Linosa, Sicily

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Three extinct volcanoes outlined against the deep blue of the open Mediterranean sea. Linosa, the smallest island of the Pelagie, has a singular, almost unsettling appearance for some because of its lava flows which contrast so strongly with its vegetation and the blue sea.

It is a black, severe, jagged coastline plunging steeply into the sea. Its three distinctive volcanic cones rise sharply from the sea in a natural atmosphere dominated by the blues of the sky and the sea. The beautiful Lampione rock stack lies just off the coast to the north east.

Like its sister island Lampedusa, Linosa is barren and dry. But its landscapes could not be more different. Linosa’s beauty is in its unusual kaleidoscope of colours, low vegetation and black lava flow rocks, iridescent, with its black coves, red mineral deposits and yellow clay areas.

It is an arid but fertile land which produces the famous Linosa lentils and the other characteristic products of this Mediterranean area including capers and prickly pears. It is an out-of-the-way island in every sense: moonscapes, total peace, a slow paced, elegant tourism and a far off atmosphere. An escape from the real world.
Linosa: what to see

The little village of Linosa is a distinctly picturesque place perfect for an unhurried look around its unusual houses painted in the many pastel colours that remind you of a Brasilian town or a tropical village.

Don’t miss a visit to its craters, now extinct and improbably populated by small farm houses. The main crater is Fossa del Cappellano, a green area full of farm land and vineyards. A trip around the island by boat with a camera to capture the intense and varied colours of the island and its rocks and the deep blue of the Mediterranean sea is also a must.

There are few beaches that you can get to on foot. Pozzolana, in front of Linosa town, is spectacular for its backdrop of smooth lava rocks carved out by the wind into strange, astonishing shapes. Don’t forget the Piscine beaches and their curious little basins which have formed mini sea water wells either.

Just under the island’s light house, Spiaggia del Conte is also extremely attractive. The footpaths to the three extinct volcanoes of the island also start from here: Mt. Rosso, Mt. Nero and Mt. Vulcano. A must for diving fans is a dip in the deep blue seas of Sicchitella for its marine flora and fauna but also for a wrecked ship and many ancient amphors.