Ever want to go to the middle of nowhere, walk around a whole bunch, and then hop on a boat and go back to civilization. if you said "yes" to any of that, a trip to the Sicilian island of Favignana is in order for you! This day was at the tail end of our Italian adventure (with kids) and we were all getting a bit worn down at this point. But had been told that island hopping, to Favignana in particular, was a must do.
Our day started in Cornino, we drove to the big harbor city, hopped on a boat and were dropped at the tiny little harbor in Favignana. Since we had done absolutely no research about this island, but had heard that there was a pretty beach, we headed into the nearest tourist information stand (next to a gelato shop just inland from the bay). Turns out, the info point was really just a scooter/bike rental place in disguise. After much debate about not wanting to learn to drive the scooters with children as passengers, my bum knee inhibiting my ability to pedal a bicycle, and one of the kids being too tiny for an electric bike, we opted for a cab (they people in the rental p,ace to.d us that it would cost 10 euros per person, but actually only ended up costing 3 euros per person), we were off on our way to the beach.
Or so we thought. The lady in the info point recommended a particular beach, but when we for there, it was pretty water and a sheer cliff face. After more debate, we started walking down to the blue grotto (supposedly like the one on the Amalfi Coast). Nothing. Nowhere to catch a boat out there. No beach. There were some caves to explore, but the kids wanted a beach. We walked on. Stopped people going the opposite direction to ask how far the beach was. Were repeatedly told that it was about 10 minutes away, so we carried on for 10 more minutes and continually found no beach. The kids were crabby, my knee was shot, and we were all hot.
This led to a trek back to the only shade we could find (the big orange granita stand pictured up there ^) where we called a cab. The same driver we had at the beginning of the day whisked us away, gave us a quick tour of the island (the beach had been about a 45 minute walk away from where we'd turned around), and deposited us back in the harbor, where we devoured some gelato and hopped a hydrofoil back to the big island.