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Wonderful Pantelleria Island

By Wednesday, 26 April 2023 15:11
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Discover Pantelleria, one of Sicily's volcanic islands, also called the "Black Pearl of the Mediterranean." 
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Exploring Pantelleria: Sicily's enigmatic paradise

Pantelleria, located in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia, is part of Sicily and is the largest volcanic island in the Strait of Sicily. On an area of approximately 83 sqm, its strategic location in the Mediterranean has historically made it a crossroads of civilizations and cultures.

The little island offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance. Known for its rugged landscapes, thermal springs, and delicious cuisine. Often referred to as the "Black Pearl of the Mediterranean," it boasts a diverse and distinctive landscape with dark volcanic rocks, steep cliffs, and lush greenery.

The absence of sandy beaches is compensated by numerous natural coves and thermal hot springs like the Favara Grande, known for its warm, mineral-rich waters that are believed to have therapeutic properties and the Benikulà Cave near the town of Scauri, which is another popular bathing spot with natural hot springs. Cala Levante and Cala Tramontana are two coastal areas for swimming and sunbathing, with crystal-clear waters and rocky cliffs, while Cala Gadir is a secluded cove with calm, turquoise waters, making it an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling, and the Lake of the Mermaids is a delightful little lake fed by thermal springs.

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For adventure seekers, Pantelleria offers a range of outdoor activities and hiking trails that provide opportunities to explore hidden grottoes, ancient villages, and panoramic viewpoints. Some of the most popular are the Montagna Grande Trail that takes you to the highest peak on the island offering stunning panoramic views of Pantelleria's landscape. The Cala Levante Coastal Trail follows the rugged coastline from Cala Levante, passing through various coves and rocky cliffs, the Khamma trail leads through the ancient village of Khamma, while the Pantelleria Ring Road trail encircles the island, offering a comprehensive view of its diverse landscapes, including volcanic craters, vineyards, and coastal cliffs.

Lovers of history will appreciate Pantelleria’s ancient sites like the Sesi Archaeological Site with the remains of a prehistoric village dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.  The Venus Mirror Caves contain Neolithic rock carvings and paintings, as well as depictions of human figures and animals, and the Castello Barbacane is a medieval fortress, also known as the Castle of Pantelleria built by the Normans as a defensive stronghold against invaders. The island also has ancient Greek and Roman remains, and a series of Arabic watchtowers.

Pantelleria's cuisine reflects the island's rich cultural heritage and proximity to North Africa. Local specialties include "Caponata Pantesca," a unique version of the Sicilian eggplant dish, and "Cuddiruni," a traditional bread filled with tomatoes, olives, and capers. The island is also famous for its sweet wine, known as "Passito di Pantelleria which is yet another way to embrace the allure of the "Black Pearl of the Mediterranean.”

 

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