Pantelleria is a remote island of Sicily, closer to the coasts of Tunisia than to the Italian ones. Here you will really find everything: history, nature, culture and a profound food and wine tradition. In fact, on the island there are still the signs of the people who lived here, starting from 5.000 years ago.
As for the landscapes, here you can get lost among beautiful coves and hidden rocky beaches and the typical nature of the Mediterranean scrub. Perfect destination also for those who love sports, including hiking, trekking, snorkeling and diving.
Here is a Pantalleria guide: how to get there, what to see and the most beautiful beaches!
- Where it is
- When to go? Info on climate and best time
- How to get to Pantelleria and how to get around
- 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
- Where to eat in Pantelleria: the best restaurants
- Nightlife: what to do in the evening in Pantelleria
- How much does a holiday in Pantelleria cost? Prices, offers and advice
- User questions and comments
Where it is
The island of Pantelleria is an Italian island located in the Mediterranean Sea, between Sicily (of which it belongs, under the municipality of Trapani) and the coasts of Northern Africa, more precisely those of Tunisia, which is only 70 kilometers away. Of volcanic origin, it is the largest and westernmost of the satellite islands of Sicily.
When to go? Info on climate and best time
- Weather: Mediterranean, mild and rainy winters and hot and sunny summers, not too sultry thanks to the breeze that often blows on the island; average temperatures between 12 ° in January and 25 ° in August (record reached 40 °); not abundant rainfall, the wettest month is November; the sea is warmest between June and September, with an average temperature of 24 °
- Best time: summer, from June to the first half of September (the first rains begin to arrive from mid-month), for a beach-only holiday, better in July and August, when the sea has a really good temperature; April and May are perfect months for hiking, but not for the sea
- Period to avoid: the winter period, as temperatures drop (the record minimum is 2 °) and the sky is often overcast due to possible precipitation
- Advice: for the summer months, pack T-shirts and shorts, swimsuit, sunglasses and sunscreen, snorkel equipment and rubber shoes for the rocks. In the winter months and in the mid-seasons always bring some sweatshirt and an umbrella and a waterproof jacket for the rain; don't forget comfortable shoes to walk and reach the most hidden coves
How to get to Pantelleria and how to get around
- By plane: from Sicily with flights operated by the DAT company, from Trapani and Palermo there are in fact two daily flights, while from Catania in May and October there are two weekly flights and from June to September four weekly flights - starting from € 57,00 -
- By sea: only from Trapani, thanks to the ferry service, with two daily departures; the first leaves at 14:00 and arrives at 20:00, the second makes a night crossing, departing at 23:00 and arriving on the island at 6:30 the next morning; tickets directly on the website of the Siremar company, prices vary according to the period (on average from € 30,00 each way). In summer, from June to the end of September, the route can also be traveled by hydrofoil, much faster, thanks to the Liberty Lines company (departure every day 13:40 with arrival 16:10, the ticket costs an average of € 43,00)
- How to get around in Pantelleria: the best way is to rent your own vehicle, scooter (from € 20,00 per day) or car (from € 40,00 per day); alternatively, use the local public transport buses, which however do not cover every corner of the island. There is also a Pantelleria-Airport line a / r; the single ticket costs € 1,40
10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
- Mirror Lake of Venus, in the northern part of the island near the airport, so named for the legend according to which the goddess Venus was reflected here; it is a natural lake that occupies the crater of the now extinct volcano; here you will also find various thermal muds
- Arch of the Elephant it is one of the symbols and is found on the east coast of the island; it is a rock of lava stone that owes its name to its strange shape, which resembles the trunk of an elephant
- Acropolis of San Marco and Santa Teresa, in the northern part of the island, not far from the city of Pantelleria; are the remains of the ancient Punic and Roman settlements, in fact on these two hills there were all the buildings with political, public and sacred functions
- Pantelleria Castle, located in the northern part of the island, on the city's waterfront; it is open from June to September and hosts various events; it is a castle of medieval origin built in lava stone and used as a prison until 1975
- Sesi, which in Pantelleria means piles of stones; located in the area of Mursia and Cimillia, these are sepulchral monuments built about 5.000 years ago by a people from North Africa who settled on this island
- Balata of the Turks, on the southern coast of the island; it is one of the most beautiful beaches, but also the most difficult to reach due to its hidden position at the base of a cliff; it is a completely natural area, devoid of tourist facilities
- Cala Gadir, on the north eastern coast of the island; here there are natural hot water pools, directly carved into the rock, the perfect place to relax; easily accessible, thanks to the large on-site parking and nearby accommodation facilities
- Cala Cottone, on the north-eastern coast of the island, near Cala Gadir; it is an ideal area for lovers of snorkeling and diving thanks to the beautiful seabed; reaching it is not easy and for this reason it is not very popular, a little corner of paradise
- Balata Kattibuale, on the northern coast of the island; it is a very particular small beach, as it is made up of a single block of lava stone; the seabed, although pebbly, is very shallow and makes the beach perfect for families with small children
- Cala Levante, on the eastern side of the island, not far from the Arco dell'Elefante; if you are an early riser, from here you can see the most beautiful sunrises in all of Pantelleria; ideal area for snorkelling and diving lovers and also for fishing lovers
Where to eat in Pantelleria: the best restaurants
- La Risacca Restaurant: it directly overlooks the port of the island and it is possible to have lunch or dinner on its beautiful terrace; it offers typical Sicilian dishes and Pantelleria cuisine
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: via Don Alonzo Errera 18 (Get directions) / tel: 0923 912975
- Osteria the Prince and the Pirate: located on the north eastern side of the island; beautiful restaurant with a romantic atmosphere and also equipped with an outdoor terrace with sea view, offers typical dishes of Pantelleria cuisine based on fresh fish
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: Strada Punta Karace (Get directions) / tel: 0923 691108
- Strit Fud: in the city center, not far from the port; restaurant with few outdoor seats, ideal for those who want a quick lunch break or for those who want to take away food; offers local dishes and traditional Pantelleria at excellent prices
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via Catania 8 (Get directions) / tel: 389 7909834
Nightlife: what to do in the evening in Pantelleria
The Pantelleria nightlife begins with an aperitif. In fact, on the island you will find several bars and clubs, which overlook the sea and where you can have an aperitif while admiring a beautiful sunset. And the aperitif can also turn into an exciting aperitif!
And for the rest of the evening, you can stop for a drink in the historic center or go wild all night in the island's discos: at Sesiventi in Mursia, at Discopub Altamarea at the port of Scauri or at Magma Club Discotheque in Kuddie Rosse / Mursia.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- U'Friscu: one of the most popular places on the island, perfect for an unforgettable aperitif or aperitif, thanks to the delicious cocktails and excellent local food; ideal place to admire the sunset with a glass in hand
Address: Contrada Scauri (Get directions)
- Cicci's Bar: pub located in the center, not far from the Castle and the Lungomare; is inspired by Tunisian clubs and offers special wines and local beers and is inspired by the typical local Tusine, cous cous themed evenings are often organized
Address: via Cagliari 7, Pantelleria (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Sesiventi: lounge bar immersed in the Sesi archaeological park, in the town of Mursia; ideal for both an aperitif and dinner and to entertain all night, thanks to the DJ sets and theme parties until the morning
Address: Parco dei Sesi and Muro Alto, Mursia (Get directions) / Facebook page
How much does a holiday in Pantelleria cost? Prices, offers and advice
The island of Pantelleria gains more and more visibility every year, attracting more and more tourists. This consequently leads to a rise in prices in the summer season, the best time to visit the place, but if you book early you will find really good offers! Starting from the accommodations, you will find double rooms from € 50,00 per night.
To visit the island, the best way is to rent a car or a scooter. As already mentioned, buses unfortunately do not cover the territory in a capillary way and to reach certain areas you will necessarily have to have your own vehicle. As for the costs, you will spend on average from € 20,00 per day upwards. If you go to the island in high season, we advise you to book your vehicle in advance directly online, so you can get one.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
- starting from € 57,00 -
- Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 400,00 per person -
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