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LampedusaItaly

On a small island off the coast of Sicily, experience the essence of the Mediterranean, surrounded by white beaches and startlingly clear water.

Technically, the island of Lampedusa is closer to Tunisia than it is to the Italian mainland. Located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) off Sicily’s southern coast, the tiny island, part of the Isole Pelagie archipelago, has been a meeting ground for the Mediterranean’s many cultures for thousands of years. Taste the fish couscous, a specialty, for a sense of the mixture of ethnicities creating Lampedusa’s unique culture.

Most people start Lampedusan vacations on the beaches, so head to the water. Lie out on the sand of Rabbit Beach, the island’s most famous stretch of sand, surrounded on all sides by white cliffs. Rent a boat and row or motor to the Isola dei Conigli, known for its loggerhead turtles. Escape the crowds for Cala Greca, a tiny beach with brilliant white sand, or the secret Cala Galera.

Scooter along to the northern coasts, where North Shore Cliffs present an entirely different perspective on the sea. Walk up Monte Rosso, one of Lampedusa’s three peaks, to see the farming in its vast crater. Before the sun sets, try diving into the clear water in search of the Madonna del Mare, which teems with sea life. Toast life in the gathering twilight in Lampedusa Town.

Lampedusa is served by connections to Sicily and the Italian mainland. The island is a 1-hour flight from Palermo or Catania. There is also a ferry service, which takes just over 8 hours from Sicily. In September, hydrofoils take 4 hours. The island’s small size makes it extremely easy to visit on foot, but many visitors rent scooters or mopeds. Hourly shuttles connect Lampedusa Town and Rabbit Beach. Lampedusa has become increasingly frequented by migrants trying to make their way to Europe.

From Lampedusa, charter a boat to nearby islands, including the Isola dei Conigli or Linosa. Lampione, which has only a lighthouse, has some of Europe’s best diving.

Top Hotels in Lampedusa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Paladini di Francia
Hotel Paladini di Francia
3 out of 5
Via Alessandro Volta 40, Lampedusa
The price is $131 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Mediterranean Sea and Fisherman Statue. Guitgia Cove and Parish of St. Gerland Lampedusa are also within 15 ...

4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)

"Posizione strategica, di fronte al Porto Nuovo e a 15 min a piedi da Via Roma. Si arriva a piedi anche alla bellissima spiagia Guitgia. Ristorante adiacente I Gemelli dove abbiamo mangiato molto bene per 2 volte in una settimana. Belle camere spaziose e personale molto gentile, pronti ad accogliere ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Hotel Paladini di Francia
Residence Il Faro
Residence Il Faro
Via Grecale, Lampedusa, AG

Situated in Lampedusa, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Mediterranean Sea and Creta Cove. Calandra Cove and Cala Pisana are also within 1 ...

Residence Il Faro
Hotel Martello
Hotel Martello
3 out of 5
Piazza Medusa, 1, Lampedusa, AG
The price is $171 per night

Situated in Lampedusa, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fisherman Statue and Guitgia Cove. Parish of St. Gerland Lampedusa and Cala Croce Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (24 reviews)
Near a nice beach

"The hotel was okay with a good view. Double bed was two singles pushed together which was uncomfortable. Breakfast was terrible. Stale food that was reserved each day and little variety. Coffee was awful."…"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2017

Hotel Martello

Popular places to visit in Lampedusa

Rabbit Beach
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Rabbit Beach

5/5(1 review)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Rabbit Beach, a popular beach in Lampedusa. Amble around the area's parks or visit its monuments.

Cala Croce Beach
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Cala Croce Beach

5/5(1 review)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Cala Croce Beach during your travels in Lampedusa? Amble around the area's parks or visit its monuments.

Creta Cove
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Creta Cove

Explore the great outdoors at Creta Cove, a lovely green space in Lampedusa. Stroll along the beaches or discover the area's volcano viewpoints.

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Photo "Isola dei Conigli" by Gio la Gamb (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Isola dei Conigli