The enchanting island of Favignana is the largest of the Egadian Islands, floating in the crystal clear waters off Sicily's western coast. Located just a short boat trip from Trapani, the main appeal of this popular holiday destination is the jewel-toned water that surrounds this butterfly-shaped island, a glorious aquamarine that entices visitors to swim, snorkel and dive into its cooling depths. Favignana is also renowned for its fascinating calcarenite rock caves.
The vibrant history of Sicily infuses the shores of Favignana. The island's rocky landscape reveals numerous caves dating back to Paleolithic times, where residents later hid from pirate attacks. The historical ruin, Fort of Santa Caterina, built by the Arabs and Normans to fortify the island, stands on a hillside, presiding over the main town. Additionally, it is possible to view the traditional tonnara or tuna fishery, an industry which has played a pivotal part in Favignana's economy over the years, along with the impressive limestone quarries that pepper the north-east coast.
One of the key elements of Favignana's charm is the easy-going ambience, characteristic of traditional Sicilian life. Despite the accessible nature of the island group, they have escaped the hefty influx of tourist development; Favignana holidays allow total immersion in local life as you wander the pedestrianised streets and watch the world go by from the shady piazzas.
Our Favignana villas and apartments will allow you to truly absorb the culture of the Sicilian people and relax into the traditional way of life. Keeping your own timetable and enjoying your own space, you can use your home-away-from-home to explore the treasures of this jewel of the Egadi Sea.
Luxury villa, Suite Aegusana could be your dream holiday home, complete with its own private
swimming pool and sun terrace, nestled in a lovingly constructed, Mediterranean garden. Just as with our other Sicilian properties, unique amenities can be provided on request – in this instance, guided tours, shopping services and car rental.
A holiday on Favignana is a wonderful opportunity to escape the madding crowds and relax into a life that's a little more comfortable. Exploring the island by foot or bicycle is easy due to the predominantly flat landscape; you will enjoy discovering the secret bays and rocky coves dotted along the coastline. Additionally, there are plenty of fisherman down at the harbour who can arrange boat trips to hidden beauty spots and nearby islands.
Whether you are seeking quiet coves and beaches, craving refreshing dips in the Egadi Sea or simply want to stroll around the historical town and settle into island life, choosing a Favignana villaor apartment for your holiday guarantees a magical and relaxing experience.
The breath-taking colours of the Egadi Sea are the stuff postcards are made of. Why not organise a boat trip at the harbour to explore other parts of the island, secret beaches or the neighbouring islands? Ask at one of the tourist offices in town for your choice of excursion – snorkelling and diving opportunities abound in these crystal-clear waters, or perhaps you would rather enjoy fishing for your supper?
For those who prefer to remain on dry land or swim from the shore, Favignana plays host to a variety of little beaches – many are difficult to reach, but that is all part of the adventure. Cala Rossa is a popular swimming bay whilst the nearby Grotta del Bue Marino is one of Favignana's best kept secrets due to its stunning, clear water and hidden locale. Sandy options include Cala Azzurra and Lido Burrone, a particular favourite of those with young children.
Favignana apartments and villas are based in and around the main town, amongst picturesque, traditional buildings as well as a smattering of shops and places to eat and drink. It is also possible to discover the key historical sights on foot although bicycles can be hired with ease. Drop by the Florio Tonnara, the old tuna fishery recently restored to showcase Favignana's history of tuna fishing. If you
happen to visit in May or June, you may witness La Mattanza, a traditional event where the tuna are trapped and then bludgeoned to death in a rather gory fashion.
The key historical monument of Favignana is the Castello di Santa Caterina, an abandoned and ruined fortress perched high on the hill. It is worth making the climb for the spectacular views out to sea.
Since the Roman times, the soft rock of Favignana, a form of limestone known as tufa, has been a cornerstone of local industry. The rock attracts tourists with sights such as the old limestone quarries and the curious coastal caves that litter the western coast. Grotta Azzurra is named for the stunning blue waters that flow into the cave; it is said that Grotta dei Sospiri utters sighs during the winter months; and the Grotta degli Innamorati is named for the twin rocks within, entwined against the back wall like lovers.
Explore the rest of the Egadian Islands, Favignana's smaller siblings, Levanzo and Marettimo, either as a day trip or for a longer stay. Or take the 30 minute hydrofoil service back to the charming port town