The island of Pantelleria, although part of the Sicilian region, is much closer to Africa than it is to our country. From its western beaches we can see the coast of Tunisia, this aspect, along with many others, has played a fundamental role in its history. The island of Pantelleria has always been a place of welcome for the peoples of the Mediterranean and a paradise of biodiversity. One of the main reasons to visit the Sicilian island is its coast with its fantastic beaches and fabulous sea.
There are so many places to go to the sea in Pantelleria, all of which are breathtakingly beautiful. Many beaches chase around the island, formed by wild and uncontaminated coves, where there is no trace of sand, but only pebbles and volcanic stones. Some of these coves can be reached from the mainland, while others can only be reached by sea. One of the most fascinating places on the island of Pantelleria is the Balata dei Turchi. A spectacular bay, where the sea takes on incredible colors. The bay is so named due to the presence of a slab of lava that gives access to the sea.
Another enchanting place not to be missed is Cala Cottone, an inlet used in the past to transport cotton. The beach, set in a small bay, is formed by pebbles. Also very popular is the Ondine lake, a mirror of salt water located in Punta Spadillo. Among the other wonderful beaches of Pantelleria, we mention: Cala Tramontana, Cala Levante, Cala Cinque Denti, Nikà, Gadir and Bue Marino.
A place not to be missed is the Arch of the Elephant, a huge rock in lava stone whose shape resembles that of an elephant entering the water, which with its proboscis creates a natural arch.
The importance of Pantelleria in the history of the peoples of the Mediterranean is evidenced by the presence of many archaeological areas. Among these is the Castello Barbacane of Pantelleria, of medieval origin and built in lava stone. The Castle served as a prison until 1975 and is located near the old port, overlooking Piazzale Almanza and Via Borgo Italia. Today the castle is open to visits and in the summer months hosts many events. Inside the castle there is also a very interesting museum with numerous archaeological finds including the famous Imperial Heads.
Another historical place not to be missed are the Acropolis of San Marco and San Teresa. On the two hills there are the testimonies of the Punic and Roman period. In particular, in San Marco, cisterns were brought to light in which the three imperial heads of Julius Caesar, Antonia Minor and Titus were found.
In the area of Mursia and Cimillia it is easy to come across megalithic buildings: the Sesi. These are stones whose construction is attributed to an African people who settled in the area about 5,000 years ago. Only in 1800 were these buildings recognized as sepulchral monuments.
Moving to the eastern part of Pantelleria, in the locality of Cala Gadir, we note the presence of numerous amphorae found on the seabed, which are part of wrecks dated between the III and II century BC The historical importance of the place has prompted the Superintendency of the Sea of the Sicilian Region to create the first underwater archaeological itinerary.
Another wreck was found in the port of Scauri to the west of Pantelleria. Research shows that the wreck is tipped around the end of the 5th century AD due to a fire on board. The boat, coming from Africa, was transporting kitchenware made in Pantelleria.
The mirror lake of Venus is a natural basin that insists inside a crater of a now extinct volcano. This wonder of nature is located in the center of the island of Pantelleria in the Bugeber district. The name of this lake is linked to a legend, in fact, it is said that the goddess Venus was reflected in its waters before its meeting with Bacchus. The lake offers a fantastic natural scenery and is also known for the thermal muds that are created inside the tanks where the water comes out at over 50 degrees.
The Sibà natural sauna
A magnificent cave carved into the rock, inside which steam comes out at about 40 ° C. It is the cave of Benikulà, known as the natural sauna of Sibà. To reach this place you have to take a path surrounded by nature. Another jewel of the nature of Pantelleria are the Favare, jets of water vapor that come out of cracks in the rock, which can even reach 100 degrees.