Linosa, the island of the wind: what to do and see | Sicily

byVerónica Crocitti

All you need to know about what to do, what to see, what to eat and where to sleep in Linosa, a minor island in Sicily.

Small, picturesque and wild, the island of Linosa stands out in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and, together withLampedusaand Lampione, completes the Pelagie archipelago.

Of volcanic conformation, with three internal craters and cliffs overlooking an intense blue sea, the island of Linosa extends for more than 5 sq km and is exactly equidistant from both the Sicilian and African coasts of Tunisia.

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Island of Linosa, what to do and see - Sicily

I had the pleasure of discovering the island of Linosa during my itinerary#A HugOfSicilyin which, for this stage, I collaborated with theHotel Pelaghea and with Errera restaurant, and now I tell you about it.


The island of Linosa is 42 kilometers from Lampedusa and the only way to reach it is by sea. The hydrofoils ofLiberty Linesmake direct and daily connections from both Lampedusa and Porto Empedocle (Agrigento).


The standard cost of the Lampedusa-Linosa one-way ticket is around 30 euros and the duration of the journey is 60 minutes.

Attention! The connections to Linosa are always guaranteed in optimal climatic conditions. This means that it often happens that the wind and the very strong sea force the hydrofoils to remain stationary in Lampedusa.


The island of Linosa is not large and, if you don't have much time available, you could absolutely think about organizing a day trip directly from Lampedusa. The advice is, however, to be able to spend a few nights there, either just to enjoy a land that seems truly timeless.

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I leave you the list of "things to do and see on the island of Linosa", at least in my opinion!

Boat trip

The excursion by sea is among the most popular on the island of Linosa because it allows you to reach areas that would otherwise be inaccessible and, at the same time, to realize how geologically different this patch of land is from nearby Lampedusa.

Island of Linosa, what to do and see - SicilyIsland of Linosa, what to do and see - Sicily

The boat tours start at the small port of Linosa and last about 2 hours, with some stops for swimming.


Natural swimming pool

Located in the north-eastern tip, the Natural Pool is one of the most evocative places in Linosa. It is a body of sea water set in an expanse of black lava, a stone's throw from the sea.

In the Natural Pool it is possible to swim.

Tour among the colorful houses of the village

The center of Linosa is paved with narrow streets and pastel-coloured houses which seem to be surrounded by an aura of well-being and peace. Silence reigns supreme among the narrow and picturesque lanes of the island, studded with gates of the most varied colours.

Excursion in the Fossa del Cappellano and in the craters

Unlike Lampedusa, which is extremely flat, the island of Linosa has a volcanic conformation and is characterized by various craters. At the center of the island stands the main one, Fossa del Cappellano, with its 600 meters in diameter. On the sides there are instead Monte Vulcano, Monte Rosso, Monte Nero and another small crater of only 50 meters wide.


Pozzolana di Ponente (Turtle Beach)

The Pelagie Islands are among the few Italian lands chosen by the Caretta Caretta turtles, an endangered species, to lay their eggs. On the Pozzolana beach in Ponente di Linosa there are delimited areas that indicate exactly the place where the turtles leave their eggs and then return to the sea.

Lunch with fish, capers and sea view 

Among the best things to do and see in Linosa certainly cannot miss the food and wine experience. Among the best traditional dishes those based on fish and capers stand out, the true excellence of this island.

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Se state cercando un posticino tranquillo, con vista mare, dove poter assaporare il gusto di un buon piatto di spaghetti accompagnato da un buon calice di vino, vi consiglio il Ristorante Errera, proprio dinanzi al porticciolo.

Verónica Crocitti

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