The Best of the Aegadian Archipelago
Favignana is the largest island of the Egadi and the closest to the coast of Sicily. It stretches for about 9 kilometers, resembling a butterfly in shape.
Right in the central part of the island are the port and the urban agglomeration of Favignana, where the islands major accommodations can be found. The three largest markets of Favignana are Marina Square, Europe Square and Matrix Square, where the mother church, built in the eighteenth century, is located.
Sought for the beauty of its coastline, Favignana will surely not disappoint. Among the sandy beaches, rocky shores, and reefs accessible by boat, there is much to choose from. For lovers of the sand, in the northern part of the island you can take a dip in the beach near the center of Favignana.
Picturesque and really nice to see, the small beach of Cala d’Azur, starts on the eastern side, where the name of the place comes from the clarity of its waters. Lastly, do not miss the white beaches of Marasolo and Ravine, on the coast opposite to the Port. For those who prefer a dive from the rocks, and Bue Marino and Cala Rossa, in the eastern part of the island, offer two great places to enjoy this sea of dreams that Favignana boasts of, where the color of the water takes on hues of turquoise.
Not to be outdone, there is also Punta Lunga, Centre Iron, Stack Punta, Punta Marsala, Punta Sottile, Cala Rotonda, Grotta Perciata. As you can see, it is not difficult to find places that will satisfy your craving for sea. Finally, for those who cannot do without diving, do not miss Preveto Island, on the southern slope, the Secca del Tonno, Scoglio Corrente and Punta Fanfalo.
THE FLORIO TUNARY:
The Florio Tunary, immediately draws stares from those who are about to reach Favignana. Currently in disused, it was, for a long time, the staple for the island’s economy, thanks to its tuna processing. Built in 1859 it remains today a symbol for Favignana. The tuna fishery in fact, was more than an activity; it represented the only form of livelihood for the majority of islanders. The rite of the fish slaughter happened with systems of integrated nets, to form channels for directing the flow of the tuna migration which were in search of an ideal habitat for breeding, around May.