Rent of boat in Marettimo Island, excursions and history of Marettimo Island Print

Marettimo, mountainous and remote 37 km far from the trapanese coast-line, Marettimo is the distant, and also the most mountainous of the three islands. Its history, as that of all the area, is done of dominations of several, alternating one another, populations. In the ancient times called Hiera, today it is called after two elements is composed of: the sea and the thyme, metaphor of the mountain. Do not miss to go round the island and to visit the grottos opening on its walls that fall sheer to the sea. On the top of Cape Troia, it is well visible the castle the Arabs used as a guard tower, later changed into a prison. Also Guglielmo Pepe was locked up inside it.
Casa Romanа is the ruins of ancient roman dwellings. It is situated at a height and offers striking views of the Mediterranean Sea. It may have been built for defense purposes. There is a small and ancient Byzantine church dating back to the twelfth century underlining the presence of the Greeks on the island. Monte Falcone is the highest peak in Marettimo and rises 686 metres above sea level. It offers a complete view if the whole island and the surrounding sea. Punta Troia is a Spanish castle which now lies in ruins. It was built during the seventeenth century. It was built on the foundations of a sighting tower built by the Saracens in the ninth century. It used to be a prison upto 1844. It is accessible from the town through a fairly rugged and steep trail. It is a beautiful place to watch the sun set or the sunrise.
Scala Vecchio is the harbor from which fishing boats generally go out to the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated at the other end of the island.
Scala Nuovo is generally the place where the hydrofoil lands. When you look northwards you can see Punta Troia which is a cape with a beautiful castle now in ruins. There are many beautiful grottos on Marettimo. These caves nestle amidst the sheer cliffs along the island’s coast. They include the Grotto del Cammello which is the most beautiful grotto in the island. It shelters a beautiful but small and pristine pebbled beach. The Grotto del Tuono is called the cave of thunder by the locals. Grotto del Percaita is another beautiful cave. In Grotto Perciata the rocks here have been crafted in such a way by the wind and the waves that people liken it to the Nativity Scene. One can swim in these small coves. If you are lucky you may even spot groups of dolphins frolicking in the sea.
It is said there are about five hundred species of plants in the island. Marettimo has a few endangered and rare species of plants including Bupleurum dianthifolum, Brassica macrocarpa, Scilla hughii and Thymus richardii. The forests are filled with Aleppo pines. The wooded hillsides have prickly pear as well as a host of flowering plants including calendula and valerian. In April and May there is a profusion of wild flowers both common and uncommon ones blooming all over the island.
There are walking trails all over the island. There are a series of rugged trails over the hills and the forests and they offer a diverse flora and fauna. The view from many of these trails is simply stunning. There are very many indigenous and wild species of plants along the trails. There also deer, wild boars and a wide variety of birds. The views from atop the sheer cliffs are amazing and though the climb up can be steep the panorama below is definitely breath taking. There are donkey rides and a few mountain bikes available on hire.
The protected coastline makes the island a haven for diving and snorkeling. One can dive through history as it is till possible to find remnants from various eras on the sea bed. The statue of the Dancing Satyr was recovered close to these waters. As you go deep in you witness nature’s aquarium at her best. You can see many different varieties of fishes, multi coloured algae, corals, sponges etc and the entire sea kingdom is alive and colourful waiting to be appreciated.
Most of Marettimo consists of rugged mountainous area. There is a small village called Marettimo nestled in the only flatland towards the eastern side of the island, among the sheer limestone cliffs which rise all over the island and deep forests. It has over hundred fifty residents around the year. However as August approaches the numbers increase ten fold. Almost all the house are white washed and have blue shutters. It is mainly a fishing community and you can see nets drying outside the houses. Many of the village residences offer accommodation to the tourists as there are very few apartments or hotels to stay in.
Marettimo is the ideal place to try all varieties of sea food. One has to try the tuna, sardines and sword fish at their freshest in the few restaurants in the island. Most of the dishes in the menu are sea food based and fish with couscous is very popular.
There are a couple of bars and a few restaurants. There are lip smacking gelatos available at La Scaletta, which is the local ice-cream parlour and also doubles as a bar. One can also pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. There is a pastry shop which also sells sandwiches and other snacks. There is a pharmacy. Marettimo is the island from where you can also pick up wild honey and many aromatic herbs including rosemary, thyme and yellow and purple heather.
Marettimo is a beautiful place to visit for a day trip or a short vacation away from the madding crowd.









Marettimo panoramico
Marettimo, fortezza
Marettimo, cala Marina
Marettimo, secca Cretazzo
Marettimo, grotto Tuono
Marettimo, scoglio Cammello
Marettimo, punta Bassana
Marettimo, grotto del Cammello
Marettimo, grotto Bombarda
Marettimo, cala Bianca
Marettimo, punta Troia
Marettimo, grotto Perciata

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