The Egadi Islands are one the most undisturbed parts of the world, with a permanent population of only 5000 people spread out across all three islands, it is still possible to explore isolated coves and bays as well as hike along the deserted mountain paths. It is the perfect place to relax in a tranquil environment.
The three islands, Favignana, Marettimo and Levanzo are located off the coast of Trapani (western Sicily). There are a few places of interest such as the Fort of Santa Caterina on the island of Favignana, which was originally built by the Arabs as a watchtower and then was enlarged and used as a prison by the Bourbon Kings. In addition to this there is the Grotta Del Genovese on the island of Levanzo and the Grotta del Cammello on Marettimo. These are caves containing art of the Stone Age where human messages were carved into the rock using paintings of humans and animals. Barely anyone owns a car on the islands, as they are all so small it is easy to cycle around, so the islands remain unpolluted and historic and the sea water surrounding them crystal clear. So the best way to get around is by boat!
In 241BC, the Egadi Islands were the scene of an important battle at sea called the First Punic War, between the Romans and Carthaginians, where the Romans were victorious. Remains of a Punic ship can be seen in the archaeological museum in Marsala on the main land. The name of Cala Rossa on Favignana (meaning ‘Red cove’) is said to have come from the blood of Carthaginians washing ashore.
Despite the islands being low in population there are still many places to eat as you admire the stunning views across the ocean, such as Nautilus, Sotto Sale, Il Veliero and Il Giardino Nelle Cave. The waters surrounding the islands are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving as well as fishing.
Back in Sicily there are festivals every week and mountains to explore along with public beaches scattered across the coastline and more peaceful hidden gems. During the middle ages the Normans conquered Sicily. While they were there they built cathedrals that can be seen by the public and capture one’s imagination with vaulted ceilings and mosaic floors. There is also open road racing which takes cars speeding up into the mountain roads and all across the island. It creates excitement for visitors and attracts more and more tourists.