There is a place in Europe where civilization has very limited access, if any. People go dancing in the streets, local fishermen weave COLOURED nets, and tiny alleyways, squeezed between white and BLUE houses, are filled with stools, wooden tables and playing cards, interwoven with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and fierce inter-generational discussions.
Stepping on this island feels like juggling with the most BEAUTIFUL aspects of the Mediterranean climate. At least that’s how I felt when I first got off the ferry and entered the small port of Marettimo – one of the three Aegadian islands (it. Isole Egadi) at the Western side of SICILY (easily reachable from Trapani).
My delightment took my words away and when other passengers, probably well-acquainted with the view I now had in front of my eyes, were talking, rushing with luggage or greeting their relatives, I was standing still, surreptitiously pinching my skin. Then I finally grabbed my camera and went on a photography-spree, as if it had only been a dream that could end in any moment, taking all this wonderful scenery away. Despite three more weeks ahead, I simply couldn’t resist.
Tip: don’t criticize others for taking pictures instead of looking & admiring – it might be out of their rational control.
Whether you’re an active or passive kind of traveler, this island should meet your needs. You can enjoy its transparent waters, hike up the hills, go on a scuba diving excursion or devour a genuine pizza in one of very few local restaurants. It’s cosy, yet one never get bored (unless wants to!).
You should definitely try bread from the only island’s bakery – thanks to roasted sesame seeds and other secret ingredients used in the recipe its flavour and smell are hard to find anywhere else in Italy!
In winter, the island is home to around 100 people, but it gets pretty busy in summer when family and friends start paying visits. Wealthy business men cast their luxury yacht’s anchors and switch to the Italian dolce far niente mode.
No cars, no disturbing noise – only donkeys and singing crickets. And don’t count on the Internet, the connection is usually very slow. Well, SLOWER life’s good (if not BETTER).
Questions? Drop me a message – I’ll be happy to help.
Enjoy your trip!