The largest of the Egadi Islands, Favignana is the holidaymaker’s hub which contains the majority of the accommodation and the entertainment. Little known to non-Italians, these islands are a sample of the old Italy that we imagine; small untouched villages where the wine is cheap and the food is glorious and rustic. Death by Vespa is not an ongoing concern here.
The main activities here are cycling around the rural coastline and admiring the view, laying on the small, secluded beaches and snorkelling in the crystal-clear coves that surround the island. It is also possible to arrange a trip with one of the local fishermen where you can learn about the trade.
The accommodation is predominantly self-catering villas so is perhaps ideal for couples and families who are looking for a quiet time with little in the way of distractions. If you are in the area during May or June you may be witness to the Mattanza, an annual ritual which involves the harvesting of large schools of migrating tuna fish which happen to pass by the island. This is one of the few places left in the Mediterranean where the ritual is still commonly practised.
Favignana is located 7km from the west coast of Sicily and is accessible by boat and plane.
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