments in winter), and Grotta degli Innamorati (Lovers’ Grotto), so named because of two identical rocks standing side by side deep against the back wall.
The third largest
At the foot of the mountain, a compact collection of square white houses and terraces surround the miniature harbour with the Scalo Nuovo (the main landing-stage) and the Scalo Vecchio reserved for the local fishermen.
On the other side Punta Troia, with ruins from a Spanish castle , a prison until 1844.
Some rugged paths lead inland to higher hills from which an 180° view will fly over the sea.