Lat: 37° 55' 46.12586" N - Long: 12° 20' 32.52182" E
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Favignana is the largest, most populated and perhaps the most famous of the three islands that compose the Egadi archipelago.
It is located about 7 km from the west coast of Sicily, between Trapani and Marsala, in front of the Stagnone Islands.
Its shape justifies the nickname "Butterfly".
The current name derives from the Favonio (the Zefiro), a warm west wind that determines the very mild climate.
It is part of the natural reserve of the Egadi Islands established in 1991.
The island is crossed from north to south by a mountain ridge whose maximum altitude is Monte Santa Caterina, 314 meters hight.
Beautiful waters, small coves and backdrops with indescribable colors; its coasts are jagged and rich in cavities and caves.
One of the most beautiful corners of the island is Cala Rossa; the battle of the Egadi Islands in 241 BC has been fought in its waters.
Favignana has some prehistoric traces of human settlements, there are also the remains of an early Christian cemetery.
In 1081 the Normans built a village and mighty fortifications, including the fort San Giacomo and the Santa Caterina one.
In 1874 the island belonged to the Florio family who built a liberty style villa there.
The fame of Favignana is due to the typical tuff caves found in the north-eastern area, the caves and the ancient tradition of tuna fishing, of Arab derivation.
The island has been chose to shoot films a lot of times.
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St George's Portal
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