At the most extreme point of the Western Sicily, right in front of the stretch of Sicilian coast that from Trapani ends in Marsala, the Egadi islands constitute one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the whole Mediterranean.
Characterized by spectacular sea, unspoiled nature, silence and wild beaches, they are famous all over the world.
They consist of three largest islands, Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo, and some islets, rocks and stacks. Today the islands are included in the protected area of Egadi Islands marine nature reserve.
Here is a guide on the Egadi Islands: where they are, what they are and what to see.
- Where are
- When to go? Info on climate and best time
- Which island to go to?
- 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
- What to do in the Egadi Islands: excursions and tours
- How much does a holiday in the Egadi Islands cost? Prices, offers and advice
- User questions and comments
The Egadi islands are an archipelago in Sicily, between the lower Tyrrhenian and the Sicilian channel. Located about 7 km from the west coast of Sicily, between Trapani and Marsala, in the free municipal consortium of Trapani, the archipelago consists of three main islands and two islets, as well as a series of rocks and stacks.
How to reach us
The Egadi islands are served by companies Siremar e Liberty Lines with hydrofoils and catamarans departing from Trapani and Marsala. The ticket offices are located in front of the pier from which the vehicles leave. It is possible to book the ferry ticket online.
When to go? Info on climate and best time
- Weather: Mediterranean, with mild and relatively rainy winters, with the possibility of waves of bad weather with wind and rain. Summers are very hot and muggy but tempered by the breeze. It rains in the fall and early winter
- Best time: from June to September. The best time for swimming is from July to September, while in June the sea is still a bit cool. April and May are perfect for hiking
- Period to avoid: from October to March. Although the climate is relatively mild, it often rains and a strong wind blows
- Advice: sportswear for sports and walking or cycling. Beach costume and gear. For the evening, light dresses and a sweater, if mid-season. Rock and sports shoes for excursions. Sunglasses and sunscreen
Which island to go to?
The main islands of the archipelago are Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. The complex of islands then includes a series of smaller islets: Isola Maraone, Formica, Galera, Isole dello Stagnone, Isola Galeotta, Preveto and Fariglione.
Visiting these islands is like taking a trip to a place where time seems dilated, where the rhythms of the sea and fishing dictate and influence the days. The Egadi islands are part of the municipality of Favignana, excluding the Stagnone Islands which belong to Marsala.
Favignana is the most touristic island with more services and connections. However each island has a particular conformation and a particular feature that makes it truly unmissable:
- Favignana: it is the main and most famous island. 33 km where bays and coves follow one another, interspersed with rocks and pebbly sands. It offers comfort and opportunities for recreation, without giving up unspoiled nature and the beautiful sea - more info on Favignana
- Levanzo: it is the smallest of the three main islands and the most characteristic, thanks to the picturesque seaside village. You can travel on foot or by bike, there are no roads for cars. This has made it possible to preserve the integrity of the landscape - more info on Levanzo
- Marettimo: untouched and wild it is the perfect island for those who love diving and trekking overlooking the sea - more info on Marettimo
10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
- Praia beach, Favignana: comfortable beach, one of the best equipped in Favignana. Easily accessible. Fine golden sand, transparent sea and a beach equipped to offer numerous services.
- Cala Rossa beach, Favignana: one of the most evocative of Favignana, consisting of imposing flattened rocks arranged in a horseshoe, which make it look like an amphitheater. Ideal for snorkeling and diving.
- Grotta del Genovese, Levanzo: on the island of Levanzo there are many caves, this is the most important, one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy for the rock engravings dating back to the upper Paleolithic.
- Grotta del Tuono, Marettimo: also called Grotta del Presepe, known for its stalactites and stalagmites.
- Cala Minnola, Levanzo: wild beach in whose waters one of the most important submerged archaeological sites in Sicily is located 30 m deep: the wreck of a Roman ship and its cargo of remains of amphorae and pottery from the st century BC
- Cala Azzurra, Favignana: beach separated by high rocks. The seabed slopes gently towards the clear waters and the sea remains low for several meters.
- Calamoni beach, Favignana: on the south-eastern coast, near the pretty fishing village of Punta Longa. A succession of coves sometimes rocky and sometimes sandy with a shallow sea.
- Lido Burrone beach, Favignana: on the south-eastern side, it represents the largest beach of the whole island. Long sandy stretch lapped by a blue and transparent sea. It is equipped with umbrellas, sunbeds, bars and refreshment points.
- Tonnara Florio, Favignana: it is no longer active but was for a long time the main activity of Favignana. It has been renovated and it is very interesting to visit it, as well as to understand the history of the island also for the museum inside.
- Cala Bianca, Marettimo: small pebble beach, accessible by land, located on the slopes of the promontory of Punta Troia. On the promontory stands the Norman castle, from which to admire a magnificent view.
What to do in the Egadi Islands: excursions and tours
How much does a holiday in the Egadi Islands cost? Prices, offers and advice
The main attractions of the Egadi are naturalistic and therefore, despite being the most expensive period, the ideal holiday is in the middle of summer, especially to enjoy the wonderful sea.
However mid-seasons are less expensive, given the less sultry temperatures, and ideal for trekking lovers, but the sea water temperature will be lower.
In high season, flights are expensive but, starting on a weekday, you can also find some offers. Landed in Trapani you reach the chosen island with Siremar ferries, catamarans or hydrofoils. Travel times and fares vary depending on the vehicle: from 1 to 3 hours and from € 8,00 to € 16,00.
You can also take your car on the ferry but, from this point of view, on the islands, there are many limitations;
we recommend that you tour the islands by bike or scooter, means that will allow you to reach even the most hidden sites.
The accommodations are elegant and refined (from € 90,00 per room); the easiest and cheapest alternative is to rent an apartment (from € 60,00 per night).
A special experience is instead a holiday on a catamaran or sailing boat with skipper (from € 500,00 per week). Otherwise, you can limit yourself to a one-day excursion (from € 60,00).
The restaurants offer typical Sicilian dishes, all cooked with high quality raw materials; and are set for a medium / high target. Average of € 60,00 for a couple dinner.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -
- flights to Trapani from € 19,00 -
- Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 490,00 per person -