The far west

MARSALA – MARETTIMO – FAVIGNANA & LEVANZO

The far west, Sailing Bubbles itinerary © Il cielo in una sogliola

When: July – August
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Boarding and disembarking: Marsala

Check in: Saturday at 16:00
Check out: Saturday at 10:00

Available activities: sailing, scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, trekking, kayaking, archeological tours, food and wine tasting

The far west, Sailing Bubbles itinerary © Il cielo in una sogliola

When: July – August
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Boarding and disembarking: Marsala

Check in: Saturday at 16:00
Check out: Saturday at 10:00

Available activities: sailing, scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, trekking, kayaking, archeological tours, food and wine tasting

Marsala

Located just in front of the Egadi islands, Marsala is first and foremost a small gem.

On our way back to the Marina, we will walk only a few steps to lose ourselves in the baroque old town vibes, in authentic Sicilian summer style.

If you wish to stay a few days more around, don’t miss the nearby iconic Saline and the small island of Mozia, a Phoenician archeogical site.

It’s not for nothing that Marsala is world-famous for the sweet wine with its own name: the surrounding region is literally covered with vineyards. Unsurprisingly, with excellent wine goes excellent food, even more so because the prices here are still reasonable.

Marettimo

Since more than 30 years now the Egadi Islands are the largest Marine Protected Area in Europe. This has led their seas to be as wealthy as ever, which in turn makes diving here, and more particularly in Marettimo, among the best in the whole Mediterranean Sea.

Marettimo is the most impressive island of the Archipelago. Seen from the sea level it is a dolomitic mountain sharp and wild. Outside its tiny and only village, pictoresque and car-free, only wilderness. The island is a true hermitage of peace and beauty.

We will sleep and swim while anchored at the shade of the mountain, we will hike up until Punta Basana at one end and Punta Troia at the other… And we won’t forget to taste the famous red tuna steak, of course fished right around the corner.

Favignana & Levanzo

At the Egadi Islands history is everywhere, from the engravings and paintings in Levanzo’s Grotta del Genovese to the echoes of Punic War I fought here by Romans and Cartaginians.

The remnants of the latter, found underwater, are exhibited in Favignana’s Museum of the Tonnara, a must-see destination fundamental also to understand how the island has been living for centuries out of the red tuna fishing industry.

At another level, both islands have such crystal clear and bright bays given by the erosion of the fragile calcareous rock (a sort of tuff rock) they are made of. Anchoring here really is a privilege, as we are soaked in the most stunning beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

Underwater

The crystal-clear waters of Marettimo are especially impressive for their benthic biodiversity. Dive sites such as San Simone and Punta Basana, for instance, host corals (yellow, white, and violescent sea-whips, leptogorgia, gold coral) and alcyonarians as shallow as 20 meters.

Beside, the creation of the largest Marine Protected Area in the Mediterranean has brought back a remarkable quantity of fish, among which groupers, dentex, schools of barracudas and not seldom eagle rays.

For the most experiences divers, exploring the so-called Cathedral cave will be a mystic and unique experience.

Also within the Egadi Islands Marine Protected Area, Favignana and Levanzo host dives that are sheer explotions of life.

The coralligenous habitat is abundant here too, but there’s more variety in the seascapes, with schools of barracudas and small fish glittering on several shallows, walls, and canyons.

Levanzo hides a gem: the archeological dive site of Cala Minnola, where we are surrounded by Dressel 1 amphoras from a 1st century BC Roman ship.