The Egadi Islands
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The Egadi archipelago deserves some time to be savored if cruisuing along south Sicilian coast.
A transparent sea a submarine world of grottos walls and rocky seabeds where gorgonias sponges and parazoanthus live together with lobsters scorpion-fish and crabs. In spring these seas become the "highways of tuna-fish" which is the island's chief source of employment of economic prosperity of poetry and of the legendary tales of these islands. The three egadian islands (the mythical "Aegades" of Homer's tale) are known as the islands of the goats and have been left almost entirely untouched by man. These natural reserves populated by migratory and non-migratory birds are covered by Indian figs dwarf-palms and Mediterranean shrub.
Tourism does not interrupt the quietness nor the silence that surrounds visitors looking for a world different from what they usually live in. Favignana Marettimo & Levanzo are the main islands of a group of microisles surrounded by numerous crags rising out of the sea like flowers in a waterfield.
Favignana the largest island has a 33-mile coastline. This isle is smooth like the "Favonio" wind that gives its name to the island and rough like the naked rocks and white tuft-caves that can be found along its sides. Favignana also casts a mysterious spell with its inland and coastline grottos; and its surrounding sea and the islands unique territory offer attractions.
Levanso lies 3 miles from Favignana and is the smallest egadi island. The white limestone and the green Mediterranean vegetation colour this isle (5 km2) which is rich in rocks rising vertically above the sea where numerous grottos lie at their base, where prehistoric men lived and hunted the migratory birds populating the island. These animals still represent a natural wealth that deserves protection and respect.
Marettimo, broke away from Sicily 600 thousand years ago and now lies 21 miles from its coast. From the 686 metres of Pizzo Falcone the rocky slopes fall perpendicularly into the sea. This island has a ragged coastline and is covered with a rich and varied vegetation of more than 500 rare botanical species as well as unique ones.
Many of the larger yachts, for cruising this area would be based on the mainland of Itlay, so please see our selection listed under YACHT CHARTER ITALY (in the Menu left) as the majority of these yachts will be more than happy for you to board & cruise in Sicily. For details of other yachts available & those specifically based in Sicily please contact us with your requirements.