Egadi Islands 7 days

Itinerary for the Egadi Islands The Egadi Islands 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 an hours. The program is designed for a one 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 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 roadstead. The average docking expense is 60euro per sailboat.  A must is to taste the Gelato caldo  and the cous-cous.

Day 3 Favignana (24miles, 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 on 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 nitting irons that are used to make them, seasoned with local herbs.

Day 4 – Marettimo (11miles 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 don’t miss out on the opportunity to see all this.

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  uncontaminated and semi-unexplored yet it holds a great treasure – a set of Neolithic paintings in the Genovesa Cave. You will spend the night anchored in a roadstead.

Day 6 Levanzo-San Vito Lo Capo (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 star is still the pure, crystal blue sea.  She will rock you with her waves. In the late afternoon, we will departure toward San Vito Lo Capo.

Day 7 San Vito Lo Capo-Mondello (34miles, aprox 5h) Departure toward Palermo around noon. Before reaching your destination it is possible to stop in the Gulf of Mondello . Arrival time in Palermo’s marina is set for 6p.m.

Day 8 disembark in Palermo 8a.m. time to leave the boat.