On a gulet in the Egadi islands of Favignana and Levanzo

“I was born in Sicily, and there, man is born as an island on the island.” - Luigi Pirandello

A day aboard a wooden gulet in the waters of the largest marine area in ​​Europe: the Egadi Islands. We sail to the islands of Favignana and Levanzo, on a sea that has so many mythical stories to tell and an infinite beauty to discover.

The destinations of the boat trip are two islands of the Egadi archipelago: Favignana the butterfly and Levanzo, the smallest and wildest.

Once sailed towards Favignana it is impossible to get tired of the scenarios that open up before the eyes: the famous and spectacular coves - Cala Rossa, Cala Azzurra, Bue Marino - the crystalline sea of the nature reserve, the mythical landscapes where Ulisse arrived, told in the Odyssey.

The name Cala Rossa, for example, is said to derive from a Punic naval battle: a bloody struggle, in which the Romans got the better of the Carthaginians. A struggle that transformed the blue waters of the cove into blood red.
Anchored off the island, the captain offers passengers a lunch prepared by himself, based on typical Sicilian products: couscous and grilled fresh fish. In the end, a stop at the port, to freely visit the streets of the historic center of the island.

Leaving Favignana, a stop in Levanzo for another swim in the blue. Upon request, the crew provides all the equipment to do some snorkeling and discover the seabed of this little paradise, located at the extreme west of Sicily, which boasts of being the largest protected marine area in Europe.

Levanzo is the smallest of the Egadi archipelago, a white terrace overlooking the sea. A hundred inhabitants and no roads, primitive and wild, the island is a memory with a salty taste and blue hues.

Michele, the captain of the Turkish sailing ship Ariva II, is a man of water born on Garda Lake. Passionate about freediving and underwater fishing, he sailed in Turkish ships, along the coasts kissed by the Mediterranean Sea and among the Greek islands. Fascinated by the typical Sicilian cordiality, he finally chose as a destination the same of many navigators of the past: Trapani and the Egadi.

This wooden gulet is a great-grandson of the boat Amerigo Vespucci and 26 meters long, which makes you feel like his home: together with the crew, he waits for passengers at the port of Trapani with a smile and a welcome cocktail. The gulet has ample space (sundeck, corner bar) and can accommodate up to 30 people.

Perfect for

lovers of Greek mythology and romantic pirates.

What you'll need:

a swimming costume and a copy of the Odyssey.

Who you'll meet:

Captain Michele and the two sailors in his team; other passengers.

Where

Duration

8h

Meeting point

Banchina Marinella, Via Ammiraglio Staiti 95, Trapani

Included

Lunch and drinks.

Not included

Transit tax for the marine protected area of Egadi Islands.