In ancient times the name of Favignana was Egusa (Aegusa for the Latins), from the Greek Aigousa (Αἰγοῦσα), that is «that has goats», given their abundance on the island. It was also known by other names such as Aponiana, Katria, Gilia and is remembered by numerous writers including Plinio, Polibio, Nepoziano, the anonymous Ravennate. It was known by the Arab geographers with the name Djazirat 'ar Rahib ("island of the monk" or "of the hermit"), as on the island stands a castle of the Norman era, the so-called Castle of Saint Catherine, where he lived for precisely a monk. The painter Savior Fiume called it a "butterfly on the sea" because of its characteristic shape. The current name (formerly Favognana) comes from the Favonio, a warm west wind that determines its very mild climate.
The island of Favignana has an area of approximately 19 km² and a coastal development of 33 km jagged and rich in cavities and caves. Although in ancient times it was rich in vegetation, today it is poor because of deforestation.
The island is crossed from north to south by a mountain ridge whose maximum altitude is that of Monte Santa Caterina, of 314 meters. Other two peaks are the Punta della Campana 296 meters high and the Punta Grossa (252 meters).
On the southern side are the islets Preveto, Galera and Galeotta (practically some rocks).
To visit absolutely by boat or raft to appreciate its beauty and catch the details.
Things to do in Favignana:
How to get to Favignana:
There are different solutions to reach the island of Favignana:
-By hydrofoil: The hydrofoils of Liberty Lines depart every hour from morning to evening, the ticket offices are located in front of the pier from where the hydrofoils depart. The journey lasts 20 minutes (30 if it also stops in Levanzo). It is recommended to book online so you can avoid the queue at the ticket office.
-By Ferry: Ferries generally take just over 1 hour to reach the island of Favignana. The ticket office is located at the maritime station of the port where the boarding takes place. Also in this case it is recommended to book online.
-For those who want a private transport for their needs can contact us so that we can find the best solution together.
From our boats, daily excursions will allow you to admire the beauty of the island.
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