Are you looking for a brief holiday in June, right at the beginning of summer? We suggest a cabin charter sailing holiday and cruise on board of a Dufour 450, 500 or 525 in the fabulous Aegadian islands, gems of Sicily and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as South Italy.
The Aegadian islands, wild and full of history, are sorrounded by a crystal clear sea lapping little white beaches and jagged coasts, in which deep caves carved into the stone open up, among caper plantations, fruit trees, vineyards and rare Mediterranean plants. The archipelago includes three main islands, Favignana (the island in the shape of a butterfly and landing port of legendary Ulysses), Levanzo (the smallest and wildest of the Aegadians which holds a jewel besides trekking and sea excursions: the Neolithic paintings of Genovese cave), Marettimo (green and mountainous, full of springs and spectacular marine caves) and two huge rocks, Maraone and Formica. The Aegadian islands host the largest natural marine reserve in Italy and a careful and conscious tourism. Here, still nowadays, the traditional slaughter is celebrated as a ritual and together with the exceptional sea bottoms, the numerous historic findings and the beauty of pristine nature, is an evocative feature that will leave you breathless.
The charter cruise will cover the following destinations:
- Favignana: With its 19.4 sqkm and its 3500 inhabitants, it's the largest and most populated island of the archipelago. It has the characteristic shape of a butterfly, the eastern part of the island is the flattest and most populated. The Greeks called it Aegusa, the modern name comes from "Favonio", the west wind.
- Levanzo: Rough and rocky, it's the smallest among the three main islands of the archipelago. Full of caves, Levanzo is famous for Genovese grotto, which was discovered in 1949 and hosts pre-historic graffiti bearing witness of human presence on the island dating back to over 10,000 years ago. Levanzo's sea bottoms are really spectacular for their beauty and for the variety of marine wildlife.
- Marettimo: Marettimo is one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean Sea. The island is actually a mountain of dolomitic origin, whose highest peak reaches 686 meters. An excursion on the island offers the sight of woods, cliffs and extremely beautiful views.