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A dive where the water is bluer, between history, adventure and relaxation (Part 3)
We have known the wonders of the Tuscan Archipelago, we fell in love with the legendary islands of the Archipelago of Campania and now we are ready to pack again to move in the sea of Sicily, where the sun beats strong and the scents capture the senses. In the third part of this journey to discover the smaller Italian islands, we move between Trapani and Marsala, in the blue of a land steeped in history, ready to land on the Egadi Islands, along the route sung by Homerus, navigating as Ulysses in search of our lost Ithaca, which in this case is a slice of land that promises absolute relaxation and glimpses in which nature becomes art.
Italian Islands: the Egadi Islands, an archipelago of Sicilian beauty
A holiday in the Egadi Islands is recommended for those who love the sea and unspoiled nature. Here time seems to have stopped, everything has remained perfectly preserved: beauty is the primary value of these small Italian islands that continue to enchant millions of tourists every year. Smells and flavours of tradition blend with those brought by the sea. A magical place where the sea king decides to invite everyone to his court, inviting them to move gracefully and to leave his waters crystalline. For everyone, but not common. The rare pleasure of simple things: a boat ride, a visit to the many open-air museums, an Italian sunset, an excursion with friends.
Low and jagged coasts, blue sea that bluer cannot be, and under a meadow of red corals. Favignana is an island in the shape of a butterfly with wings spread out. It seems that it is flying this small Italian island known by Arab geographers with the name of Djazirat ‘ar Rahib (“island of the monk or of the hermit”), because of the castle inhabited by a monk. The current name of Favignana dates back to the Middle Ages and derives from the name of the wind Favonio coming from the West. Attentive and experienced fishermen will guide you through the intricate underground universe of the caves and between the suggestive inlets. Collect unforgettable memories of the Grotta Azzurra, the Grotta dei Sospiri (Cave of Sighs,so called for the characteristic sound that the wind creates inside) and the Grotta degli Innamorati, two identical rocks and close. Favignana is one of the most beautiful Italian islands on which to ride a bike. Characteristic is the small port, located in a bay dominated by the Fort of Santa Caterina which is located on the mountain of the same name. A walk in Piazza Europa or in Piazza Madrice between an excursion and another, a ride in the historic center to visit the Florio’s buildings, the family that made Favignana, the “queen of the tuna”, so much to deserve the progenitor , Ignazio Florio, a statue in the center of the town: you can admire the imposing Palazzo Florio and the nineteenth-century Tonnara, the establishment that was the largest in the Mediterranean.
A small and romantic Italian island. On its 5 km all the civilizations of the past have alternated: Sicani, Siculi, Phoenicians, Cumans,corsairs and pirates of the sea, Athenians, Carthaginians and Romans. And then again Vandals, Byzantine, Saracen, Swabian, Angevins, Spanish, up to the Bourbon peace. Everyone wanted to leave a mark of their passage in one of the most beautiful Italian minor islands. Unmissable sunsets await you in Cala Tramontana, Cala Dogana, Cala Minnola. Don’t miss the Grotta del Genovese, guardian of graffiti and prehistoric secrets: here the hunters gathered for propitiatory rites before leaving, in a time when not to hunt was equivalent to dying.
One of the most pristine Italian islands. Its position and its morphology have discouraged the invaders and also the man in general who has preferred to preserve intact the beauty of this wild nature. Thus, among the impervious mountains of this small Italian island is guarded a rich fauna and flora, with rare species. The ideal place for those who love hiking, considering the over 400 caves to visit, including the Grotta del Tuono (also known as Grotta del Presepe), and the Grotta del Cammello. Stop on the beautiful beach of Cala Bianca, where extreme relaxation is not utopia.
Few people know this clod of land located in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea. A beautiful and completely uninhabited place, a protected area as a nature reserve. Lovers of surface sport fishing and professional fishing will throng here. Those who love diving cannot stop on one of the most beautiful small Italian islands. The dives are widely recommended, to admire closely one of the best preserved Italian seabed, where man has not imposed himself, but has been a silent, discreet and above all respectful guest.
Refuge for many populations of the past: Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Normans and Arabs. An oasis of peace where you breathe history. The island is not easy to access because of some penitentiary facilities for the recovery on the small territory, so if you have planned a holiday in the Egadi Islands, you will have to admire it from afar. But it’s still worth it.
ISOLE DELLO STAGNONE
We are in the Riserva Naturale Orientata Isole dello Stagnone, one of the first in Italy. Very rare plant and animal species are the main attraction of this archipelago in the archipelago, with three small islands in its interior, Mozia, Santa Maria and Schola.
GALERA, GALEOTTA AND FARIGLIONE
To complete the journey to discover the Egadi Islands it is also obligatory to name these three islets, little more than the rocks, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Sicilian gulf.
After so much beauty there is just time to catch up. Stopping is impossible by navigating the seas that bathe the most famous boot shape in the world. So there is still to be seen, so much is still to be discovered. This time there will be no need to move much: a little ‘further on there awaits another famous Italian archipelago, that of the Aeolian Islands.
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