Pelagie Islands


This is the southernmost Italian archipelago.Lampedusa and Linosa make up most of it, and the last and smallest of the three islands is Lampione which is only 200m long and 180m wide.

These islands are all very different from each other due to their origin. In fact Lampedusa and Lampione are part of the African continental plate, while Linosa is the emerging summit of an extinct volcano which is situated in the middle of the Sicilian Channel. Thus the Pelagie Islands are an example of a transcontinental archipelago.

The largest island is Lampedusa with a perimeter of 26km. Here you can experience a very long summer. It is possible to swim in these crystal blue waters until November (in fact, its geographical position is 160km south of Tunis the capital of Tunisia). One of the top 10 beaches in the world is to be found on the south west side of the island, the “Spiaggia dei Conigli” across from a small island that bears the same name. Here you will find fine white sand and water so clear it gives you the idea of an enormous pool. In 1996 the beach became a National Nature Preserve because sea turtles come here for their nesting. Every year many turtles, CARETTA CARETTA, come here to lay their eggs. Every nest is guarded until the eggs hatch. Rabbit Island is really a cliff very close to Lampedus. Years ago the stretch of water that separated them was 3m deep, but it has gradually gotten shallower. It is at the point that sometimes you can walk across dry sand to reach it. Lampedusa is a parched land divided by a gravel road going from the only town to Mount Albero Sole, the highest peak. From here the panoramic view of the sea will take your breath away. A large rock protruding from the sea seems to be a sail floating on the water and it is possible to see Linosa and Lampione on a clear day.

CIMG2125Sailing along the coast you will notice many extraordinary coves and headlands of wild beauty. If you sail east of the harbor you will reach Cala Maluk, Cala Francese, Punta Sottile and Cala Creta shielded by the cliffs of Capo Grecale. Following in the same direction the coast changes dramatically into a tall outline of cliffs embroidered with grottos until you reach Capo Ponente. Once you double back to Capo Ponente, the shoreline on the south side of the island descends gradually into multiple bays at the base of canyons.

Lampione, 10 miles north-west of Lampedusa, is appreciated for underwater photography, and it is possible to see grey sharks there too.

Linosa is 21 miles north of Lampedusa. It is a black volcanic island covered in green. The only hill has 3 dormant volcanic craters: Monte Ponente, Monte Rosso e Monte Vulcano. This quiet and restful island has only one little town that is nestled around the harbor of Scalo Vecchio. The most delightful places for a swim are the Faraglioni, situated in the middle of the eastern coast line with its crystal clear water; or off the cliffs of Fili that capture the sea enclosing it in a natural pool with changing color waters.

Here you will be blessed with unforgettable relaxing moments and wonderful memories.