Airplane, bus, ferry; in three steps from the big city you are in Favignana,
Here everything seems designed for the well-being of the cyclist.
It is therefore impossible to resist its appeal for those who love the sea and cycling holidays but are not particularly well trained or do not have a steel body.
Favignana is for everyone, welcoming and benevolentespecially with families with children,
who can be transported in special seats or, if a little ‘hail, pedal independently along the streets never too busy island.
Experts say that, given its size, to visit all beaches and coves takes only two days, but from my experience I believe that have4-5 days available
wonderful beaches and coves offered by the island, which is part of the largest marine protected area in Europe.
Starting from the village and going east very charming isPunta San Nicola, a beautiful little bay
Continuing along the coast you will reach
Cala Rossa, one of the most beautiful places on the island, beach awarded in 2014
Continuing to pedal you arrive at the beach of Bue Marino, also embellished by former quarries and a vaguely lunar landscape.
The sea, as always, is exceptionally clear and full of life.
Continuing south we find Cala Azzurra, a wild small bay with sandy seabed and crystal clear waters,
which, like all the most famous beaches, has convenient access and rocky coasts made “soft” by the dry leaves of posidonia brought here by the storms.
A healthy pouch for lying down comfortably on the rocks.
Between a ride and a dip it will be good to talk about lunch at this point.
To avoid becoming heavier, I suggest you opt for a lemonade made with real Sicilian lemons, a “cunzato” bread (sandwich stuffed with dried tomatoes, capers, anchovies, oil, salted ricotta) and a colorful fruit salad, to be consumed in one of the (not too many) kiosks of the island.
Continuing our journey along the coast to the south of the island we find a stretch made of coves and very characteristic rocky coves, some of which have caves and small arches to explore. An ideal place if you want to enjoy a bit of romantic solitude. If you are in the mood for socializing or you have children who chisel to make a sand castle,
just a little further on is Lido Burrone, the only truly equipped beach on the island,
equipped with the most traditional “seaside” comforts.
After relaxing on the beach and seeing the last ray of sun disappear behind the ubiquitous Mount Santa Caterina, it is time to return to the village for dinner.
At this point the possibilities are almost endless, all tested and all very good.
The menu ranges from pizza to swordfish and smoked tuna (Neapolitan, seasoned, very tasty), fish and fried vegetables, to the most elaborate dishes offered by the many restaurants on the island: fish couscous, tuna carpaccio, sword, busiate (fresh pasta) with Trapani pesto,
busiate with tuna roe, etc.
As you will have understood, tuna is an institution here,represented by Florio factory that stands, monumental, facing the port.
One visit (not to be missed) inside this jewel of industrial archaeology is a journey through time:
in a couple of hours you can immerse yourself in the lost world of tuna traps and tuna processing, reliving – thanks to very well-prepared guides – the fatigue of fishermen and workers who worked there, the smells and light of this fascinating place, now risen to a new tourist and cultural life after the closure in the ’70s.
The most beautiful thing about the museum, opened in 2009, is that, representing such an important piece of Favignana’s history, it is lived with particular pride by its employees and all the islanders. Among other things, some tuna boats and rais (tuna captains) mentioned during the visit are the same as those you can meet in the evening in bars or early in the morning at the port, when small fishing boats sell the freshly caught fish.
One thing must now be said. You would not be a real cyclist but only a Sunday holidaymaker if you do not face the “journey” in the west of the island, the one to the left of Mount Santa Caterina. You can reach it either by the asphalt road that cuts through the mountain by means of a short tunnel or by an old, much more panoramic road that runs along the coast. This part of Favignana is certainly less inhabited and less well beaten. For example, if you are leaving early, you may arrive in the wild Cala Rotonda first, enjoying an authentic and beautiful natural landscape.
But that is not all. Another bit of road and here we are at the lighthouse of Slim Punta,
a place full of charm that offers postcard sunsets.
Continuing you arrive in the remote Cala Faraglioni, which is slightly less convenient to access than other bays.
But the effort, for those who arrive, is immediately rewarded by the colors of the place: turquoise, blue, blue with behind the green and the scents of the Mediterranean.
This is the final stop on a journey that has been memorable and full of surprises, that made us discover a sweet and welcoming island, beautiful and kind, with which we desperately fell in love.
Last tip: if you have some time, if it rains, it’s too hot or you have children who love nature,
Visit the Marine Turtle First Aid Centre in the village: you could make really interesting meetings!
Very last suggestion: the charm of Favignana lasts all year round, so, if you can, avoid visiting it in August,
when it is too congested and full of tourists.