Favignana, a little gem of an island just off the coast of Sicily, has been compared to the Caribbean and with good reason. Part of the Egadi archipelago, the water here is crystal clear and bright blue, possibly the most exotic seascape you will find in Europe! The good news is that a day trip from Trapani to Favignana is super easy and accessible.
Whilst if you are seeking peace and quiet, you may think to move from Trapani to Favignana for a few days serenity, but for most, a day trip is all you need. The island is small – 14 square miles – and a day is all you need to get a really good feel for the place and to visit as many of the beaches and landmarks as possible.
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Getting from Trapani to Favignana
Getting from Trapani to Favignana is super easy. Just make your way to the port and there is a hut there for ‘Liberty Lines’ ferries. You can book your ticket here and there is no need to pre-book. I bought mine at 9 am in April. You may wish to turn up a little earlier or book the night before if you are here in peak season as I suspect it will be busier.
You will need to choose your return ferry time in advance. I took the 9.40 AM ferry from Trapani to Favignana and then booked a return from Favignana at 17.20 PM – this felt like adequate time to explore the island. The ferry itself takes 30 minutes each way.
Getting about on Favignana Island
Since Favignana is so small, there are very few cars on the roads. Whilst you can rent a car to get about, really there is no need. A much nicer way to travel is my bike or moped. I went somewhere in between and hired a bike with a motor. I’d never tried one of these before and it was so much fun! You can really gather some speed and the feeling of cycling at high speed, overtaking the regular bikes with the wind rushing through your hair, is just amazing! I was sorry to hand my bike back at the end of the day!
Whilst the island is not especially hilly and you don’t necessarily need a motorised bike, I would recommend paying the extra as the additional speed will allow you to get about faster. Therefore you will be able to tick more places off your Favignana bucket list in one day.
To hire a regular bike it costs €5/ day
To hire a motorised bike it €15/ day
To hire a scooter it costs approx €20 / day
(prices as of April 2018)
If there is a group of you, there are also opportunities to hire a boat or even take an organised sailing trip. Personally, I recommend the bike option as it will give you the most choice and flexibility.
Whilst I did also see people walking between each beach, I do not recommend this. It is a small island but perhaps not small enough to do it justice in one day on foot!
Finding your way around Favignana Island
Firstly, pick up a map when you first get off the boat or get one from your bike hire shop. But please note, whilst a map is useful, they are not very accurate! Do not rely solely on them! If your first stop is Calla Rossa (see below) then you’ll find it well signposted. Head out of town keeping the ocean on your left and follow signs – you’ll find it easily.
Admittedly the signs after Calla Rossa get a little less reliable but in general, if you hug the coast, you should get to see the main beaches. Most of the highlights of the island are on the east side. With one day, it is best to stick to the East and you can reach the port again by cutting through the middle, keeping the hills to your left. I’d given up on the map at this point but I was able to easily work out where I was meant to go by looking at the landscape!
Where to visit on Favignana Island
The most famous bay on the island and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular! Never before have I seen an ocean that blue! It reminded me of the glacial lakes in New Zealand which are made bright blue by the mineral fragments reflecting light.
The coral makes pretty patterns in the seascape and the water looks so inviting. I only wish I could have taken a swim but carrying all my camera gear and travelling solo made that tricky!
Not only was the ocean incredibly pretty, but the landscape surrounding was also pretty incredible. Soft limestone rocks eroded away and also used for making stone bricks for building, the rocky scenery is nothing short of impressive. You will find huge towers of eroded rocks and caves to hide from the heat.
Just as spectacular as Calla Rossa, these were my two favourite places on the Island. The ocean is here is just incredible. Looking down on it the colours vary from the deepest navy to the palest aqua. Whilst there is no beach as such, it is still a popular swimming location and you can see why!
You’ll also find some interesting caves here. Use them to cool off if you are visiting in the middle of summer!
There is a proper beach somewhere around here but I struggled to find it. But what I did find was a dramatic scene of yet more multicoloured azure waters lapping against a red sandstone rugged coastline.
La Costa Cafe
Whilst you’ll find the occasional beach restaurant, none are so nice as La Costa which I stumbled upon mid-route to Lido Burrone. I contemplated carrying on but am so glad I decided not to. It was a much nicer place for lunch! Whilst there’s no beach here and the landscape is pretty rugged, there are plenty of spaces to relax with day beds and deck chairs.
The outdoor bar and cafe serves a basic selection of sandwiches or salads but also serves an array of cocktails. I settled for some prosecco instead and then found myself wondering what the rules are about drinking and electric bikes!
This for me was the least spectacular of the beaches I visited. However, it is probably the most easily accessible with shallow water so it seems to be the most family friendly. There are a couple of bar/restaurants but I still prefer La Costa Cafe above!
Not a beach so much as just a really pretty view across the speckled ocean to the hills. In April, wildflowers were blooming which framed this lovely scene.
Don’t miss out Favignana town itself. I enjoyed cycling leisurely around its quiet back alleys getting some insight into the non-touristy side of life on Favignana. I did eventually stumble on the main street which was much busier by comparison and there were several bars and restaurants.
Up until this point, Favignana had seemed so quiet I found myself wondering if anyone was actually living here!
Finally make your way back to the port, nab yourself an ice cream and then wander along the jetty watching the fishermen at work. They were kind, allowing me to take photos and film them working – but please ask permission first! It’s then time to hop on the ferry from Favignana to Trapani!
Have you taken a day trip from Trapani to Favignana? I’d love to know what you thought! Where else have you been that has an ocean like this? Can you see the similarity with the Caribbean? As always, I love hearing from you so pop a comment below!
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