Holiday getaways – coastal islands of Sicily: Pantelleria, Lampedusa and Ustica

Tabaccara, Lampedusa, ©lucasiragusa/Flickr

Tabaccara, Lampedusa, ©lucasiragusa/Flickr

Whenever you are looking for a lovely holiday location for the summer or any other season you will always find an ideal one in the surrounding region of Sicily that will suit all your needs and expectations. All the islands located along the coastal region of Sicily have great beaches and many interesting and fascinating sights to see. Try the best Italian wine and learn more about the history of the ancient Roman Empire. Visit the old ruins of buildings from the past. Walk around and just soak up the historical atmosphere. Among the several islands and islets in this article you can read more about the island of Pantelleria, Lampedusa and Ustica.  

Pantelleria – daughter of the wind

The island of Pantelleria is located about 100 km apart from the Sicilian Channel. Visit the scene where ancient Phoenician history took place and take a look at their old walls and buildings which were invaded during WWII by the Allies. Thanks to its windy weather the island’s name comes from the phrase ‘bent al rhia’ which means ‘daughter of the wind’ in Arabic. Pantelleria is famous for its capers and vineyards where Passito di Pantelleria and Moscato di Pantelleria are produced. Among the many sights worth seeing on the island we can mention the Mirror of Venus locally called Specchio di Venere and a lagoon located in a volcanic crater. If you need a place to relax and release stress visit the best thermal springs at the Sauna Cave. We also recommend you the most popular beach on the island: Balata dei Turchi.

Specchio di Venere, ©maurobrock/Flickr

Specchio di Venere, ©maurobrock/Flickr

Lampedusa – the greatest of the Pelagians

In the most southern corner of Italy you will find the largest island of the Pelagians, called Lampedusa. The island is also located in the Sicilian Channel, about 205 km towards the south from the coast of Sicily. It is only 150 km apart from Malta and about 113 km from Tunisia. Currently the island has about 6000 permanent inhabitants. Once it belonged to the Tomasi family who were the seigneurs until the middle of the 19th century. The island can be approached by ferry boats from Agrigento. Soak up the sun lying on the best beaches such as Cala Maluk, Spiaggia dei Conigli or Cala Greca.

Tabaccara, Lampedusa, ©lucasiragusa/Flickr

Tabaccara, Lampedusa, ©lucasiragusa/Flickr

Ustica – and its natural beauty

We recommend the island of Ustica for those who like nature. The island is located about 50 km from Palermo towards the north. You can take the ferry boat from there and go on a one day trip to this magnificent little volcanic island. Ustica is mostly known for its beautiful coastal caverns and marine reserve. There are also some Phoenician tombs and ruins as well which are worth visiting.

Ustica Island, ©island of volcanoes/Flickr

Ustica Island, ©island of volcanoes/Flickr

 

Leave a Reply