Sicily and its islands form a great fabulous archipelago characterized by transparent waters, naturalistic treasures and traditions to be discovered.
The Sicilian islands
Sicily, in addition to the main island, has in its territory other 105 islands. Of these ones, only 18 are inhabited, the rest are smaller islands, rocks and stacks.
These islands form various archipelagos: the Egadi archipelago, the Aeolian archipelago, the Pelagie archipelago, the Stagnone islands and the Ciclopi islands, to which we can still add the islands of Pantelleria and Ustica.
The Egadi archipelago
Right in front of the coast of Trapani, the Egadi islands are one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the whole Mediterranean. It’s composed of three islands: Favignana, Marettimo and Levanzo, the rock of Maraone and the small islet of Formica. If you love the sea, snorkeling and unspoiled nature, you’re in the right place! The main islands can be reached by ferry from Trapani.
It’s the largest island and certainly the starting point for a holiday in the Egadi Islands. In addition to the beaches, on the island do not miss a visit to the Tonnara, which has long been the main activity on the island. In the north-eastern area of the island you will find the tuff quarries, while if you prefer to take a dip, we recommend you reach Cala Rossa and Bue Marino, in the eastern part of the island.
It’s the most wild and untouched island of the entire archipelago and is the best place to dive; it deserves a long stop for the many sea caves that you can visit by taking a boat trip, to the Castle of Punta Troia and for trekking in the nature.
It’s the smallest of the archipelago and you can reach it for its sandy and rocky beaches, the secluded coves and the Grotta del Genovese.
The Pelagie archipelago
Another important Sicilian archipelago is that of the Pelagie Islands, near the coasts of Africa. The main islands that compose it are Linosa, Lampedusa, Isola dei Conigli and Lampione.
It’s a small island of volcanic origin where a few hundred people live permanently. It’s a true natural paradise made up of dark-colored beaches and beautiful expanses of figs.
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The largest of the Pelagie, it will leave you breathless. It’s no coincidence that this is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, here you won’t find vegetation but only land parched by the sun and wonderful beaches such as Cala Croce, Guitgia and Isola dei Conigli.
The Lampione island is an uninhabited rocky island not too far from Lampedusa.
The Aeolian archipelago
It is located about 20 km north of the Sicilian coast and is composed of 7 islands of volcanic origin and a series of smaller islands.
The largest of the Aeolian Islands, it’s of volcanic origin and was modeled by 12 volcanoes. Here you will find wonderful beaches and breathtaking trekking paths, one of the most beautiful will take you to discover the beach of Valle Muria.
It’s one of the islands of the archipelago with the most active nightlife, many ferries depart from Lipari until late at night.
It’s one of the islands to be preferred if you like to stay in uncrowded places. Its name derives from an ancient salt pan that was located south of the island, here you will find rocky beaches and transparent sea.
Alicudi and Filicudi
They are more distant from the coast and for this reason they are the wildest of the archipelago.
Vulcano and Stromboli
They are the most iconic ones and it’ss possible to see the volcanic activity that still exists in these areas.
It’s the largest of the Sicilian islands. It is of volcanic origin too and is characterized by mainly rocky coasts. Famous on the island are the characteristic cubic buildings, the dammusi, where you should sleep at least once in your life. Don’t miss a visit to the funerary temples, the sesi which are located in the north-western part of the island.
It’s a beautiful rocky island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, not too far from Palermo, and it’s the perfect place for those who love snorkeling. It has been the summit of an ancient inactive volcano for over 100 thousand years. A large part of the island is part of a nature reserve, a valid reason to plan a visit.
Lagoon of the Stagnone
It’s located between Trapani and Marsala and includes a small archipelago composed of Isola Grande, Isola Santa Maria, Isola Scuola and the island of Mozia. Today the whole lagoon is an Oriented Nature Reserve where it’s possible to admire the salt pans with its mills.
The island suitable for holidays
You will be spoiled for choice, each island is unique and wonderful. Before leaving, it’s worth remembering that there are only two islands with airports, namely Lampedusa and Pantelleria, and connections with the rest of Italy are certainly minor during the low season. Each island will charm you and it will do it in its own way. If you want to visit the Aeolian Islands, we suggest you to base yourself in Lipari for a few days and from there organize daily tours to visit the nearest islands of the archipelago and then move to Alicudi and Filicudi, while if you want to reach the Egadi Islands, choose Favignana as a base and from there it organizes excursions to the other islands.
If you are looking for more secluded and isolated places where you can find yourself, the ideal is to reach the less crowded islands of Sicily, among these we recommend Linosa, Marettimo and Ustica.