Almost tropics

LAMPEDUSA and LAMPIONE – LINOSA

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Almost tropics, Sailing Bubbles itinerary © Il cielo in una sogliola

When: July – August
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Boarding and disembarking: Lampedusa

Check in: Saturday at 16:00
Check out: Saturday at 10:00

Activities available: sailing, scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, trekking, food tasting

Almost tropics, Sailing Bubbles itinerary © Il cielo in una sogliola

When: July – August
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Boarding and disembarking: Lampedusa

Check in: Saturday at 16:00
Check out: Saturday at 10:00

Activities available: sailing, scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, trekking, food tasting

Lampedusa and Lampione

Although today it is mostly famous for the desperate immigrants coming from Lybia, Lampedusa has always been a real gem. Imagine a lost bit of African desert sailing in the Sicily Channel: crude, essential, the sea wraps her in a tropical transparency with no comparison in the Mediterranean.

The island offers pubs and night life just as well as total relax. There are also many culturally intriguing places and people.

10 miles west of Lampedusa, a small rock known as Lampione arises from the void of a sea that here looks more like an ocean. This is one of the last diving paradises in the Mediterranean, even more when between July and September gray sharks inhabit the site (beside sea turtles and dolphins). Even just swimming in these waters is worth the entire holiday.

Linosa

As you approach it from the sea (there’s no other way), Linosa’s skyline reveals its relatively recent volcanic origins. Once on land, you can’t help but being overwhelmed by a powerful and seductive energy that will change you forever.

This happens because of the sweet and colorful landscapes, but also thanks to the welcoming local people, whose approach has nothing to do with the cold touristic ways that we are used to elsewhere. You will be their guests, and will receive peace in exchange.

Underwater, it’s a revelation. The breath-taking views are also full of life, and a few places on earth can rival its crazy visibility.

On land, finally, you’ll be cuddled by a genuine cuisine based on local fish and vegetables, and you’ll be alone while trekking on the edge of ancient craters.

Underwater

Located inside the Marine Protected Area of the Pelagie Islands, Lampedusa hosts very colorful dive sites with an astonishing luminosity.

The pearl, though, is a tiny rock named Lampione, arising from the devoid sea some 10 miles west of Lampedusa. This is one of the last pristine spots in the Mediterranean, with sea turtles and even gray sharks, far from being rare during the dives between July and September.

Beside the Marine Protected Area, Linosa doesn’t share much with its better-known neighbor. The volcanic nature of its underwater landscapes is immediately evident: dizzying drop-offs and perfectly sculpted columnar basalts make Secchitella one of the most spectacular dive sites in the Mediterranean.

The extremely scarce anthropic pressure allows the sea to boil with life since the first few meters of depth, and the visibility here is definitely one of the craziest in the world.