The furthest of the three Aegadian islands from Trapani, Marettimo is thought to have broken away from the Sicilian mainland around 600,000 years ago. Direct ferries run from Trapani although it is also possible to reach the island via Marsala, with changes at another island.
The island is a nature lovers’ paradise, with translucent seas and great opportunities for walkers. Lying within a marine nature reserve, it is also a popular destination for divers, both for its sea caves and creeks and, of course, the clarity of the water.
Mount Falcone dominates the island, rising to 686m, with steep sides sloping down to the sea. The small town of Marettimo is the island’s only settlement, a collection of whitewashed houses with blue-shuttered windows and an assortment of small fishing boats.
Walking trails bordered by interesting flora and flora and with wonderful sea views are the main attraction. Rock carnations, clumps of prickly pear and scilla grow amongst the rocks and peregrine falcons and the rare Bonelli’s eagle are known to soar overhead. There are only a few beaches but plenty of rocky platforms that provide access to the island’s crystal clear waters.