Favignana: treks, diving and exquisite beaches

The island of Favignana is one of the jewels, together with Marettimo, Formica, Galeotta and Levanzo, which make up the crown of the Egadi islands of Trapani. Despite their small size – 19 square kilometres with 33 kilometres of coast – their beautiful coast and attractive inland areas are an unforgettable sight. Often swept by the west wind which has given it its bare, wild appearance and its characteristic Mediterranean maquis made up of low growing shrubs on rocky ground alternating sandy areas with woody, robust vegetation Favignana used to be called ‘goat island’.

favignana beach

Beach in Favignana - © ina-maria

Diving and snorkelling. Favignana is suitable for divers of all abilities. Cala Rotonda and Scoglio Corrente are linked together by an underwater channel which continues to the visitable cave of Cala Rotonda. Other zones where diving is allowed are Secca del Toro, Secca Sciubba and Punta Faragliona and you can see a great many marine species in them. The underwater coast is a natural wonder of reddish or pure white cliffs, depending on sediments, covered with sponges, anemones and many other species of coral. Diving is not allowed in the south-eastern part of the island because it is a protected archaeological area with finds dating to the First Punic War.

Beaches. Cala Azzurra and Lido Burrone, both sandy and easy for everyone from the youngest to the oldest to get to, are two of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The most beautiful landscapes are to be found on Cala Rossa and on the Bue Marino bays, both tufa mining areas which has created caves which are hundreds of metres wide. Punta Sottile and Cala Rotonda are also worthy of a special mention for their reddish sand as is Punta Faraglione whose steep, rocky coastline can be got to on narrow footpaths. You get a great view from Punta Marsala’s lighthouse and you’ll be charmed by Punta Longa’s wild appearance and its fishing village.

Treks. Mt. Santa Caterina is only 300 metres high but it is quite a challenge for trekking enthusiasts nonetheless. It only takes a little over an hour to reach the summit and from there the views are limitless. There’s a fort on the top which was built in the twelfth century by Ruggero II the Norman that has been used as a prison, a watchtower and a fort over the centuries.

How to get there. Favignana has good links with the port of Trapani.

Where to sleep. There are hotels and holiday homes on the island of Favignana.