From the port of Trapani you can see the Egadi Islands, in particular the largest one, which takes the name of Favignana and is the destination of many tourists during the summer.
The other islands that make up the archipelago are Levanzo and Marettimo, the latter the furthest away and also the wildest due to the small number of residents, but equally very suggestive and fascinating for its caves and mountain paths.
Returning to the main island, Favignana is a very attractive seaside village, which in recent years has been able to create an interesting tourist offer centered on the beauty of its crystalline sea, which falls within the Egadi Islands Nature Reserve, which with its 53,992 ha of sea , is the largest marine protected area in Europe.
Letīs start immediately with the first advice: as soon as you set foot in one of the Egadi Islands, the first thing to do is dive into the sea and since in our part the climate is always very mild, we recommend this advice also in May and October. In Favignana, in particular, it is possible to go to Cala Azzurra, especially if you are a family with children, to Cala Rossa, Cala Rotonda, Punta Lunga and La Praia. In Marettimo, we will not talk about it, it is possible to circumnavigate the island by boat and go and visit, as we said, its immense caves.
In Favignana, after having bathed, with the bikes or scooters, which you have certainly rented when you arrived at the port or brought you from Trapani by ferry, the stop towards the abandoned tuff quarries, which today constitute a open-air museum and which deserve to be enhanced even more.
For centuries, in addition to fishing and agriculture, the extraction of tuff was a very important source of income. Tuff was a widely used building material, especially in the period between 1700 and 1950, when the exploitation of its quarries reached its maximum development. The Florio family, an ancient family that owned the island for centuries, certainly gave a strong boost to this economic sector in conjunction with the entire tuna supply chain, processed and canned in the factory that dominates the port of Favignana. Once the tuna fishery was abandoned, at the beginning of the eighties the plant was converted into a huge Florio museum complex where it is possible to learn all the ancient knowledge linked to this marine world: from the bloody rite of the Mattanza, now in disuse, to all phases of tuna processing.
Also recommended is a visit to the nearby Palazzo Florio, now home to some municipal offices, and then spread out into the historic center to taste one of our homemade ice creams, perhaps served in the typical "brioscia col tuppo". But if you are looking for one of the typical dishes of the Egadi Islands, it is always towards the omnipresent bluefin tuna that you will have to turn ... the palate: whether they are busiate with tuna, trio of tonnara, meatballs or roasted with sesame, it is enough that it is red and from Favignana.
As soon as evening falls, one last piece of advice is to look at the stars. Because the island at night, far from the town, takes on a charm of its own and isolating yourself under this bright vault is even easier in Favignana.
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