the face of a marine beef

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photographer : PhSicily


The eastern end has a few meters high coastline and access to the sea is difficult. The most comfortable point is called Bue marino, it is a descent to the sea in the middle of the old tuff quarries, the water in front is dark blue with beautiful blue spots. A plan of composite material made by man allows access to the sea as from the edge of a pool. The water is here immediately founded, it is not touched, there is often current, the shade is little, but guaranteed by some caves in the quarries, the contrast and the proximity between caves and crystal clear sea makes this place one of the most appreciated island.

To reach the sea-ox coming from the town, follow the signs for Cala Rossa and continue following those for the Bue marino, the road is less than 5 km long and the last part is a white dirt road of tufa.

The name Bue marino indicates that once there were seals, particularly the Monaca seals.

It is a good cove for diving and recommended when the wind blows from the west, while it is not suitable for those with small children.

Once you arrive here, after a nice bath, sitting on your towel, try to look at this place with different eyes and imagine it almost two centuries ago, on any day of the year. The quarries are populated by stone quarrymen, they feel the blows of their instruments on the tuff, some work inside tunnels for many hours, by candlelight, losing the sense of time, risking their life and covering themselves with a heavy white powder . In the water there are no tourists to take a bath, but other workers who are on wooden boats called schifazzi, with a triangular sail. They approach the coast and call their friends on the island, who arrive with the cart pulled by the donkey, loaded with the stones extracted. There is a lot of shouting, you have to approach the boat to the rock and with those slides in stone to load the tuffs on the boats, it is the last part of a heavy job paid by piece. These pieces of Favignana go to Palermo, those to Trapani, the others to Marsala, others to Tunis.

So Favignana emptied to build houses and buildings elsewhere, transforming itself. What you see here at the Sea Bue is the result of the frenetic human activity that lasted over two centuries.


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