We zipped around the island on a rusty old vespa, its motor puffing out clouds of smoke. It was the best way to explore this fabulous little paradise.
Favignana is the biggest of the Aegadian Islands, located on the western coast of Sicily, and its natural beauty is powerful enough to astound all your senses. The jagged cliffs and stunning blue waters were the dramatic backdrop as we zoomed through the roads encircling the island.
We stopped at many of the most popular swimming spots, including my favorite – Bue Marino, with its steep rocky inclines that lead directly into deep, splendid warm water.
Diving in was inevitable, and as we relaxed and swam in that lagoon of infinite blue, I couldn’t help but feel immensely happy. Underwater, we observed flourishing plants and schools of fish, all living and thriving together in harmony. It was a beautiful performance for the eyes and spirit. When the beating sun became too much, we hid under the shade of the surrounding limestone “tufo” caves. At least 10 degrees cooler here, fellow travelers were sprawled on towels, reading books, and sleeping.
After swimming, we walked through the town, passing by open air seafood markets, which displayed their catches of the day. Freshly caught squid, crimson shrimps, and giant tuna gleamed at us with their glassy eyes. We simultaneously licked our lips at the thought of a delectable seafood dinner.
The temperature reached record highs during our trip, and we often sought refuge under the trees, while holding bottles of ice water and cones of melting gelato, which dripped on the ground forming multicolored puddles.
Our skin was boiling hot and covered by a mix of sunscreen, sweat, and sand, but every time we hopped back on the vespa, the only thing I noticed was the smell of the sea, the wind rushing through my salty hair, and the sensation of absolute freedom.
PER LEGGERE LA VERSIONE ITALIANA, CLICCA QUI
All photos were taken by my friend, photographer Youssef Amaaou
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