Levanzo, the Smallest Of The Aegadian Islands.
Even if Levanzo is the smallest island of the Aegadian islands, it is a beautiful place that I suggest you to visit during your holidays in Sicily.
Only a few people live on this island so, in my opinion, it is the perfect destination for those who would like to spend some time in quiet and in contact with nature.
Its coastlines are very jagged and some points can be reached only by boat. And one of the most beautiful things to visit in Levanzo are the beaches.
The Beaches of Levanzo
At the beaches of Levanzo you wont’ find fancy clubs, loud music and cocktails; there will be only you and the sea. Isn’t it great?
If you are passionate of snorkeling and scuba diving, I’m sure you will adore these places.
Here are some gorgeous beaches.
Cala Fredda is located on the south-east coast of Levanzo. It has gravel, white sand and a light blue sea. The water is so clear that it is possible to see the rocks underwater and the multicolor seabed. All around there are bare plain hills.
Also Cala Minnola is located on the south-east coast of Levanzo and the water here is clear too.
Unlike Cala Fredda, this beach is surrounded by a dense pine grove where it is possible to get covered by the sun and rest during the hottest hours of the day. It is equipped with wooden tables and benches.
The most interesting thing of Cala Minola is the Roman relict with ancient amphorae and fragments of vases dating back to the 1st century AD. It is at about at 27/30 metres under the sea level.
Cala Tramontana is located on the northern coast. It is the largest beach of Levanzo and it is surrounded by high red rock walls. In this area caves are quite common.
Cara Faraglione is located on the south-west coast of Levanzo and it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Italy.
As its name suggests, its main characteristic is the ‘faraglione’ a cliff that rises from the sea just in front of the beach. Beyond the cliff, at the horizon, it is possible to see the Favignana and Marettimo islands.
I suggest you to visit Cala Faraglione at sunset time. The light is perfect for your Instagram photos.
The Genovese Cave
The Genovese Cave is the main tourist attraction of Levanzo.
This cave has engravings and paintings that date back to two different and very distant historical periods. The engravings date back to the Paleolithic (about 10000 years ago), most of them depict animals. The paintings date back to the Neolithic (about 6000/7000 years ago) and they depict dancing figures.
You may think that this cave hasn’t been used between these two periods, and you are right. The reason is simple: Levanzo was isolated.
Around the 5000 BC the stripe of land that connected Levanzo to Sicily started to disappear and the residents had to move to survive. Only later, during the Neolithic, people were able to go back to Levanzo.
A visit to the Genovese Cave is a very suggestive experience because it takes you back in time and let you understand something more about the life of ancient inhabitants and their rituals, for which the cave was particularly used.
The cave consists of 2 different spaces.
The entrance is a 12 meters long aisle for initiations and rites. A second larger space is where the engravings and the paintings are,
The Genovese Cave is located on the north-east coast of the island and has been accidentally discovered in 1949 by a painter. She immediately understood the archaeological importance of this place.
If you want to visit the cave, you have to talk with the guardian. You can find him at the little harbor of Levanzo Town.