Pantellaria

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Introduction

Pantelleria is an island lying between Sicily, Italy and Tunisia. It is culturally Sicilian in every way. there is a great emphasis on the art of hospitality. It is becoming quite a chic destination. It is striking and hilly, with the countryside dotted with white Dammuso houses. There are no beaches - people swim off the black rocks.

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Geography

The Island is located in the Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, 100 kilometres southwest of Sicily and 60 kilometres east of the Tunisian coast. Tunisia is visible on clear days. Administratively Pantelleria is a comune belonging to the Sicilian province of Trapani.

With an area of 83 square kilometres, it is the largest volcanic satellite island of Sicily. The last eruption occurred in 1891 below sea level, and today phenomena related to volcanic activity can be observed, such as hot springs and fumaroles.

The highest peak, called Montagna Grande, reaches 836 metres above sea level.

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Cities

The main centre is Pantelleria Town, along with the much smaller Scauri, Tracino & Kamma and Rekale.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Specchio di Venere - a lake inside the crater of a former volcano.
  • The Sesi - black Neolithic funeral mounds.
  • The pretty seaside hamlet of Gadir and its thermal pools.
  • The pretty vineyards in the Piano Ghiraldia at the far (east) end of the island.
  • The wonderful Arco dell'elefante

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Weather

The Island has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and mild but wetter winters. Average highs range from 14 °C in January to 29 °C in August, while nights are between 10 °C and 22 °C respectively. Records range from 1 °C (so no frost has every been recorded at sea level!) to 42 °C.
Annual precipitation is around 500 mm with practically nothing between late May and early September and most of it falling from November until early March.

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Getting There

By Plane

Planes fly in daily from Palermo and Trapani (40 minutes). See AirONE and Meridiana.

There are seasonal flights (summer only) from cities like Rome and Milan.

By Boat

Daily overnight ferries run from Trapani in Sicily, running more frequently alongside hydrofoils in Summer. Hydrofoil from Mazara del Vallo twice daily. See SIREMAR and Ustica Lines.

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Getting Around

By Moped

An excellent way to see the island is to hire a moped for a few days. It is small enough to do a circuit in 4 hours or so. Beware: there are only two petrol station on the Island, both in Pantelleria Town.

By Bus

There is quite a good bus service around the island. See Pantelleria Council

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Eat

  • Il Cappero Via Roma - Excellent medium-priced food, very popular with the locals.
  • Zabib Porto di Scauri +39 0923916617 - Good restaurant, open only for dinner.

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Drink

  • CiCCi's Bar - A favorite place in Pantelleria village, right near the central square. Generous snacks. Great atmosphere. Cicci is a force on Pantelleria and this bar has great ambience and personality. A must visit bar and cafe in the true Sicilian style.
  • Passito - You must drink the famous wine of Pantelleria, called Passito. Pantelleria is an island of farmers, not fishermen. The ancient wine is unique in all the world and the best Passito is generally only available locally. If you make friends with local people you can have the adventure of tasting home made Passito. Passito is a rich meditation wine, sometimes called a dessert wine. Passito and Capers are the island's two best known products.

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Sleep

  • Miryam - Corso Umberto 1 +39 0923 911374. Modern, but functional, overlooking the harbour. Quite cheap out of season.
  • Cossyra - Cuddie Rosse-Mursia +39 0923911154. About 3 kilometres from Pantelleria port, this 3-star hotel has pleasant grounds, a pool, tennis courts and a private beach.
  • Albergo Miryam Hotel
  • Mursia and Cossyra Hotel & Spa - Loc. Mursia +39 0923911217 - 0923911154. fax +39 0923911026 About 3 kilometres from Pantelleria port, this 3-star hotel has pleasant grounds, a pool, tennis courts and a private beach.
  • Blue Moon Hotel - Don Alonso Errera street, ☎ +39 0923 912785. Charming and cheap hotel in the center of Pantelleria city. They will pick you up at the airport. Nice rooms. €90 for a 3-person room

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