Book your berth at Favignana
Favignana is one of the most beautiful islands of the Aegadian Archipelago, situated around 7 km from the west coast of Sicily, between Trapani and Marsala. At 19 square kilometres, it is the biggest archipelago, and is also made up of Marettimo, Levanzo and two very suggestive rocks and a destination for lovers of sailing.
There are two principle attractions: Cala Principale and Punta Longa.
Cala Principale is circular, with an opening at the North and North West. From the western extremes of the bay there is a outer breakwater that runs to the North-West and is used to host ferrys.
The main quay instead starts from the Piazza Marina pier and is used for the boats from the port. It has a mixed sandy/rocky bed with the presence of algae, and there is also a petrol distributor.
The floating dock of Favignana Cala Principale can host 50 motor boats from 4 to 16 metres in length and provides drinking water and electricity. There is also a watchmen service who also give berth assistance 24 hours a day.
The largest of the Aegadian Islands is a magical place with mythical temperatures even in winter, and it represents a natural refuge for many species. In the Nature Reserva of the Marina delle Egadi, as well as the mediterranean shrub land, there is also rich bird life: the harrier, peregrine falcon, the griffon vulture, Bonelli’s eagle (Marettimo), the kestrel, the lesser kestrel, the vulture, the pelican, the pink flamingo, the storm petrel, the Northern Gannet, the shearwater, the Manx shearwater, herring gull, shag, the alpine swift, barn owls, thrushes, crested, raven and black nun (Marettimo).
If nature is the greatest richness of the island, the rest makes the stays of the tourists unique for those who chose the island for their holiday.
The presence of man in Favignana can be traced back to the upper Paleolithic era, and traces of this ancient human presences can be found principally in the grottoes of Faraglione and of the wells in the zone San Nicola. There is also traces of the ancient Greeks with the name Aegusa (Αιγούσα, island of the goat), as the land was inhabited by the Phoenicians until the year 241 B.C. when then Roman Army sunk the Carthaginian navy in the final battle of the first Punic wars known as the Battle of the Aegadian Islands, in which Sicily was finally won by Rome. After the fall of the Roman Empire the islands was left to the Vandals and the Goths and later to the Saracens.
In 1081 the Normans, under the governorship of Ruggero d’Altavilla, a village was created with the impressive fortifications still visible: the fort of San Giacomo (inside of which is the ex-prison of the city) and that of Santa Caterina (at the top of the mountain). From then on the islands followed the destiny of Sicily until the XVI century, passed to the Bourbons and became, along with the entire archipelago, property of the Pallavicini-Rusconi of Genova and then in 1874, of the Florio that increased the tuna fishing of the islands.
From the era of the Bourbons until fascism the island was used by the government above all as a prison and a place of confinement for political enemies. In the cells of S.Caterina, Giovanni Nicotera who was later liberated by Garibaldi after the Expedition of the Thousand.
During the Second World War the island due to the islands strategic position, a network of military fortifications and bunkers were created along the coast of which a large part are still visible today.
Favignana, from the times of Roman occupation, has been a source of white tuff that is used for building. The long presence of this extraction activity, particularly noticeable in the west of the island, has created large holes and caverns that have been transformed by citizens into orchards, gardens and even houses.
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