Coastal islands of Sicily

Lampedusa, ©lucasiragusa/Flickr

Lampedusa, ©lucasiragusa/Flickr

Sicily per se is a fabulous holiday location however there are several beautiful and magnificent islands in its surrounding area which also make a perfect vacation getaway with their spectacular beaches. Find the most suitable little island for you and your friends or family. Above we will serve you with some information about the island of Favignana, Pantelleria, Lampedusa, Ustica and the Islets. Choose the one that best suits your needs and expectations. There are large ones and smaller ones, ancient ones and ones with a volcano. No matter what, all make a lovely holiday destination.

Island of Favignana

Favignana, previously valled Aegusa, meaning ’goat’ island’ is situated close to Trapani. The island makes part of the Egadian Islands specifically it is the largest among them. Favignana is mostly known for tuna fishing and during the summer season it is quite popular.

Island of Favignana, ©marcccy/Flickr

Island of Favignana, ©marcccy/Flickr

The island can be reached from Trapani by ferry boat. One of its special things is the mattanza, which is a traditional event organized every year. The island is usually crowded by italians however lately there are more and more foreign visitors coming to Favignana. Come to the island of Favignana and get a nice suntan at its best beaches: Cala Minnola or Cala Rossa.

Pantelleria

Pantelleria is located about 70 km from Tunisia and about 100 km from the coast of Sicily. Visit this island abounding in ancient history and mythology. Take a look at the remarkable Phoenician walls, lie in the shade of the olive trees and taste the incredibly delicious capers. The name Pantelleria comes from an Arabic phrase: Bent al Rhia. The phrase means daughter of the wind which suits well for the weather on the island is generally quite windy.

Pantelleria, ©roncaglia/Flickr

Pantelleria, ©roncaglia/Flickr

Pantelleria has vast vineyards and they produce the Passito di Pantelleria and the Moscato di Pantelleria. Visit its most popular sight, the Mirror of Venus and the stone mounds from the Neolithic age. For moments of relaxation pay a visit at one of the several thermal springs, such as Montestero or Gadir. The island can be reached by ferry boat or hydrofoil from Trapani. Rent a moped and tour around the island. Also don’t forget to go for a dip at Balata dei Turchi beach.

Lampedusa

Another Sicilian island is Lampedusa, the most southern part of the country and also the largest island of the Pelagian Islands. Until the middle of the 1900s the island of Lampedusa belonged to a family called Tomasi. Its most important attractions are the military facilities and prisons. The island can be reaches by ferry boat from Porto Empedocle or by airplane. Its best beaches are Cala Croce, Cala Greca, Cala Maluk and Spiaggia dei Congili.

Lampedusa, ©lucasiragusa/Flickr

Lampedusa, ©lucasiragusa/Flickr

Ustica

This small island is situated near Palermo and can be reached by ferry boat. The island is volcanic and its most popular attractions are the Phoenician tombs and ruins, the marine reserve and the coastal caverns.

Ustica Island, ©iz4aks/Flickr

Ustica Island, ©iz4aks/Flickr

Islets

Another small island or rather a group of islands on the coastal region of Sicily are the Cyclops Islets which are famous for their mythological and historical background. It is said to be the location of Mount Etna, the home of the Cyclops visited by Odysseus. Isola delle Femmine is also part of this group of islands which was said to be a place where unfaithful wives were sent in exile. Today only migratory birds live there.

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