Islands and Archipelagos
Kissed by the sun and held in the warm embrace of the sea as it weaves through rocky coves and grottos and laps against dreamy beaches, Sicily’s lesser islands are steeped in history and blessed with breathtaking seascapes and scenery. Every island boasts its own unique traditions, colours and scents and its own cuisine. From little Levanzo to unspoilt Marettimo and to Favignana with its wonderful beaches, the Egadi archipelago just a short ferry trip from Trapani, is best loved for its sea and its protected marine reserve. The Aeolian archipelago, off the north-east coast, a UNESCO world heritage site, is made up of 7 islands: the remote Filicudi and Alicudi, the tourist destination of Panarea, Salina, known as the green island, Lipari, the heart of the archipelago, Vulcano and Stromboli with their ever-active volcanoes. The island of Pantelleria, to the south of Sicily is also of volcanic origin. Nearer to the coast of Tunisia than to Sicily, this island with its irresistible middle-eastern charm, has a wealth of nature trails and hot springs, ideal for those healthy holidays.