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Marettimo

Marettimo is the most remote and mountainous of the three Egadi Islands. There is only one village, also called Marettimo, on the eastern coast and the Island has no roads. Named after the two principal elements of which it is composed, sea and thyme, Marettimo is an unspoilt Island paradise that is home to over five hundred species of plants, including many that are rare and endangered. In spring, the Island is covered by a blanket of wild flowers. Donkey rides and mountain bikes are available for those who don’t feel up to tackling the most arduous of the climbs yet still wish to experience the panoramic views that reward those who make it to the top of the cliff walks.

Marettimo has a magical, craggy coastline dotted with over four hundred sea grottos, of which Grotto del Cammello is said to be the most beautiful. It shelters a lovely pebbled beach. Other notable grottos are Grotto del Tuono and Grottos Perciata, both of which make for gorgeous swimming spots where you may be lucky enough to spot some of the dolphins who inhabit these waters. Snorkellers and divers will find plenty in the way of fish, coral and other marine life to keep them enthralled for hours. 

Atop Punta Troia sits the ruins of a castle built by the Saracens in the 9th century as a lookout and a walk up from the village of Marettimo in the early evening will reward you with spectacular sunsets. You can also climb to the Roman ruins at Casa Romana for amazing views out over the Mediterranean. The houses of the fishing village of Marettimo are all painted white with blue shutters and many have nets drying outside. It’ll come as no surprise to learn that the seafood is excellent, and extremely fresh, with tuna, swordfish and sardines all appearing on most restaurant menus. With a few bars, an excellent gelateria, and a smattering of food shops, the village of Marettimo makes for a charming stopover on a Marettimo boat charter.

 

Mooring:

  • There is no marina but there are anchorages in two miniature harbours off the village of Marettimo at Scala Vecchia and Scala Nuova, the latter of which has a pontoon with laid moorings.
  • There are anchorages elsewhere around the coast of the island at Cala Manione, Cala Cretazzo and Cala Bianca.

To Do:

  • Hike the mountain trails
  • Hire a mountain bike
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving
  • Explore the grottos of the coastline

Facilities:

  • Bars and restaurants
  • Provisions
  • Water
  • Electricity