Guide to Favignana and other Aegadian Islands

May 13, 2024 By Bellarome Travel

Sicily, the largest Island region of southern Italy is revered for it’s nearby islands in the heart of the Mediterranean. The most well-known are the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Messina in Sicily’s east – think Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea. However, another cluster that is no less beautiful but equally deserving of notoriety are the Aegadian Islands off the coast of Trapani in Sicily’s west, the most famous being Favignana.

Let’s learn more about the Aegadian Islands, a breathtaking archipelago off Sicily’s western coast, near Trapani. These islands, including Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo, the islet of Formica, and the rock of Maraone, are arguably the most idyllic of Sicily’s Islands in terms of crystal-clear waters and breathtaking beaches.

Whether you’re looking for a coastal retreat or culinary adventures in Sicily, the Aegadian Islands have it all. Discover the charm of Favignano, Levanzo, and Marettima, islands that promise an escape into a world of azure waters, rich history, and captivating natural beauty. If you are planning to see the hidden gem in Sicily have at look at our private tours of Sicily, italy.

Favignana: a must-see gem of Italy

Favignana, the pearl of the Aegadian Islands, is a butterfly-shaped island known for its wonderful beaches and coves bathed by a transparent sea showing off infinite shades of blue. To tour the island, many tourists choose bicycles, perfectly suited to enjoying the slow rhythms that still mark the life of the islanders today. A boat excursion is the best way to discover caves and inlets that are difficult or impossible to reach by land.


Beaches and caves

Favignana offers numerous areas perfect for snorkeling and diving. The famous Cala Rossa, with both rocks and sand, boasts a sea that embraces shades from blue to light blue. For diving enthusiasts, Grotta Perciata, Punta Fanfalo, and Il Cavallo are must-visit spots. Additionally, the sea caves, such as Grotta dei Sospiri, are accessible by boat and offer spectacular views.

Historic sites and local culture

The island’s vibrant local culture and culinary delights are not to be missed. Visitors can savor authentic Sicilian cuisine and fresh seafood caught daily by local fishermen. Favignana’s famous tuna dishes, such as pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines) or tonnina (tuna preserved in olive oil), paired with a glass of locally produced Marsala wine, are culinary experiences typical of Favignana. The island also hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year, showcasing traditional music, dance, and folklore.


Levanzo: the tranquil island retreat

Levanzo, the smallest of the Aegadian Islands, is a tranquil oasis known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and ancient cave paintings dating back to the Paleolithic era. Visitors can hike along scenic coastal trails, explore hidden coves, or visit the Grotta del Genovese, a cave adorned with prehistoric rock art depicting scenes of daily life and hunting rituals.

Levanzo Sicily

Beaches and natural beauty

Levanzo, with only 200 residents and a surface area of 5.6 square kilometers, offers splendid landscapes and crystal-clear waters. Among its most beautiful beaches are Cala Minnola and Cala Dogana. Cala Minnola, on the southeastern side of the island, features clear blue waters and a surrounding pine forest that offers shelter from the sun. Cala Dogana, the town’s beach, is easily accessible and suitable for children and the less experienced.

Boat tours and historic sites

A boat tour around Levanzo allows visitors to see iconic spots such as Cala Faraglione, the sea cave of Buco, and Capo Grosso, with its historic lighthouse. The island’s untouched beauty and historic significance make it a fascinating destination.


Marettimo: the remote and unspoiled island

Marettimo is the westernmost and second-largest of the Aegadian Islands off the coast of Sicily, Italy. It’s the most remote and rugged of the three main islands with around only around 300 local residents, therefore a perfect choice for those seeking an off-the-beaten-track experience. Known for its dramatic coastline, stunning cliffs, and diverse marine life, Marettimo is a haven for nature enthusiasts and scuba divers.

Marettimo (1)


Natural wonders

The varied coast of Marettimo is dotted with numerous emergent and submerged caves, with more than 400 caves indenting the island’s coastline. The most famous is the Camel Cave or ‘Grotta del Cammello’, named for a rock resembling a camel. This cave is best visited at midday, when sunlight creates stunning plays of light through a circular opening in the vault.

Then there is the breathtaking beach of Cala Bianca, boasting exceptionally transparent waters and white sand beach surrounded by high coast.  Spiaggia del Cretazzo is another beautiful pebble cove with very clear waters, accessible after a nearly two-hour walk

A glimpse back in time

In addition to admiring the striking geological formations of Grotta del Cammello with it’s ancient archaeological remains, you might want to also visit the Roman villa in town, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the island’s ancient past and the lives of its inhabitants centuries ago.


A tour of Favignana and the Aegadian Islands offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re exploring ancient caves, relaxing on pristine beaches, or savoring local cuisine, the Aegadian Islands provide an unforgettable travel experience. You can also use the information provided above to tell us what your family might enjoy so that we may craft you the perfect trip.