Luxury villa with private swimming pool on the island of Favignana, just 20 minutes by hydrofoil from Trapani. Mariposa enjoys a truly delightful location. Nestled in a lush Mediterranean garden, the villa is just a few minutes from the azure waters of Cala Azzurra and the mythical Cala Rossa, two of the island's most beautiful bays. Perfectly integrated into the surrounding landscape, the villa was built with sustainable living in mind and environmentally friendly construction methods and materials. It features a unique design inspired by the raditional architectural elements, lines and colours of the island. This contemporary style villa consists of two adjacent complexes and boasts fabulous outside areas. Its large, equipped terraces, the well tended garden and little swimming pool with sun terrace invite guests to spend relaxed hours in its beautiful, sunny atmosphere. Decorated and fitted throughout to an exceptionally high standard, Mariposa offers exquisite interiors and the ultimate in luxury, comfort and privacy. Favignana's position and easy access to the "mainland" affords guests an opportunity to visit western Sicily's most fascinating sights and the other two islands of the Egadi archipelago, the small Levanzo and wonderfully unspoilt Marettimo.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cala Azzurra 3 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Trapani Birgi 40 km, Nearest railway: Trapani 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
G.F.: SUITE A: Living room with fireplace and double sofa bed, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with walk-in closet, 1 bathroom with bath and shower; SUITE B: Living-kitchen area with fireplace, 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower. Outside: garden, terraces, swimming pool, solarium, bbq area.
SICILY - “All of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination,” wrote the Sicilian author Leonardo Sciascia (1921-1989) of his island, summing up its very nature. Has any other island in Europe captured our imagination over so many hundreds of years as Sicily?
Its sun-drenched landscapes and rich cultural heritage have always attracted travellers from the North, hungry for learning. As early as the 18th and 19th centuries, Sicily was an essential stop on the “Grand Tour”, the long educational trip around Europe that young aristocrats – mainly from England and France – took before starting out in life. And Germany’s great writer Goethe (1749-1832) embarked on a study trip around Italy over several years, which also took him all the way to Sicily. Not only thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate, Sicily is still a very popular destination today. The island’s main attraction is its wealth of archaeological and culturally significant sites – many of which are on the UNESCO world heritage list. Over the centuries, the island saw many different rulers, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans. All of them left their mark on its character, alongside rich testimonies to their settlements. This wealth of cultural delights ranges from the magnificent palaces and baroque churches in Ragusa-Ibla, Modica, Scicli, Noto, Syracuse and Catania to the archaeological excavation sites in the Valley of the Temples of Agrigent, in Selinunt and Segesta, from the ancient villas and Roman baths in Piazza Armerina to the stylised architecture of the Norman cathedrals of Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù. Among the most beautiful resorts on the island, or perhaps in all of Italy, are without a doubt Taormina and Cefalù. Taormina, with its bright terraces high above the sea, offers an absolutely stunning scenic view: beyond the blue bay of Isola Bella, Mount Etna rises majestically in the distance.
Cefalù, with its magnificent cathedral, well-preserved medieval town centre and old harbour quarter, is often called the pearl of the northern coast. Sicily’s inland regions are just as attractive for visitors. Across the broad, softly rolling hills stretch citrus plantations, vineyards and fields of grain. Alongside them are nature reserves perfect for long walks on signposted paths, such as the Parco delle Madonie, planted with manna ash trees cultivated for their sugary sap, or the Parco dell’Etna on Europe’s highest active volcano. The greatest attraction of all, however, remains the sea. Be it bays with wide, white sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs or isolated rocky bathing points – Sicily has something to offer for every ocean lover. Among the best sites are Scala dei Turchi, the Riserva Oasi Vendicari nature reserve, San Vito lo Capo with the nearby Riserva dello Zingaro and the coasts of the 15 smaller islands surrounding Sicily itself. To make your stay on Sicily absolutely perfect, don’t forget the irresistible delicacies of the island’s cuisine. And why not take time to explore the local traditions, with popular and church festivals, markets and folk songs giving a first-hand taste of authentic Sicily.
A butterfly-shaped island, this is how the Sicilian painter Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997) described Favignana, the largest of the Egadi Islands. Favignana is a small world with an uncontaminated, crystalline sea in dream bays offering excellent swimming and good scuba-diving possibilities, such as the gathered Cala Rotonda with its natural rock arch; the charming Cala Azzurra with its crystal clear waters; the imposing Cala Rossa which has become the symbol of the island, also because of the striking chromatic effect made by the turquoise sea and the surrounding white, tuff stone faces. This bay still evokes history because here was fought in 241 BC the terrible battle between the Romans and the Carthaginians, and is one of the most
eye-catching place to see the old quarries of tuff, a volcanic rock whose mining used to be in the past one of the main activities on the island. Also the tuna fishing industry represented a main resource for the local community, which is still bound to its fishing traditions, and the imposing Tonnara Florio (tuna fishery), situated nearby the port, is one of the last traces of this interesting fishing folklore. Just a stone's throw away from this building, in the lively town centre, are the cafés, restaurants and the local workshops; whereas the ancient medieval part of the island, dominated by the Fort of Santa Caterina, is situated on a mount and reachable through steps. This fort, originally built as a watchtower and then used as a prison by the Bourbon kings
(1794-1860), is surrounded by a wonderful landscape of Mediterranean scrub. Getting to Favignana takes 15-20 minutes by hydrofoils from Trapani, and from here is very easy to reach and explore the other two islands of the archipelago - the small Levanzo and the rugged Marettimo - and Trapani with its old town centre that has recently been restored to its former splendour.Transfer connections: by hydrofoils and ferries from Trapani.