Linosa (Italy) is a small angle of Sicilian paradise and it is a perfect tourist destination to enjoy a relaxing and unforgettable vacation. Linosa is a small island of volcanic origin, located 50 km to the north of Lampedusa in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.
The island is only about five square kilometres in size, so won’t take you very long to explore, with much of the island scenery dominated by the extinct volcanoes and beautiful expanses of prickly pears that expand to the dark volcanic shores.
Linosa (Italy) is an island worth visiting and is popular with tourists who enjoy hiking, scuba diving, and walking.
The first thing that you can do in Linosa is visiting the small downtown, a very evocative and breathtaking landscape, suspended in a scenery lost in time.
The harbour and town, owes as much to African architecture as Italian, with small flat-roofed houses painted in bright and pastel colours surrounded by pointed doors and windows.
In Linosa (Italy) there is one unique road that leads to the most beautiful and fascinating places of the town: but you need to go there on foot or by bike, since in summer cars are prohibited.
From there, you can do excursions on foot, to hike the mountains, or by boat.
If you love hiking:
Mount Volcano worth a climb, with its summit at an altitude of 195 meters easily reachable through a path. The mountain is rich in vegetation, with typical Mediterranean scrub as well as large expanses of prickly pears.
From the summit, as well as having a complete view of the island, you can also find different species of birds using Linosa, during emigration periods, as a stopping point: the hawks and herons are definitely the most beautiful examples, but the most numerous are the Cory’s Shearwaters, large birds typical of Linosa arriving on the island during the breeding season.
If you love the sea:
The sea of Linosa has clear waters, which almost immediately reach high depths.Its beaches are arduous and black, and open onto an intense green sea, perfect for discovering its wonderful seabeds.
On the fabulous coastline, there are sandy volcanic beaches and very suggestive rocky ridges. Cala Pozzolana di Ponente, is a beautiful beach, often the destination of the loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) chosen to lay their eggs: its turquoise waters, clear and fresh, welcomes beautiful shoals of fish of different sizes.
Don’t miss Punta Beppe Tuccio, a small promontory creating a small lagoon together with the smaller islands. Then, Grotta del Greco, on the eastern side of the island and the beach of Cala Pozzolana di Levante e Punta Calcarella located on the south side of Linosa.
Linosa is regarded as a true paradise to dive into its wonderful waters: this is due to the sharp drops in depth that occur just a short distance from the shore.
If you love sailing:
Sailing along the turquoise waters that encircle Linosa is an experience not to be missed. Offering captivating views of Linosa’s unique coastline and the sublime waters that lap the rocky coves and beaches, a sailing excursion is the best way to see sights such as the Grotta del Greco (the Greek Cave) and the charming turtle beaches on the south coast.
One of the highlights is a small, emerald lagoon, situated near the lighthouse on the Punt Beppe Tuccio promontory. To go around the island by boat, just ask at the harbour and sure you will find someone willing to accompany you.
Linosa, Italy – How to get there:
The island of Linosa can only be reached by sea using the ferries and hydrofoil’s that depart from the ports of Lampedusa and Porto Empedocle. The hydrofoil departs from Lampedusa in the morning and the afternoon,sea conditions allowing, and takes 1 hour to reach Linosa.