Two hours only 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.

South side beaches

Guitgia

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

Cala Croce and Portu ‘Ntoni

Beautiful cove formed by three small coves, all well served, two of white sand (the same Cala Croce and Portu ‘Ntoni ) and a cliff (Baia del Sol). It offers lucky visitors a blue sea among the most beautiful in Lampedusa. Cala Croce beach and Baia del Sol can be reached either from Guitgia from via Madonna.

The services are guaranteed by several kiosks located along the coast and by an establishment on the beach of Cala Croce.

Cala Madonna

Famous about the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Porto Salvo , reachable from via Madonna, is located a few meters from the Bay of  Cala Croce and even if its beach is not white and the sea is not turquoise, it remains a valid alternative to the more popular beaches, moreover for its deep inlet it offers shelter in the days of libeccio. The services are guaranteed by the presence of a small kiosk.

Cala Galera

The first set is located inside the Protected Nature Reserve , it is accessible by various paths, the simplest is after the campsite, ahead about 800 meters, if you stop to observe the valleys below rich in vegetation you will see the bumpy path that will allow you to reach this splendid cove of sand and stones. The wild side makes it a place for the adventurous few looking for tranquility. In Cala Galera the sea, green in color, is almost always crystalline due to the deep inlet that shelters it from many winds, the beach is not served, but… it’s really worth it!

Spiaggia dei Conigli

Don’t be afraid, you can’t go wrong, it is marked by a sign “Rabbit beach” park your vehicle paying attention to the parking restrictions (now very popular in Lampedusa!) And start the descent towards what is the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean , where the Caretta-Caretta turtles have chosen to lay their eggs. When you arrive at the platform from where you can see the beach, stop, look around at 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 it must remain so, certain behavioral rules should not be remembered but sadly it must be done. We never forget that it is everyone’s heritage, ours and only we can protect or destroy it.

Cala Pulcino

My favorite one, it’s beautiful! The turquoise of the sea, the contrast of the light rock that dazzles you, the valley behind it rich in vegetation make this bay a splendid photograph. Not easy to access, there are two possibilities: one by going down to the Conigli 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 (beyond the air force base keep left) passing a bar , turn left immediately, go down through a beautiful pine forest, bring food and umbrella and … have a nice day! To avoid when the sirocco blows.

South-East side beaches

Cala Maluk and Cala Spugna

Along the road that flanks the airport runway on the south side, there are several coves, the largest and most interesting being the bay of Cala Spugne. There are two small beaches, one of sand and fragments of shells and another equipped with sand transported from other places. The seabed is mostly algae and stony but there is no lack of large sandy areas that make the color of the water an irresistible charm. Generally uncrowded and therefore enjoyable, like the other coves facing south, we do not recommend it during the sirocco.

Cala Francese

Not 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 beautifully managed by Rosaria and her cute brothers who will pamper you with coffee, fruit and lots of laughs!

East side beaches

Cala Pisana

It is the beach for children and more, of Lampedusa, the quay is the springboard where you can indulge yourself with dives, the nice and clean beach, the very beautiful sea but above all rich in fish. It can be reached by passing through the center, towards the airport. Recommended when the strong sirocco blows.

Cala Uccello

Among the sea points, perhaps the least known and most popular of Lampedusa. Cala Uccello is a small cove facing east that ends in a tiny beach of stones and algae but with a beautiful crystalline green sea in front. It can be reached by going all the way along Cala Pisana and turning right just before reaching the alternative pier. In the last stretch the road is devoid of road surface. Recommended when the strong sirocco blows .

Cala Creta

This large bay on the east side of the island can be reached after a short dirt track that takes you on the right side of the road that reaches Lighthouse of Capo Grecale . The big word Cala Creta will inform you that you are in the right place, just continue a few more meters towards the sea. Although the bay is very wide, it is possible to use only a small concrete platform where you can sunbathe and access the sea, emerald green. The site is also very fascinating for underwater activities and is equipped with a bar, restaurant and sunbed service. Better to go there from morning until early afternoon when the sun is still high in the sky, or in the evening, when it turns into one of the most romantic places on the island.

Cala Calandra or Mare Morto

This bay, where the wind almost never blows (hence the name of Dead Sea), due to poor signage and the tightness of the route, can be difficult to reach. But don’t give up, it’s the same road that then ends at Capo Grecale Lighthouse . After the area of ​​ Cala Creta , take the second dirt road that is proposed on the right and continue towards the sea. Not very busy, it offers a spectacular panorama formed by a cave with the color of the enchanting sea in front, two islets, and a natural arch. Without beaches and services, it remains a must, 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!