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Hiking -- Of all three Egadi, Levanzo has the best walks. The rocky, often harsh perimeter of Levanzo belies a surprisingly flat interior, with fertile agricultural plains. Don't let the island's highest peak, Pizzo del Monaco (278m/912 ft.), fool you; most of the topography and trails on Levanzo have only gentle saliscendi (rises and falls). The longest hike (about 7km/4.3 miles round-trip) runs due north of Cala Dogana (the island's only village) to the lighthouse at Capo Grosso. There is no water access here, as the lighthouse stands high above the sea on the vertical cliffs that mark the northernmost point of the island. Another of the island's lengthier walks goes to the Grotta del Genovese on the east coast. Hikes from Cala Dogana to the main swimming areas of the southern half of the island -- Il Faraglione, Cala Minnola, and Cala Calcara -- take from 15 to 30 minutes each way.

Mountain Biking -- The wide, well-maintained trails of Levanzo are perfect for even novice mountain-bikers; rent some wheels at La Plaza Residence.

Swimming -- The best spots for a dip in Levanzo's crystalline sea can all be reached by land (with moderate hikes), by boat tour, or by servizio spiagge (beach service) boats from the port. On the northwest coast, Cala Tramontana ★ is a wide bay, backed by imposing limestone forms, with a pebble beach and gorgeous transparent water. It's also the farthest good swimming area from the port, so unless you have time to hike there and back (about 6km/3.75 miles round-trip), consider taking a beach-service boat. Cala Calcara, on the east coast, is a low amphitheater of Dolomitic limestone and a favorite shelter for boats cruising the Egadi. A few hundred meters to the south is the attractive picnic spot of Cala Minnola ★; the "beach" consists of smooth natural rock platforms that slope conveniently into the water, and immediately behind it is a pretty pinewood ideal for a picnic. A 15-minute walk west of the port leads to the Faraglione; its pebble beach with calm, clear waters is a favorite spot for families with children.

Note: Whatever you do, don't swim at the port. Its waters may look clear and enticing, but a sewage problem in town means waste is washed directly into the harbor.

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