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If you're looking for a beautiful island in Italy where you can relax, enjoy the sun, sea, and natural mineral hot springs, then consider a trip to Pantelleria. This small island is Italy’s southernmost point. It’s also the island which is furthest away from the mainland. Pantelleria is actually closer to Tunisia (25 miles away) than Italy.
The rocky caves and unspoiled landscapes of Pantelleria will make you feel like you’re not even in Europe, which wouldn’t be too far from the truth.
All this makes the island of Pantelleria a great destination for a restful vacation and multiple opportunities to immerse in Italy’s wild nature.

Pantelleria is one of the possible places where the mythological Calypso seduced the mythological Ulysses, keeping him from returning home for seven years.

Pantelleria, the ancient Cossyra or Cossura, is an Italian island and comune in the Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Sicily and 60 km (37 mi) east of the Tunisian coast. On clear days Tunisia is visible from the island.
Administratively Pantelleria's comune belongs to the Sicilian province of Trapani.
With an area of 83 km2 (32 sq mi), it is the largest volcanic satellite island of Sicily.

Pantelleria has a natural hot sauna, in a grotto on the side of Montagna Grande, the island’s highest peak (2,740ft). Otherwise the pleasures of the island mainly consist of mooching around Pantelleria town (where nearly all the shops are), and exploring farther afield, best done on a rented moped or bike.
The indented coast shelters some choice swimming spots off the black rocks as well as marine grottos, while in the Mursia neighbourhood you’ll come across prehistoric sesi, stone-piled tombs 4,000 years old.

To the south of the western most tip of Sicily and closer to Africa than to Europe, lies the “black pearl of the Mediterranean”, the volcanic island of Pantelleria. The largest of all Sicilian islands it was the first stepping stone for the Arab invasion of Sicily in the eighth century AD and its name derives from the Arabic "Bint-al Rion" - Daughter of the Wind.
Pantelleria is one of Sicily's most characteristic minor islands and is not part of an archipelago like the Egadis or the Aeolians.
Its rocky coastline, sometimes dramatic, sometimes gentle, extends for just over 31 miles but encapsulates a great deal.
Well worth a visit in the interior is La Montagna Grande, a National Park area and the island's highest peak, which, at 836m offers wonderful views not only of Pantelleria and the sea, but also, on a clear day, of the North African coast.

The island is endowed with a jagged coastline bathed by clear blue sea, that hides a wealth of varied marine life: its rocky slopes, fashioned by dry stone walling into terraces fit for cultivation, together with the local dammusi (typical kind of house) combine to confer upon the place an exceptional and unique beauty. The distinctive colours of the soil and base rock, which for the most part are basaltic, have earned the island a nickname, namely the black pearl of the Mediterranean”.
Volcanic land – The highest point on the island is Montagna Grande (836m), an ancient crater.
The rocky black lava coastline is riddled with caves and small headlands projecting into the sea.
The land mass being volcanic is extremely fertile and well drained, and therefore suited to the cultivation of the vine.
Solimano, a sparkling wine with a delicate bouquet, together with the
Passito di Pantelleria made with zibibbo grapes, are the principal specialities of the island.
Second to these are the salted capers, which are harvested from plants that produce abundant numbers of exquisitely delicate flowers.

Although Italian it is proud of its Arab influence.
It has a very rich history and the main engineers of the islands gardens and architecture was the Arabic culture.
However mixed the culture is, it is in this time a very Sicilian culture in every way. there is a great emphasis on the art of hospitality.
It is becoming quite a chic destination. It is striking and hilly, with the countryside dotted with white Dammuso houses.
There are no beaches - people swim off the black rocks.
The main centre is Pantelleria Town, along with the much smaller Scauri, Tracino & Kamma and Rekale.

The island's unique agricultural traditions, characterised by low-slung caper bushes, dwarf grapevines and olive trees laid out on terraces between dry stone walls, earned UNESCO World Heritage status.
There are no true beaches, but Pantelleria's gorgeous, secluded coves are perfect for snorkelling, diving and boat excursions.

There are many other things to see and do on Pantelleria, like take a boat ride around the island, or visit the natural marine caves, sun on the calm beaches, snorkel or dive in the coves, or take a walk through the fields of zibibbo grapes. Along the way, most of the houses you'll see blend in with the colors of the island, but there are some buildings that are whitewashed, similar to what you might see in Greece.
You get PANTELLERIA either by plane from Palermo or by boat from Trapani (about four hours). When arriving by boat, you come into the port where the town of Pantelleria is located.
Most of the buildings are not very old, having been re-built after World War II bombings.
The castle of Barbacane is probably the only pre-World War II building left.
There are eleven villages and many scattered houses - most of them sporting the thick square walls and domed roofs left behind by the Moors who ruled here for 400 years and gave the island its name.
It is the wild beauty, the dramatic coastline, the incredibly pristine water, the abundance of caves, coves, grottos and inlets, that draw a small but intensely loyal group of visitors to this quiet outpost.

Some of what you can do in Pantelleria
Rent a moped to explore. One must-see: the island’s thermal pools. Beaches are rocky, but offer great snorkeling just offshore.
Scenic walk around the lake and a natural volcanic spa with wonderful mud suitable for applying on your body and when dried- scrubbing it off and enjoying a swim. For best experience - go early!
A short ride from Scauri, the Lago Di Venere is worth a visit. A pleasant place to spend several hours to enjoy the mud baths and natural hot Springs.
You simply have to visit this natural sauna, it's an incredibly unusual experience. Drive up the long road (follow the signposts), park up and then it's a 15-20min walk along the side of the calera - great views - then up a short flight of stone steps to what at first glance seems to be a couple of wooden benches under some trees. Then strip down to your bathers and flipflops and squeeze through a narrow gap between 2 huge rocks to sit in an absolutely pitch-dark cave filled with hot steam. Inside there is room for around 5 people and you sit on little flat rocks.
Remember to bring bottled water.

Its volcanic origin is covered by the luxuriant Mediterranean plants, among these plants there are the grapevines from that it extracts the famous “Passito of Pantelleria”, a world appreciated wine. The coast is rocky, but there are accessible places in which you can pass through to go to the sea.
The sea is always see-through and it is full of marine fauna.
Within the Island there are many reasons that incite you to do excursions: secondary volcanic phenomenon, natural small lakes and the most panoramic places of Pantelleria.


PANTELLERIA La Perla Nera del Mediterraneo
Guardare il mare da sotto la pinnata di un dammuso è solo il primo dei motivi per cui andare a Pantelleria e dormire in una di queste antiche unità abitative, fatte di pietra lavica murata a secco, essenziali nell’ aspetto e ricche di storia e tradizione, è una vera full immersion nello spirito dell’isola
Quest’isola ha un carattere piuttosto serio, quasi austero.
Non si è imbellettata con muri bianchissimi e variopinte bouganville, anzi, il suo colore è il nero elegante e discreto della pietra lavica. Pantelleria non ha bisogno di mettersi in mostra, sta a noi scoprire le sue bellezze e conoscere il suo cuore.

Pantelleria è anche buon vino!
La vite ad alberello di uva zibibbo è patrimonio dell’umanità.
E’ la prima volta che nel mondo una pratica agricola viene inserita nella lista del patrimonio UNESCO Sicilia
La visita alle numerose cantine, tra i vitigni con le tipiche viti ad alberello e gli eventi annuali che celebrano il vino e il famoso Passito di Pantelleria ci fanno immergere nella più antica tradizione pantesca, nella sua cultura e tra i suoi sapori.

Pantelleria letteralmente “Figlia del vento”
Sorge tra l’Africa e l’Europa. Dista 67 km dalla costa tunisina e 85 da quella siciliana.
Non appartiene a nessun arcipelago ed è la più grande tra le “isole satelliti” della Sicilia con una superficie di 83 kmq e un perimetro di 51,5 km.
“La perla nera” del mediterraneo, così viene definita Pantelleria, è un’isola di origine vulcanica e nonostante l’ultima eruzione risalga al 1891 e si tratti ormai quindi di un vulcano spento, la sua vita geologica è ancora in attività con fenomeni vulcanici secondari molto presenti, che contribuiscono a caratterizzarla e renderla unica.
Il punto più alto dell’isola si raggiunge sulla cima della Montagna Grande a ben 863 metri sul livello del mare.

Terra di esuli cristiani e di invasioni saracene dal mare, Pantelleria, nonostante la sua condizione di isola, ha subito diverse invasioni e, ovviamente, diverse influenze nel corso dei secoli.
Lo si nota dall’accento dei suoi abitanti, che non è facilmente decifrabile e non è assimilabile a quello che si sente comunemente in Sicilia.
Il dialetto pantesco oggi è un misto di termini siciliani, italiani, arabi e latini.

L’isola di Pantelleria offre moltissime calette, baie e grotte raggiungibili sia dalla terra ferma che dal mare. Per poter raggiungere quest’ultime è necessario arrivarci in barca, una delle prime cose da fare è sicuramente il giro dell’isola in barca.
Ammirare dal mare Pantelleria e le sue spiagge è sicuramente un’occasione da non perdere perché mostra uno dei lati nascosti dell’isola, dove l’uomo non è potuto arrivare.
Alcuni di questi luoghi di mare sono veri e propri centri termali a cielo aperto:
Lido Shurhuq Cala Cinque Denti Nikà Cala Levante Arco dell’Elefante Balata dei Turchi Bue Marino Mursia Gadir Martingana.

Il Lago Specchio di Venere, chiamato così perché, si racconta, si specchiasse la Dea Venere prima di incontrare Bacco, è un lago naturale che occupa il cratere di un vulcano in contrada Bugeber, situato, più o meno, al centro dell’isola.
L’Arco dell’Elefante è una località balneare conosciuta per un’enorme scoglio di pietra lavica a forma di proboscide di elefante che entra in acqua creando un grande arco. E’ uno dei luoghi simbolo di Pantelleria, questa strana forma infatti richiama ogni anno centinaia di turisti.
La Sauna Naturale di Sibà detta anche Grotta di Benikulà, è una grotta formata da una faglia nella roccia, all’interno della quale, ad intermittenza, fuoriesce vapore acqueo a circa 40°C.
Il luogo è particolarmente suggestivo anche per il panorama in cui è immerso.
Il Laghetto delle Ondine è un laghetto naturale a confine con il mare, infatti a contenerlo è una parete rocciosa che si immerge nelle acque della località chiamata Punta Spadillo, zona est dell’isola. Anch’esso è un luogo simbolo di Pantelleria perchè vi si può fare il bagno anche, e soprattutto, in presenza di mare agitato che ricambia continuamente l’acqua al suo interno.

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