Nido Del Pellegrino - 2 Bed On The Blue Sea
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Description from the owner
Description from the owner
The "Nido del Pellegrino" is located on the Favignana’s Grosso coastline, making about 7 ha. of ground dropping to the sea and obtained restoring a former military structure dating back to World War II and it’s intended for people searching a relaxing and reserved haven: a Mediterranean oasis, tonic and characterised by its scents and quiet. Those who appreciate a simple style without abandoning refined settings will enjoy the charm of this place, which the inhabitants call "the most beautiful place in Favignana" and when the Guest looks from the veranda at the breath-taking Mediterranean Sea and its sunsets, he cannot help sharing such opinion. ...Read more
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Nido Del Pellegrino - 2 Bed On The Blue Sea Favignana, Sicily, Italy
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The three islands that form a mini-archipelago off Trapani are called Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo; they count some 4,600 inhabitants. All three are blessed with lovely coastlines immersed in glorious crystal-clear water. The islands which are known to have been inhabited since prehistoric times (indeed, it is thought that Levanzo and Favignana formed part of the main island of Sicily in the Palaeolithic times), witnessed a very important event in Antiquity: for it was in these waters that the treaty sealing an end to the First Punic War (241 BC) was signed, whereby Carthage assigned Sicily to the Roman Empire.
The island is often referred to as La Farfalla on account of its shape which has been likened to a butterfly a-flutter over the blue sea. Its proper name is in fact derived from favonio, the prevalent local wind, although in Antiquity, it was known as Aegusa. In more recent times, the fortunes of the island have been inextricably linked with the Florio family (see MARSALA) after they invested in a tuna fishery here, down by the harbour, where a prominent tower still marks the skyline. In times past, tuna fishing, and the mattanza (the traditional, but cruel ritual of killing the tuna trapped in the nets known as the camera della morte) comprised the principal means of earning a livelihood on the island.
Favignana covers an area of about 20sqm. The west “wing” is dominated by Montagna Grossa which, despite its name, rises to a mere 302m. The eastern part of the island, on the other hand, is flatter and harbours the island’s main town. The jagged coastline is interrupted, here and there, with short stretches of sandy beach.
Cave di tufo – Beside tuna fishing, tufa quarrying at one time provided the island with a second principal source of employment and income. Once cut, the blocks were transported elsewhere in Sicily and exported to North Africa. These quarries, a characteristic feature of the island’s eastern flank, give the landscape a disturbing quality, as if great chunks had been bitten out of the hillside by some large square-jawed monster, leaving great gaping rectangular, stepped cavities. These are often overgrown with bushes, sometimes – alas – used as rubbish tips, or otherwise – luckily – transformed into secret small gardens, sheltered from the marauding winds. Near the sea, along the east coast, some of the old quarries have been partly flooded by waves let in by a landslip. Where it penetrates, the sea leaves small geometric pools of water. The most spectacular quarries are those grouped around Scalo Cavallo, Cala Rossa and Bue Marino.
Favignana città – The main town of the island, indeed of the archipelago, is built around a small port that nestles in a large bay. On the skyline, perched up on its very own hill, sits the Fort of Santa Caterina (now under militaty control) which began life as an ancient Saracen warning station; this was rebuilt by the Norman King Roger II, and subsequently enlarged before serving as a prison under Bourbon rule (1794-1860).
Down by the seafront, Favignana boasts two buildings endowed by the Florio family, a wealthy dynasty involved in the production and export of Marsala wine before it developed any financial interests in tuna fishing. These comprise the Palazzo Florio, built in 1876, which is set back from the harbour, and, at the opposite end of the bay on the right, the great tonnara or tuna fishery, now abandoned (plans are afoot to completely redevelop the old buildings to provide a multipurpose complex with a variety of facilities).
The little town centres around two piazzas: Piazza Europa and Piazza Madrice which are linked by the main street, where the evening “constitution” or passeggiata (stroll) is enacted each evening. On the northeastern edge of town nestles the district of San Nicola (behind the cemetery) which preserves vestiges of the past: there is no access to this area, however, as long as it remains private property.
Bathing and beaches – There are two main beaches: a small sandy bay south of the town in Cala Azzurra, and, still in the southern part but a little west of this, lies the broad beach called the Lido Burrone. For those without their own means of transport, there is an hourly bus service. The rocky bays are more exciting and thrilling, notably Cala Rossa and Cala del Bue Marino nearby. What makes these spots especially unusual is the fact that they were once tufa quarries; deep in the grottoes where the roof has not fallen in, tunnel a network of long dark and mysterious passages that can be explored by torchlight.
The other half of the island harbours such lovely bays as the Cala Rotonda, Cala Grande and Punta Ferro, which doubles as a popular area for diving.
The caves – The west side of the mountain slopes down into the sea, forming a number of evocative caves and grottoes. Each summer morning, when the sea is becalmed, the local harbour fishermen vie with each other to whisk visitors off to see the most picturesque: Grotta Azzurra (so-called because of the colour of the water), Grotta dei Sospiri (the Grotto of Sighs which sounds its laments in winter), and Grotta degli Innamorati (Lovers’ Grotto), so named because of two identical rocks standing side by side deep against the back wall.
Car is not necessary