Pantelleria Island

What to visit

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The 'Montagna Grande': natural park and green heart of the island, home of near 600 endemic botanic species, including the Limonium Cosyrese, the Helichrysm Errarae and the Mattiola Incana. This park is also the only nesting place in Europe of the so graceful and highly colored Cinciarella Algerina and Beccamoschino. At sunset, from the 'Montagna Grande', the sight of the Sicilian Channel, with an occasional view of the African coast, is spectucular. The farming villages: groups of 'dammusi' with their 'giardini', enclosures for citrus fruit trees, shaltered from the wind by their partcular lava-stone walls. There are 11 villages located all over the island; they still use their original Arab names, Khamma, Rekhale, Bukkuram, Bugeber... The 'Specchio di Venere': this tiny lake, of volcanic origin and of outstanding colors, is fed by thermal springs: Not only does it offer plenty of possibilities for water sports and fango therapy, in spring and autumn it becomes a natural observatory for many species of migratory birds. The 'Khagiar': an exuberant vegetation of mediterranean bush, made up of myrtle, arbutus, lentl and heather, grows low to the ground, shaped into fantastic forms by the wind, on an ancient lava flow, 3 kilometers long. A great number of wild rabbits live here, as well as the so-called Greek turtle. 'Dietro Isola': the southern part of the island, where thereis a pine wood (Aleppo, Maritime), challenging the sea from the cliffs. An explosion of scents persist in this continuation of the forest of the 'Montagna Grande'.'Salto la Vecchia':these cliffs of the unforgettable name rise 300 meters above the sea, offering a spectacular panorama. Several species of birds nest in them.