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Bue Marino, Favignana

When people talk of Favignana they generally coo over Cala Rossa, the “Red Bay” I took you to before.

It’s beautiful, lovely, breath taking even.

But for me, the island hides an even more beautiful jewel.

Bue Marino.

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Named for the Monk Seals who used to live there, a matrix of caves and the clearest blue water makes it the most magical of places.

Just the place to watch the sun rise over Sicily.

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And dance in its warm, welcome rays.

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The caves offer a shady escape from the heat of the day, and are just the ticket for curious minds and wanderers!

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Just be sure to take a swimsuit, you’ll want a dip!

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Striped Swimsuit

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With caves for snorkelling and rocks for resting on, it’s no wonder the place has become a local favourite.

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After breakfast people arrive in their droves, chugging up on Vespas and peddling over on bikes.

Grantia sellers flog their wares from huge lemons, playing retro music for the crowd, and it drifts down to the water.

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Men measure their manhood by the rocks they leap from, to rapturous applause from the gallery.

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Couples wrap up in each other, sprawling across rocks with cigarettes perched between lips.

Men flirt, girls shy away giggling into gaggles of other girls, peacocks strut and the older generation (who’ve seen and done all of this before) look on in quiet amusement, knowing smiles just turning the edges of their mouths.

It’s quite simply a people watcher’s dream!

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The water is so clear and blue, just floating feels as though you may be flying.

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If you make it to Favignana, you have to promise me you’ll go.

You might even make a friend or two and end the day feeling something like this…

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And those are the sort of memories that last forever.

At least I hope they do!

 

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