This lovely little church is on the out skirts of Lampedusa and is carved into the earth. Once you get beyond the facade the inside is quite large.
This is found looking out to sea from the main wall protecting the port of Lampedusa. Quite a nice sculpture, and worth a look.
The best and cheapest way to get to Lampedusa is with one of the government subsidised flights to the island. We flew down from Trapani as the ferry from Agrigento was cancelled due to bad weather. This I am told is very common. The flight off the island stopped in Trapani where we transferred to a Rome flight, which flew directly over old Rome. I did not have my camera in hand but I will never forget that flight
Simply the best way to get around on Lampedusa is to hire one of these. Very cheap and allowed us to stay outside the main town (cheaper) and also made shopping easy. Some one at the airport will ask you if you need to hire a car there are a number of options.
Not really a “Local Custom” just a practical form of transport that is still used on the island of Lampedusa. I was told the Donkey’s name which I have forgotten but it was something like Derrick…. I have no idea why.
Lampedusa is closer to Tunisia than it is to Sicily. This also makes it a main gateway for illegal immigration into Europe from Africa. On the day I arrived on the island of Lampedusa a boat of illegal immigrants also arrived, on it were eleven people alive and thirteen deceased. The boat as it transpired had started its eight-hour journey to Lampedusa nine days earlier with around ninety persons on board and the motor had failed them.
The people of Lampedusa were so horrified as a community that a church service was held for the deceased. No names for these people who carry no identification and have risked all to start a new life just the numbers 1 thru 13 on each coffin.
I discovered later that boats from Tunisia arrive on a daily basis and are taken into custody by authorities the people are taken to main land of Sicily by the army and processed to determinate refugee status. The boats, as seen in the photo here are destroyed by fire once they have collected a number of them.
For me, a tourist from Australia whose government is taking a very harsh stance on immigration this was amazing. Lampedusa is a very small island with a very small population standing in the way of a human tidal wave of immigration and yet instead of fear or animosity towards this daily influx of refugees there is compassion and understanding.
So my warning or danger if you like, is that you might be exposed to a little reality as I was on my journey to Lampedusa. But this is the reality for the poorer people of the world and I also got to see the compassion of the people of Lampedusa in stark contrast to my home of Australia where this kind of reality is hidden from us.
A boat tour of the island of Lampedusa can be easily reserved at the harbor where lots of boats are available at cheap prices.
At the harbor, the Service tourist Licciardi rent boats at cheap prices.
The tour usually departs at 10.00am and returns at 5.00pm.
The low and coast of Lampedusa is rich in inlets and bays; among these, is the Tabaccara, a splendid bay bathed by turquoise waters.
The northern shore features a high cliff with plenty of impressing caves.
Past the Baia della Madonnina (that got its name because of a rock that resembles the Virgin Mary) is the Sacramento Cliff, with a deepest caves.
In the North-Eastern end, known as Capo Grecale, is a lighthouse visible from up to 60 miles away, where extends a beautiful view of the coastal landscape.
Then is the Grotta del Teschio (the Skull Grotto), hiding a 15m long sandy-beach, reachable by boat or along a rough path at right.
Tourists are advised to hire a bike or a mini-truck for a driving tour since roads of the island are partly unpaved.
From the centre of Lampedusa head eastwards for the airport.
The unpaved road running alongside the landing strip passes by the many bays on the Southern side of the Island.
Favorite thing: In the streets of Lampedusa it is not unusual to spot these small and colorful boats. They are parked out side houses as you would park a car and worked on constantly by their owners.