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Dive trip the Egadi Islands Marine Park, Area Marina Protetta Isole Egadi

Swimming, diving, snorkelling and apnea in Italy in the Egadi Islands Marine Park, Area Marina Protetta Isole Egadi

A diving holiday in the Egadi archipelago? They're sure to be a great success and a real change of scenery! Dive, snorkel, and snorkel in the protected marine reserve of the Egadi Islands, Area Marina Protetta Isole Egadi. Founded in 1991, this marine park is located off the northwest coast of Sicily. For your diving holiday in Sicily, you can choose between the islands of Favignana, Marettimo, and Levanzo, covered in scrubland, garrigue, and olive groves, with 2 other pristine, uninhabited islets nearby, Formica and Maraone. The island of Levanzo is 6 km from Favignana and 25.8 km from Marettimo. Here, tranquillity and eco-responsible tourism are the order of the day, with an undeniable desire to protect the natural habitat of marine animal species. Fishing is regulated here, and marine resources and biodiversity are preserved. The local inhabitants make their living from responsible, controlled fishing and tourism. New buildings and second homes are not permitted. The Egadi archipelago is therefore fortunately protected from property speculation and mass tourism! Organize your diving holiday in Europe's largest marine reserve, the Egadi Islands, covering 53,992 hectares.

Drained by marine currents that carry plankton - the food of fish - the Egadi Islands Marine Protected Area is a favorable convergence zone for the development of marine organisms that reproduce and swarm there. The reserve has four different levels of natural heritage protection. Birdwatchers will be delighted to spot seabirds such as the herring gull (Larus argentatus), the English shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), the Scopoli shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), and Europe's smallest seabird, the storm-petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), as well as flamingos, depending on the season. Snorkel or dive through the Posidonia meadows, endemic to the Mediterranean, home to crustaceans, mollusks, and starfish. Which island in the Egadi archipelago should you choose for your holiday in Sicily? A diving holiday in Favignana, on the largest of the islands in the Egadi archipelago, is ideal for families or groups of friends. Your holiday in Favignana is guaranteed to be a lively one, with little restaurants where you can enjoy a dish of couscous or seafood, the presence of historic heritage with nineteenth-century palaces, and a dream environment, made up of secluded coves and sumptuous sandy beaches bathed in translucent turquoise water. Or opt for a diving holiday on Levanzo, the smallest of the Aegean islands, covering just 5 km2 and ideal for cycling. Perfect for honeymooners in Italy! You'll be seduced by the sparkling turquoise blue of the Mediterranean Sea, the fragrant pine forests, and the steep limestone cliffs. Faraglione Beach and Cala Minnola Beach await you amid magnificent arid landscapes.

Immerse yourself in prehistory on your diving holiday in Levanzo, Italy! Caves millions of years old, both underwater and in the open air, are carved into the cliff faces. The Grotta del Genovese is home to rock drawings of antelopes, bulls, primates, and... fish! A dozen other less popular caves, including Peccore, Cala Tramonta, Punta Sorci, and Punta Cappero, are also waiting to be explored. With just one hotel on site, Levanzo is a popular destination. For even more privacy - and if you're more the sporting type - choose a diving holiday on Marettimo, the mountainous, steep, and green island, even wilder than Levanzo and Favignana. Ideal for a break from everyday life! Take to the hiking trails and discover secret caves and coves by boat only, as there are no beaches or easy access to the sea from the coast.

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