Together with the Island of Linosa they are a mix of Europe and Africa, after all they are closer to Tunisia than to Sicily. The island is just 3 Km wide by 12 Km long.
One of many amazing beaches in Lampedusa
Most of the best beaches are on the eastern and southern coasts, since the north and west are practically inaccessible.
Lampedusa has many amazing beaches; several of them are well known and may be crowded, especially during high season. But there are many more hidden coves and beaches where the visitor my find some solitude. Most beaches are ideal for swimming since the waves are not high at all.
Rabbit Island with the best Beaches of the Mediterranean
The Best Beach in the World
Rabbit Island or “l'Isolotto dei Conigli” has been named by many travel magazines and websites as the most beautiful beach in the world. It can be visited on a day tour from Lampedusa.
It is a tiny island offshore of the main one, actually only 100 meters from the coast over shallow waters 3 meters deep. This is a real miracle of nature that shouldn’t be missed. Look for the turtles that choose to reproduce here.
Cala Pulcino in the southern coast of Lampedusa Italy
It is located on the southern coast near the famous Rabbit Island in a very picturesque canyon. The sands are blinding white and the waters transparent in many shades of blue and turquoise.
Located on the east coast, south of Pisana Cove, it is a small beach mainly for those seeking some solitude and privacy. It is a sandy beach bordered by rocks and transparent blue waters.
This is one of many beautiful bays that characterize the southern part of the island. Tine ago it was used for the treatment of sponges.
Guitgia Beach is the most popular beach in Lampedusa
It is located in the bay of the port town of Lampedusa, the only town on the island, and is easily accessible by public transport. It is an incredibly beautiful beach of soft white sand surrounded by turquoise sea and crystalline waters. This is the most popular beach on the island and home of most of hotels and shops.
Dead Sea Beach
Located on the south side of Lampedusa, it owes its name to the calm waters. This is a beautiful rocky cove with transparent waters.
Cala Croce with the most clear waters in Lampedusa
It is a charming natural inlet located east of Guitgia beach, not far from the town of Lampedusa. The cove is home to two beaches characterized by soft white sand and beautiful turquoise and crystal clear water, with colors that change throughout the day depending on the reflection of the sun.
Cala Porto N'Tone
It is located on the southern coast of the island, just west of Cala Croce and close to Cala Madonna. It is a very picturesque small beach of soft white sand with a beautiful sea of changing colors from cobalt blue to turquoise and the bottom very rich in marine life, ideal for diving and snorkeling.
The idyllic beach of Madonna in Lampedusa
It is located on the southern coast of the island, just to the west of Cala Croce. It is a beautiful and wide beach of white sand and a beautiful sea of changing colors from cobalt blue to turquoise.
It is located on the east coast, south of Cala Creta, just 1.5 Km from the village of Lampedusa. The bay, which is the second bay of Lampedusa, features a small and isolated beach.
It is a very deep cove at the mouth of a valley, located within the Nature Reserve of the island, with typical vegetation, such as carob, euphorbia, figs and mulberries. It is a beautiful sandy beach.
Cala Greca in the southern coast of Lampedusa
It is located on the southern coast of the island, not far from Cala Croce. It is a beautiful beach of soft white sand, not very long and bordered by dramatic cliffs shaped by the wind and the sea.
It is a charming sandy beach ideal for families with children as well as for snorkelers, thanks to the many rocky gorges and clear waters.
Madonnina, the small statue placed there by a diver
Diving in Lampedusa Italy
There are a few diving sites around the island. The waters are crystal clear and full of marine life to the enjoyment of divers.
You’ll find a few diving shops where to rent your equipment. These same shops will guide you about the location of the diving sites. You may even find a few of the shops with instructors for the beginners.
In the undersea cave in front of "Rabbits Island" there is a statue of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, deposited by a diver to thank the islanders for the aid during an accident at sea.
This satellite image shows the location of Lampedusa
South of Sicily east of Tunis west of the Islands of Malta
Getting to Lampedusa Italy
The only way to reach the island is by small plane or boat. There are ferries and hydrofoils leaving the port of Empedocles in southern Sicily, with frequent departures during high season; the prices are reasonable. Once on the island it can be explored by foot, due to its size.
It is even better if you rent a scooter or mopeds which are available upon arrival from Sicily.
For more information visit Italian Tourism website
The beach of Rabbit Island in Lampedusa
Lampedusa Italy is a very quiet island and the best thing to do here is to enjoy the natural beauty of the island. Most visitors come to the island to visit the beautiful beaches, spend time relaxing in the sun and swim in the cool waters. There aren't many activities to do here; except for the beaches and the nature trails.
During the hottest nights of the summer, make an effort to attend the many celebrations happening on the island’s beaches, including bonfires, spaghetti cookouts and barbecues, and musical performances.
Taste the fish cous cous, a mix of African and Sicilian flavors; in Lampedusa’s version the locals add shrimp, lobster and seafood, and accompany it with delicious chilled white wines.
images for lampedusa italy
lampedusa by luca siragusa
rabbit island by fugiu
cala madonna by anto 918
cala greca n/a
satellite map n/a
all courtesy of wikimedia commons