Si Trova: Isole Pelagie
Lat: 35° 30' 41.82233" N - Long: 12° 35' 55.78536" E
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Lampedusa is the largest of the islands of the Pelagie archipelago, and is much closer to the Tunisian coasts than to the Sicilian ones; it is 100 km away from Tunisia and 200 km from Agrigento.
Thanks to this proximity to Africa, Lampedusa enjoys a typically tropical fauna and flora.
The island has been populated since prehistoric times and in ancient times it represented an important commercial crossroads between Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs; the latter used it as a landing place during their pirate raids, even long after the official expulsion from Sicily.
The island is a natural reserve, it is part of the Marine Protected Area "Pelagie Islands".
Lampedusa is an ideal destination for those who want to spend a holiday of sun and sea, in an enchanted place.
There are sandy beaches where you can swim from May to October in an enchanting sea with incredible shades.
Diving in this unique natural environment allows you to enjoy a beautiful show.
In the south-west part of the island, following a rough path, you reach the Conigli beach, with its fine white sand, chosen as the most beautiful beach in the world.
In front of the beach, the small Island dei Conigli.
Towards the end of August, in these waters you can see the Caretta Caretta turtles.
For the protection of the turtles, towards the end of spring the beach is closed to allow the deposit of the eggs.
On the northern side of the island, at Punta Parise, there is a particularly large cave which can only be accessed by swimming, and inside which there is a small sandy beach.
Another point of interest is the lighthouse of Capo Grecale, from which skirting a large bay known as the Dead Sea, frequented by boats and divers attracted by the variety of fish fauna, we reach Punta Parrino and Punta Sottile, where some coves open up of the southern slope.
On Lampedusa there are two film festivals: "Lampedusa In Festival", organized by the local Askavusa association in collaboration with various national and international realities, and "Vento del nord", organized by Massimo Ciavarro and Laura Delli Colli.
In September, starting in 2003, an event concert was held on the island called "O 'Scià", organized by Claudio Baglioni, with lot of Italian and foreign guests, to increase awareness of the problem of irregular immigration.
Ferries provide daily services to Linosa and Porto Empedocle, which can be reached in 8 hours, in the summer months, from July to September, connections with Linosa and Sicily are also provided by hydrofoils with a dual-day service.
From Lampedusa Airport the air connection is guaranteed all year round for the airports of Palermo and Catania.
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