Discovering Lampedusa – small dossier 1#

Lampedusa - Isola dei Conigli

The first time I travelled to this gorgeous island was 10 years ago. This year for the first time I had the chance to live it differently and to see aspects I hadn’t considered before.

The first thing you need to know about it, is that you will either love or hate it, there is no space for compromise in this Italian little spot of earth closer to Africa than to Sicily.

As you pack your luggage, there are some things you really shouldn’t forget:

  • sun cream (at least 30 SPF)
  • light and comfortable dresses
  • headgear
  • comfortable shoes
  • sun glasses
  • diver eyeglasses

Its latitude is approximately 36° and therefore you have to be very careful with the sun. If you don’t want to get burnt, I recommend to avoid sun from 1 pm to 5 pm. My typical day in Lampedusa was this:

8 am -> breakfast
8.30 am -> walk to the rabbits beach (Isola dei Conigli)
10.00 am -> swimming & swimming & swimming ;)1.30 pm -> lunch
2.30 pm -> nap
5.00 pm -> walk to another beach
7.30 – 8.00 pm -> walk back
9.30 pm -> dinner
11.00 pm stroll & drink with music

This is the perfect way to enjoy the island at most without getting tired or burnt 😉
Isola dei Conigli deserves a visit every day in the morning, because it’s the most beautiful beach (white sand) with a fantabulous crystal clear fresh water. It is so amazingly clear and cleen, that you can recognize the presence of fishes and jellyfishes (the latter come, if it is particularly hot) from their shadow on the sea bottom (!).
If you love swimming and watching fishes, it’ll be your paradise…

Lampedusa - Isola dei Conigli
The walk to Isola dei Conigli from town center is about six km: a good strategy, which permits you to eat anything you want during your stay 😉 If you don’t care about this, you can catch the bus, starting from a central square and taking you there for € 0,60 only. As you reach the bus stop, you’ll have to walk down for about 10-15 minutes to reach the beach. In Lampedusa you have to earn every drop of beautiful water by reaching it.
If you don’t like walking, it mightn’t be the right place for you… 😉

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