Sicily is not just about culture, architecture, and good food. The island is also surrounded by a number of smaller islands that are little jewels of the Ionian, Mediterranean, and Tyrrhenian Seas. These islands offer a range of activities, including underwater adventures, beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, and excellent wines.
The Aeolian Islands, including Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Panarea, and Stromboli, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and offer unforgettable sunsets, beaches, bays, caves, creeks, cliffs, and an incomparable variety of seabeds. The landscapes are worthy enough to be film sets, and the islands have exceptional restaurants to enjoy local cuisine.
The Egadi Islands, which include the islands of Favignana, Levanzo, and Marettimo, as well as the islets of Formica and Maraone, offer a unique combination of history, nature, and beauty. Ustica is a small island with a shoreline full of dramatic grottoes and the surrounding waters are sparkling clean, providing an underwater wonderland of fish and coral. The reserve is home to half of the marine species present in Mediterranean waters.
The Pelagie Islands, including Lampedusa, Linosa, and Lampione, are renowned for their clear waters and stunning landscapes. Located just a few miles east of Tunisia, Pantelleria is the largest of Sicily's small islands and is considered the "black pearl of the Mediterranean".
Whether you are visiting Sicily for an extended vacation or only have a few days to spare, a day trip or a multiday excursion to any of these islands is well worth your time.