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The Italian island of Favignana is the largest of the three main Egadi islands in southern Italy. The island is located around 7 km to the west off the coast of Sicily, between Trapani and Marsala. The island is often described as having a 'butterfly' shape. Located on a narrow strip of land that connects the two 'wings' of the island stands Favignana town. The two wings of the island have very different characteristics. The eastern part of the island is mainly flat while the western part of the island has a chain of hills of which Monte Santa Caterina is the tallest at 314 m above sea level. Sitting on top of Monte Santa Caterina is a fort which was originally established by the Saracens and is still in use by the Italian army. Visitors should note that the fort is not open to the public. Although there are tourist amenities, the island's character seems little-altered, and travellers who come here are happy to fit in with the leisurely island way of life. Located off the south coast of Favignana are a number of small islands.
Favignana has good, frequent ferry connections with the other islands and with Trapani and Marsala. By hydrofoil Favignana is around thirty minutes journey time from Trapani.
The Italian island of Levanzo is the smallest of the three Egadi Islands that lie off the west coast of Sicily. On the island, which has a population of around 200, there is a pretty little port that is surrounded by lovely buildings and is where most of the island's population live. Traditionally the island's economy was centred around agriculture, where grain was grown, although not much agriculture takes place today. Visitors to the island will still be able to see dry stone walls dividing overgrown fields, terraced hillsides and small stone shelters and limited amount of agriculture and sheep farming.
The island's road network is non-existent and only has a couple of dirt tracks that can be used by jeeps and mules which are the island's modes of transport. Unsurprisingly, fishing is popular off the island's coast and small fishing boats can be hired for excursions. The only real tourist site on the island is the Grotta del Genovese, which is a cave that contains prehistoric art. Therefore, if lazing on a beach and soaking up the sun is what you require from a vacation, then Levanzo is the place to go.