To the south of the western most tip of Sicily and closer to Africa than to Europe, lies the “black pearl of the Mediterranean”, the volcanic island of Pantelleria...
The choice of spending your holidays in Pantelleria takes you to a volcanic island surrounded by a wonderful sea that treasures a spectacular marine world. Tourism in Pantelleria is not merely a sea-side holiday. A tour of the different sites (places like Khamma-Tracino, Scauri-Rekale, Bukkuram, Kazzen, Karuscia) offers the opportunity to discover naturalistic, artistic, historical and cultural itineraries that enable a close contact with Pantelleria's and its inhabitant's histories. The architectural element that marks Pantelleria's environment is the Dammuso: an ancient peasant house built with lava stone and with a cupola roof. The type of structure has a defensive character, it was invented in the 10th century when the island was subjected to frequent pirate attacks from the sea. Today the Dammuso have been transformed into comfortable holiday houses.
Maintown Pantelleria rises by the sea; is the pumping heart of the island's economic and institutional activities. The walk along the wharf, amongst bars and restourants and afternoon shopping boutiques, is a very typical one. Since very ancient times two populations inhabited it: one closer to the sea and linked to the maritime traffic businesses, the other was mainly rich landowners who lived on the other side of the castle. The Barbacane Castle, of the medieval period, dominates the town. It is surrounded by many dwellings which have been rebuilt after having been destroyed under Anglo-American air bombings in 1943.
Bukkuram is found on a little plateau internal to the island, in the midst of a fertile Zibibbo grape plants vineyard countryside that descends slowly towards the sea. A place where you have the possibility of finding daily fresh milk and eggs, as well as tasting local products such as ricotta, capers and the delicious Passito wine.
Pantelleria's Eastern Coast, orientated precisely towards north-east, is the dream place for the ones who love light that plays with the blue of the sky and the sea. Cala Levante is one of the many sheltered creeks on this coast. Here, suspended in a beautiful natural moment, you may be spectator of magnificent dawns on the sea, where the sun rises between the Faraglione and the Arco dell'Elefante. Cala Tramontana, with its protected stretch of water, gives you the possibility to near and dive into water surrounded by a bright volcanic beach and lush nature.
The area of Campobello is found on the North-Western side of the island of Pantelleria, between Karuscia and Punta Spadillo and not far from the Specchio di Venere lake. The rural landscape with very few dwellings and its safe but yet attractive reef are the main traits of this location. Campobello is the destination of those who like sea and quietness, those who love to discover Pantelleria's the typical products (zibibbo and capers especially), those who like the reinvigorating wellness of thermal baths and all those who want to pass a relaxing holiday's stay. Kazzen, not far from main town Pantelleria, is the right destination for those who wish to discover the typical local products. Zibibbo, Passito, capers, Pantelleria's Pesto, the ricottas and many other specialties are here found in great abundance. Furthermore, very interesting archaeological sites are found nearby (such as the Acropolis and the Sesi area), as well as the thermal site known as the Stufe di Kazen (Kazen's stoves). Khamma and Tracino are found on the Western side of Pantelleria. They are two of the most inhabited places of the island but in a very green and full of vegetation area.
Zubebi, or, "the Zibibbo hamlet". Zibibbo are the sweet grapes grown in every house of Pantelleria, with tender care and precious water saving. Zubebi is a hidden place on this beautiful and mysterious island, on the side of the extinct Montagna Grande volcano, 836 metres tall and highest mountain of the island. Cradled by the view that opens on main town Pantelleria and continues beyond it, towards the south eastern horizon in the direction of Africa, your thoughts will be free to travel wholeheartedly in intimate and relaxing promenades.
Mursìa is one of the most typical places on Pantelleria, and has probably been the landing place of the first inhabitants of the island who were attracted by the large quantities of obsidian, the precious hard volcanic stone that was used to make weapons and cutting tools. Although the name sounds like the Spanish region, it originates from the term marsa. If closely observed, this hamlet has the shape of a "port-likehamlet" indeed. It is found close to main town Pantelleria and near to the Kuddie Rosse (Red Hills), and it opens on one of the most breathtaking views on the island.
Scauri is a bathing resort located on the south-western coast of the island of Pantelleria. It is famous for its Porto Vecchio (the Old Harbour), originally a Roman landing for boats arriving from Tunisia. The harbour is still used for various touristic connections to and from the island. The hamlet also offers many culturally interesting sites such as the San Gaetano church and the ancient Byzantine tomb archaeological sites.