Natural reserve since 1992, the Egades Islands are situated on the extreme ovest of Sicily. The sea beds of these islands are paradise for sub and rich animal and plant species. The largest, the most populated and the closest to the mainland is Favignana. Florio palace stands prominently on arrival. It was built in the second half of the nineteen century by a trading family from Palermo which bought the entire archipelago and acquired all fishing rights. In that period tuna-fishing knew its largest expansion. The creeks of Favignana are famous for their crystal clear waters. Levanzo island, surrounded by Pizzo Monaco steeply following to the sea, is nearby.The island attraction called "Grotta del Genovese" is a true paradise for pre-historical fans. Marettimo, the third main island, is entirely different: surrounded as it is by Falcone mountain, 700 meters high, which gives a totally different out line to the island. Climbing to Falcone mountain is a must where trough a path, a twelve century chapel and the remnants of Roman housing can be visited. Fish hawks and wild rabbits have their habitat there.