The furthest of the Egadi islands, Marettimo, according to an old popular legend would actually be the legendary Ithaca. His name was in fact was Hierà Nésos which means sacred island. Now the name comes from the Latin Marìtima, it is thought for the abundant presence of wild thyme on the island.
The island is characterized, in fact, by a completely extraordinary flora. It is indeed the wildest of the archipelago, characterized by paths that lead to one uncontaminated nature, a jagged coast where there are numerous caves all with stalagmites, stalactites and bizarre-looking rock formations and a sea with incredible depths.
A characteristic landscape, given by the contrast of the white houses, the green of the dense vegetation and the blue of the sea, leaves any visitor to fall in love.
Here is a guide to Marettimo: how to get there, what to see and the most beautiful beaches.
- Where it is
- When to go? Info on climate and best time
- How to get to Marettimo and how to get around
- 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
- Where to eat in Marettimo: the best restaurants
- How much does a holiday in Marettimo cost? Prices, offers and advice
- User questions and comments
Where it is
It is one of the three largest islands of the Egadi archipelago, together with Favignana and Levanzo. It is located about 20 miles from Trapani, and has an area of about 12,5 sq km. It has just 680 inhabitants. The only one of the islands where you reach 686 meters in Monte Falcone. The closest airports are those of Trapani-Birgi and Palermo-Falcone Borsellino.
When to go? Info on climate and best time
- Weather: Mediterranean, warm and temperate with hot summers and humid and mild winters. August is the hottest month and January the coldest, with 14 °
- Best time: from June to September. May, June and September are perfect for experiencing the island between the various excursions, a little less for swimming, the water is still fresh (19 °). The summer months are very hot, therefore perfect for the sea
- Period to avoid: the temperature remains mild even in winter, but not suitable for enjoying the sea. August is the month with the most tourism. In October, temperatures are mild but the days are short and the weather can be rainy and windy
- Advice: the island is small, full of rocks, caves and slopes, it is perfect for trekking, bring your boots and immerse yourself in the paths! Since it is windy, do not forget a sweatshirt, shoes for the rocks and a mask to enjoy the seabed! There are coves and caves inaccessible by land, usually local fishermen make their boats available to take tourists: the tour lasts about 3 hours and costs about € 15,00
How to get to Marettimo and how to get around
- By plane: the nearest airports are Palermo-Punta Raisi and Trapani-Birgi - flights starting from € 22,00 -
- From the airport to Marettimo: from Palermo the Segesta line takes you to the port in 1 hour (€ 9,00). With AST da Birgi the route costs € 4,00 and arrives in 30 min. From here the Ustica Lines, Siremar or LybertyLines hydrofoils take you to the island in about 1 hour, the route costs € 17,00
- How to get around in Marettimo: only on foot, it is forbidden to drive by car. The town is just over 1 km! To reach distant coves and caves there is a taxi service by sea. In summer you can also participate in excursions made with the donkey
10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
- Cala Bianca: the most famous of the island. You can get there with a hard trekking route or comfortably by boat. You will be dazzled by the turquoise color of the water, diving you will discover enchanting seabeds and an infinity of little fishes that swim with you.
- Scalo Vecchio and Scalo Nuovo: they are easily accessible, close to the town and also access to the water is simple, therefore also suitable for families with children.
- Punta Libeccio and Cala Nera: the path to reach Punta Libeccio is very suggestive, under the lighthouse you will find the cove, a little difficult to reach, so we recommend that you reach it by boat. Perfect backdrops for snorkeling.
- Cretazzo beach: reachable with a two-hour walk. One of the most beautiful coves accessible by land. The waters are turquoise, don't forget the mask to observe the unique beauty of the seabed!
- Praia Nacchi: a twenty minute walk, it is a small pebble beach, a very quiet place, never crowded. It is ideal for those who love silence and nature, and for snorkeling. In the afternoon it is in the shade.
- Rotolo beach: reachable in 15 minutes on foot, also suitable for children. It is a small cove of stones with a clear and easily accessible sea.
- Cave of the Camel: one of the most beautiful, we advise you to visit it in the central hours of the day, when the rays that filter create a truly suggestive play of colors.
- Roman houses: it is a monumental complex of the Roman period, with a square structure. From here it is possible to enjoy a breathtaking view.
- Castle of Punta Troia: 3,5 km from the town, reachable by a dirt path or comfortably by boat. This castle will allow you to discover the history of the island and will give you a postcard setting.
- Boat trip: the tour allows you to really know the island, you will discover all the enchanting caves and inlets of the coast. Enjoying a turquoise sea and relaxing.
Where to eat in Marettimo: the best restaurants
The island offers a exquisite cuisine rich in flavors and aromas. Do not miss the pasta with sardines, busiate (typical pasta) with pesto alla trapanese, fish couscous, caponata, grilled fish.
Although small, there are numerous restaurants, trattoria bars that also offer quick meals. Fish is omnipresent and very fresh, but there are also various typical land proposals which you absolutely cannot give up!
- Trattoria il Veliero: restaurant on the sea, offers typical Sicilian cuisine, mostly made with the catch of the day.
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: Corso Umberto Primo, 22 (Get directions) / tel: 0923 923274
- Tramontana coffee: a place where you can have excellent aperitifs at sunset, but also where you can taste typical dishes.
Average price per person: € 15,00
Address and contacts: via Campi- Scalo Vecchio (Get directions) / Facebook page
- The Galley: if you want to try a meat dish this is the place for you! They will make you taste typical delicacies accompanied by a good glass of wine.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via G.Garibaldi, 5 (Get directions) / tel: 0923 923441
How much does a holiday in Marettimo cost? Prices, offers and advice
It is not a very expensive island. The intermediate seasons, May, June or September, October, are the ideal seasons for trekking, and also the least expensive ones. In winter the island is practically uninhabited, the main structures are closed and very often there are no connections due to the rough sea.
In the summer, peak season, the prices are higher, however if you book in time you can save.
Palermo and Trapani airports are served by lowcost airlines like Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, which will allow you to fly at low cost.
As for accommodation, the island has offers for any request, from luxury hotels, residences, several B & Bs or if you want to be more free from timetables there are landlords that cost around € 50,00 per night.
There are several restaurants, trattorias where you can enjoy an excellent dish for about € 25,00 / € 30,00.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
- Flights to Palermo or Trapani from € 22,00 -
- Return flight + 3 days / 2 nights from € 190,00 per person
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