Egadi Islands – Pantelleria 14 days

Itinerary for the Egadi Islands and Pantelleria

The Egadi Islands, and from there Pantelleria, can be easily reached by boarding our boats in Palermo.

This itinerary has been designed for you traveling at an average speed of 6 knots per hours.

The program is designed for a two week trip Palermo-Egadi-Palermo

Day 1 Palermo

Boarding time is 6pm followed by assigning of accommodations on board and an information briefing. It will be your choice to either depart immediately or to spend the night at the Palermo marina taking in some of the city and tasting the traditional cannoli with ricotta.

Day 2 San Vito Lo Capo (34 miles, approx. 5h)

Departure at 8am going in the direction of San Vito Lo Capo. It will be possible to make a brief stop in the Bay of Castellamare del Golfo, and to go for a swim in the Tonnara of Scopello. After sailing along the Riserva dello Zingaro, we will reach San Vito Lo Capo in late afternoon. It will be your choice to either dock at the marina or lay anchor in a sheltered cove. The average docking expense is 60euro per sailboat. A must do – to taste the Gelato caldo and the cous-cous.

Day 3 Favignana (24 miles, approx. 4h)

Departure for Favignana is in the morning. We will then pass near the Tonnara of Bonagia and the Cliff of the Asinelli. Favignana got its name during medieval times from the Favonio wind (the west-wind). The Greeks called it Aegusa. This island looks almost like a butterfly that has come to rest on the Mediterranean waters. It still holds the ancient secrets of terrible battles fought in Cala Rossa in 241B.C. by the Romans and the Carthaginians. The Mattanza is the traditional tuna fishing technique inherited from the Arabs. Legend has it, if you listen to the sounds of the sea it is possible to hear the songs and shouts of the fishermen during the Mattanza. After watching the sun go down from Punta Sottile, we will dock in the harbor (average docking expense 60euro per sailboat). During the summer it is nice to take a walk in the center of town, eat out at one of the small restaurants along the main street and have a chance to listen to live music coming from the festivals that are held each year.

Places to see are the Florio Palace and Cala Rossa which is the symbol of the island. Things to taste – BUSIATI, traditional pasta that gets its shape from the knitting irons that are used to make them, seasoned with local herbs.

Day 4 – Marettimo (11 miles approx. 2h)

In the morning we will head for Marettimo, an unusual island with irresistible appeal. The island is green and rocky, full of marine grottoes and mineral spring. It would be best to sail around the island completely to see all its natural beauty. Please be aware there are several restricted areas only accessible with authorized boats. The National Marine Preserve occupies 60% of the coastal area almost the entire west side of the island which is a restricted area.

It is possible to stop in the many coves in the areas where sailing is permitted by park regulations. Docking is scheduled for the early afternoon in one of the 2 harbors that are located on opposite sides of the same town. One is Scalo Nuovo and the other is Scalo Vecchio. The wind will determine which harbor we dock at. You will be greeted by white square houses and baby-blue fishing boats berthed at the wharf.

The most common tour of the island begins at the harbor and goes north toward the castle and the many grottoes. The best places to go scuba diving are in the park area and accessible only accompanied by authorized personnel. The western side of the island is incredible in its resemblance to the Dolomites. Here we suggest you take the time to see everything.

Day 5 Marettimo- Favignana- Levanzo (13 miles, approx. 2h)

Departure in the morning goes toward the west coast of Favignana where you may have lunch and spend the day in one of the coves. In the late afternoon, you may sail to Levanzo, the smallest of the Egadi Islands. This island is considered untouched and semi-unexplored yet it holds a great treasure – a set of Neolithic paintings in the Genovese Cave. You will spend the night anchored in a sheltered cove.

Day 6 Levanzo (23 miles, approx. 4h)

Wake-up in Levanzo with a possibility to visit the small, romantic village and take a guided tour to the Genovese Grotto with the option to go by boat or by foot.

In the afternoon, departure in direction of Monte Cofano (north of Trapani), were you can stop to admire the fishing village along the way.

During this entire trip the main attraction is still the pure, crystal blue sea. She will rock you with her waves.

Day 7 -8-9 Pantelleria (127 miles, approx. 21h)

Departure in the morning in direction of Pantelleria where you will arrive during the night. Here you will wake up in total tranquility experiencing nature in all of its beauty. This island is blessed with a wonderful coast line, beautiful beaches, coves, grottoes and stacks. The grotto called “Pertusa di Notaro” is also known as “Cavità del Freddo” (cold cavity) because of the cold air that comes out of the cracks; in these grottoes you can also find minerals such as basalt, cossyrite, obsidian and trachytes. Other places to visit are: the Arch of the Elephant, a rock that looks like the head of an elephant that is drinking from the sea; the Balata dei Turchi, a small cove where pirates used to land; the cove of Nicà,; the town of Scauri and the harbor; the bay of Punta Fram; and the Punta Tre Pietre. The island is a great place for sailing at any time of year. Gadir has natural pools of thermal water that maintain the temperature at 50° Celsius all year around, making it pleasant to bathe even in the winter. Thermal waters are found also in the Grotto of Sataria, near the harbor in Scauri, the Lake of Venus and in Nicà.

DAY 10 Pantelleria-Mazara del Vallo (60 miles, approx. 10h)

In the morning, departure in direction of Mazara Del Vallo.

The city of Mazara Del Vallo rises on the left bank of the river Mazaro along the western coast of Sicily between Boeo and Capo San Marco. The life and economy of this town has always revolved around the sea, and today it is still the fish market economic center of the Mediterranean. The area is full of wineries known all over the world.

DAY 11Favignana (24 miles, approx. 4h 20min.)

You can spend the day relaxing and enjoying the sea.

DAY 12 Ustica (11 miles, approx. 2 h)

Departure in the morning toward Ustica. To discover the beauty of this island we shall sail around it. This island has been a Natural Marine Preserve since 1987 and it is divided in 3 areas. The red area is called the A ZONE and is marked by yellow buoys. This area is 350 meters wide and goes to the depth of 30 meters. You cannot enter this area. The other areas allow sailing!

In the last 30 years, the fauna of this area has grown exponentially making this the world capital for scuba diving. All you need is an underwater mask to begin to discover the numerous life forms that inhabit these waters. It is very easy to see big sea-bass or schools of Mediterranean barracudas.

The town of Ustica lies in front of the only inlet of the island and it is also the only landing place: Cala Santa Maria. The remains of the ancient fortress of Capo Falconara, built in the 17th century to defend the island from Saracens, towers above Cala Santa Maria.

DAY 13 Ustica –Palermo (13 miles, approx. 2h)

Departure for Palermo mid-morning. Arrival time in Palermo’s marina is set for 6pm.

DAY 14 Disembark in Palermo

9am Time to leave the boat.