Only two hours of flight and then here it is with its 20 sq km of barren surface that smells of African land. At a latitude lower than the 35th parallel it represents the extreme southern edge of Italy, the southernmost point of Europe. There are numerous inlets lapped by crystal clear waters with fishy and beautiful backdrops that constitute a precious naturalistic heritage. Whether you come from the sea or from the sky, there are two things that immediately strike the visitor: the sunlight, so warm and dazzling, and the smell of the sea, sometimes delicate, sometimes so intense. Lampedusa, the largest of the Pelagie islands (the other two are Linosa and Lampione) geologically African land, ocher-colored stone emerging from the sea, from the rocks exposed by the wind after the deforestation suffered in the last century, has the country located in the part south-east, close to what until a few years ago was the only gateway: the port. The simple and warm hospitality is also found in the gastronomy, all based on fresh fish with tasty solutions, the result of a skilful mix of flavors and cultures ranging from Sicilian to Tunisian. In addition to the numerous opportunities to experience the sea by witnessing the passage of sperm whales between February and April, the laying of eggs of Caretta Caretta turtles, the possibility of participating in traditional peaches such as “paranza, purse seine, bolentino, lampara, trolling, Lampedusa, despite the its desert aspect hosts an interesting fauna community. In the northern high cliffs it is possible to admire the evolutions of the “falcon of the queen” and the “marangone with the tuft”. In the spring and autumn period migrations offer a show not to be missed: thousands of birds in fact they use Lampedusa as a resting place during the crossing.

La Guitgia

Very beautiful, the closest to the center, to the hotels, the best served but … the most crowded! To be avoided when the sirocco blows.

Cala Croce

Beautiful cove with two beaches both well served, but unfortunately also always quite crowded. It can be reached by continuing along the road towards Capo Ponente, turning left at the second, you will arrive at the Tunez Cafè, excellent for lunches, dinners and fantastic aperitifs. If you want to avoid the confusion, continue on foot along the left cliff, leaving the beach behind you, a fantastic natural swimming pool “la Baia del Sol”, equipped with sun beds and umbrellas but a little exclusive ….. only for those who can swim!

Cala Madonna

you will find it immediately after Cala Croce, pretty but very small. It is the beach where turtles recovered and treated by the WWF are often put back into the water.

Cala Galera

it is not absolutely easy to find the path that goes down but after the camping, about 800 meters ahead, if you stop to observe the valleys below rich in vegetation you can see the bumpy path that will allow you to reach this splendid inlet. The descent is a bit difficult, the beach is not sandy or even served, but … it’s really worth it!

Cala Pulcino

My favorite is beautiful! The turquoise of the sea, the contrast of the clear rock that dazzles you, the deep valley full of vegetation make this bay a splendid photograph. It is not easy to access, there are two possibilities: one going down to the Rabbits and going up the promontory on the right, or a longer but easier route, the one that starts from a path that you will find immediately after Casa Teresa (keep left on the aviation base) passing a barrier , turn immediately left, go down through a beautiful pine forest, bring food and umbrella and … have a nice day!

Isola dei conigli

Do not be afraid, you cannot go wrong, it is indicated by a sign “Rabbit beach” park your vehicle paying attention to the parking bans (now very popular in Lampedusa!) and start the descent to what is the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean, where Caretta-Caretta turtles have chosen to lay their eggs. When you get to the platform where you can see the beach, stop, look around 360 degrees, stop time if you can, I assure you that every time it is always a unique emotion. Remember, it is a heritage of humanity and must remain so, certain behavioral rules should not be remembered but sadly it must be done. We never forget that it is everyone’s property, ours and only we can protect it or destroy it.

Cala Maluk

It is a beautiful bay with a beach that you will find passing by the old port along the airport runway (the road is the same that leads to Cala Francese), the seabed is beautiful and above all generally uncrowded. Continuing towards Cala Francese there are numerous rocky ravines that offer splendid colors and interesting points where you can browse with mask and snorkel. Avoid when the “Scirocco” wind blows.

Cala Francese

Non-white sand beach, offers a good backdrop and is now equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds. You can also move slightly and you will find Sciatu Persu managed beautifully by Rosaria and her nice brothers who will pamper you with coffee, fruit and lots of laughs!

Cala Pisana

It is the beach of the children and not only, of Lampedusa, the quay is the springboard where you can indulge yourself with the dives, the nice and clean beach, the sea very beautiful but above all rich of fish. You can reach it passing from the center, towards the airport.

Cala Creta
and Cala Calandra

In the direction of Capo Grecale, easy to reach, there are no beaches but only rocky plains, the colors are beautiful and the seabed is always a surprise. They are ideal when a strong Mistral blows. I don’t want to describe them, you will have to discover them but when you go don’t forget your mask and fins!