Pantelleria: what to see, holidays in the island of Sicily

Information holidays Pantelleria, where it is, history, territory, places to see, how to get and what to do on the island.

Guide Pantelleria

Pantelleria is located in the Mediterranean Sea at the center of the Sicilian Channel at a distance of about 70 km from the north-east coast of Tunisia and is the largest of the islands just off the coast of Sicily. Some believe that it is the Ogigia indicated by Homer in the Odyssey, the poem in Greek mythology as the place where Ulysses was bewitched by the craftiness of the sorceress Circe.

The island of Pantelleria is of volcanic origin and its territory, culminating in the middle with the Big Mountain, a volcanic crater extinct whose altitude is 836 meters above sea level. Ancient activity ‘volcanic today remain some secondary phenomena such as thermal waters, the emanations of sulfur vapors into natural caves, and, and jets of steam coming out from the cracks of lava rocks.

Resource obsidian, volcanic glass coveted throughout prehistory more ‘old, are linked the first human settlements of Pantelleria. The witness more ‘significant is represented by Sesi, a people shrouded in mystery who built cyclopean walls and stone tombs, tombs dating back to the ancient age’ of bronze, found on the northwest coast, in the archaeological area of ​​Murcia, 3 km . from the center of Pantelleria.

The soil is very fertile island although there is ‘shortage’ of water resources, and is covered by lush vegetation. The land made arable through terracing defined by stone walls, is part of a beautiful agricultural landscape consists of vineyards, olive trees, caper plants and vegetables.
The vines that produce the grapes raisins hence the famous Passito di Pantelleria and the olive trees are pruned very low for them against winds that blow in Pantelleria incessant. Characteristic are Pantelleria gardens, high fences circular lava stone, which keep within them the citrus plants, protecting them from the wind and allowing the night dew to remain on plants throughout the day.

Within this landscape are harmoniously set the Dammusi, the typical houses of Pantelleria, inherits’ Arab occupation. Rural construction, stone walls very thick, has a dome covering the structure of which allows the channeling of rainwater to the precious tank, located near the dammuso. Except for Scauri, there are no beaches but only inconvenient access to the sea that does not make it the ideal place for beach holidays inspire the rest.

Although this allows you to discover a different dimension of the holiday island of Pantelleria where they join the smell of the sea and the rich history mixed with the many manifestations of secondary volcanism, as Caldarelle, the molfette, the favare that flow from the rocks a suitable temperature of one hundred degrees, and buvire where you can swim safely in the brackish waters with sensations impossible to try elsewhere.

What to do in Pantelleria

– Lake Mirror of Venus is a natural lake that occupies the bottom of a depression source caldera located in the northern center of Pantelleria. On the southern part of the lake are concentrated hot springs, where you can soak and slather on the sludge on the bottom of the lake, on the opposite side there is ‘a beach where you can’ swim ordinary and sunbathing.

– Tip of the arch of the elephant is on the east coast of the island and is a magnificent rock formation whose shape resembles an elephant with his trunk drinks water of the sea.

– The Cave Benikulà is located inland in the place ‘Benikulà’, its location offers a panoramic view of the great plain of the Monastery. The interior of the cave is a natural sauna where escaping water vapor to ca. 38 ° C.

– Cala Gadir from the third century. BC to the third century AD. This cove was the main port of the island and it proved contains precious archaeological divers. This place is appreciated for the presence of thermal waters contained in tanks located at sea level.

– Punta Nica in a cove of this location ‘, from the rocks of the vertical wall flows at a depth’ of 1-2 meters a thermal spring that makes the sea water hot.

– Pond Ondine a hot lava rock that the sea fills with water, the location ‘is accessible both by land and by sea.

– Balata dei Turchi a very beautiful cove which is one of the few down to the sea of Pantelleria.

How to reach the island of Pantelleria

In the north-west of Pantelleria is the airport of the island where the daily flights arriving from Palermo and Trapani throughout the year and in the summer with these, even those operated by some companies with departures from Rome, Milan, Venice, Verona and Bologna.

The ship is the cheapest way to get to the island of Pantelleria. You must get to Trapani and from there take the hydrofoil company Siremar that runs daily. For those not in a hurry, you can take the ferry also in Mazara del Vallo but in this case takes 2 hours by boat.