Despite being only 20 km2, the little island of Lampedusa is a treasure-trove of surprises for its visitors. Located in the Mediterranean, it is one of Sicily’s Pelagie Islands and is Italy’s southernmost territory. Immune to the cold chills of winter, its enviable climate makes it an idyllic place to visit all year round, especially in September to October.
Forget the white beaches you may have seen on trips to the Maldives or the Caribbean, on this strip of land rising from the sea and stretching out towards Africa, the colours and clear waters will leave you breathless. It’s no wonder Spiaggia dei Conigli has been regarded as the most beautiful beach in the world for years, and believe us, the other bays on the island are no less stunning.
Whilst the beaches are undoubtedly the main reason for visiting Lampedusa, there are many others too: such as the turtles, which have chosen the beaches of Lampedusa as their favourite nesting beaches in the Mediterranean. To find out more about these amazing animals and how to protect their species, the loggerhead sea turtle (caretta caretta), visit the Lampedusa Sea Turtle Rescue Centre.
If walking is your thing, there are some impressive trekking trails that allow you to take in stunning and boundless views of the coast. Another fantastic way to discover the natural pools dotted along the island is to take a boat trip. Swim with dolphins, snorkel, or scuba dive to discover underwater wonders and, above all, enjoy a little downtime in waters so turquoise you can hardly believe they are real.
Its delicious Sicilian food is another excellent reason to visit the island. Lampedusa is a fishing island and the importance of the sea is reflected in its cuisine: fish is the star ingredient in the regions exquisite dishes, some even have African influences and include couscous, for example.
And for those looking for chill-out time, between a Slushy and a dip, you’ll have the chance to go horseback riding, quad biking, or simply bask in the sun.
So, have we convinced you to visit this little bit of paradise that’s just a flight away? Remember to plan you holidays well in advance, it’s only a small island and word of its beauty has gotten out!