Cala Rossa (red Cove) 

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Situated in the southern part of Favignana Island, Cala Rossa (Red Cove) is one among the most popular bays of the island, recently recognized as one among Italy's most beautiful beaches.

Surrounded by rocks with different shapes and sizes and characterized by crystal-blue sea, the cove offers a small beach in the middle and is therefore very crowded with bathers and tourists in summer.

The great number of boats is also due to the fact that Cala Rossa is very difficult to get by land since its accessible only through a dirt road and a long, steep, demanding descending path, consequently not good for old people and kids.

Cala Rossa is one of the most popular attractions for tourists, because the sea is crystal clear and the flat rocks allow bathers to sunbathe in peace.

The cove takes its name from the blood from the Carthaginian troops which was spilled into the sea during the battle of the Egadi in Punic wars.

In the past, Favignana was inhabitated first by Phoenicians, who called it Katria, and then by Greeks, who called it Aegusa, which means "Island of goats" because of the great amount of these and other animals on the insland.

The current name dates back to the Middle Ages and comes from Favonio, a warm western wind. The island is bare and features an overall surface of 19 km², where the highest point (310 m) separates two flat areas by reproducing the typical shape of a butterfly.

The coasts of Favignana stretch over 33 km. Quite rugged and irregular, they combine rocks, pebbles, beaches and wonderful coves. Among them, Cala Rossa is a paradise for snorkelers and divers who can admire wonderful sea bottoms and a multitude of animal and vegetal species.

About 200 metres off the beach, yachtsmen can find several anchorages where to moor safely.