Pelagian Islands

Pelagian Islands

Pelagian Islands


The Trip Advisor travellers have declared that the beach of Rabbits (La Baia Dei Conigli) Lampedusa is not just a beautiful beach, but also the most beautiful beach in the World! It is a true marvel, in a dreamlike setting, surrounded by a magical atmosphere with incredible marine life and water whose clarity and whose shades of blue attract visitors and tourists from all over the world. And all this in just than half an hour airplane flight from Malta.

ROCS TRAVEL INTRODUCES THE PELAGIAN ISLANDS

The Pelagian Islands are a true gem in the med, just a mere 25 minutes flight from Malta and one finds himself in paradise. It is so convenient for us Maltese, that it is quicker to get to this destination than to our sister islands.

The Pelagian Islands enjoy a limited number of tourists hence apart from the month of August, the islands are never really over crowded. On the other hand they are still a very much loved tourist destination due to their magnificent coasts, outstanding award winning beaches and unique beautiful scenery. Many refer to The Pelagian Islands as the Tropics of the Med.

For those who love the sea, The Pelagians offer some of the clearest waters in the world.

Taking their name from the Greek for ‘high sea’, the Islands in Italian referred to as Le Isole Pelagie, are closer to Malta than their political and administrative home of Southern Italy. Belonging to the Sicilian province of Agrigento and situated 150km West of Malta, this group of three islands comprises of Lampione, Linosa and the largest of the three, Lampedusa. 

In 2002 the islands became the “Protetta Isole Palagie Nature Reserve” due to the nesting sites on Lampedusa and Linosa of the rare loggerhead sea turtle which today are an attraction and draw people from all over the world. Whales and dolphins are also seen here, together with an abundance of flora and fauna. People have a vast selection of outdoor activities to choose from including fabulous boat trips round the islands, together with the opportunity of chartering small boats whereby one can enjoy bay-hopping to all the beautiful beaches that adorn the islands. 

ROCS Travel together with its partners will be offering direct flights from June to October 2016 to The Pelagian Islands. These flights come with truly attractive accommodation and excursion rates. Needless to say food is typically Italian and hence absolutely delicious, therefore with such beautiful sea and amazing beaches this new destination will undoubtedly be a natural choice for those who are after an enjoyable summer break.

Summer It is one of the most-frequented destinations of sun-worshippers, scuba-divers and nature lovers, and it is the last trace of Italian terrain. The good news is it's just a 25 minutes flight away from Malta. The Pelagian Islands, the glorious, sun-bleached islands, now accessible with direct flights from Malta. 

SEE

The island’s northern and western coast is rather high and inaccessible, while its eastern and south eastern shores boast magnificent, sandy beaches. From the smallest and most hidden to the largest and most crowded, The Pelagian beaches are numerous and welcoming. First off, the splendid coves of Cala Pisana and Cala Uccello open onto the glistening sea, while the Calas Spugna and Maluk lie on the island’s east. Cala Greca, rather, is quite minuscule and covered in whiterthan-white sand; and one of the secrets on this island is Cala Galera, accessible by passing through the island's characteristic low, rocky gullies on the water. See the beach on the so-called Dead Sea, where the water is super calm, and the samenamed Grotto; also remarkable are the spectacular and buzzing Cala Francese and the famous Guitgia Beach, the beach with the nearest hotels and accessible with public transport. From here you can also reach Cala Croce and the beach on Cala Madonna, along with Porto N’Tone, a tiny beach with fine, white sand, ideal for families with children. On the island’s southern side, Cala Pulcino and countless nearby grottoes can be found. 

DO

A private charter small boat ride around The Pelagians is the best way to appreciate the beauty of its beaches, coves and tiny harbours. The sea’s clarity and the brilliant seafloor, abundant with flora and fauna, thrill scuba-divers and snorkelers, who can choose from a wide array of diving spots, 

both day and night. A rather easy immersion is that in search of the underwater statue Madonna del Mare, 46 feet deep and surrounded by burrows for octopus and sargo fish. Their neighbours include dentex, groupers and more sargoes that make their home around this boulder that resembles a large panettone (the Milanese Christmas sweet). To swim through the expanse of green Neptune Grass, it is necessary to make a pit-stop at Punta Parrino, the point protecting the rest of the island from the waves and wind. An underwater excursion at Taccio Vecchio is also rather moving for the fact that you can see the homonymous grotto and plenty of parrotfish! In the same zone lies Punta Cappellone, inhabited by tuna, sargo, dentex, grouper and greater amberjack; meanwhile, the eastern shallows host superb exemplars of the loggerhead sea turtle that you can witness yourself, tide-permitting. The north, rather, is the site for lobster, dentex, rockfish and grouper burrows, and where sperm whales can be sighted in April. If you are more of a land lover, you can walk the trails that run up to the island’s foremost three peaks: Monte Rosso, featuring a cultivated crater, Monte Nero and Monte Vulcano.

BE SURE TO

Visit The BEST Beach in The World (Winner - Trip Adviser 2013) Rabbit Island known by the Italians as La Isola dei Conigli, one of the prettiest beaches in all the Med zone; the Island is protected, given its loggerhead sea turtle population that lays its eggs here. This work of nature is absolutely captivating, and can be reached even by non-swimmers – it is only 328 feet from the Lampedusa coast, over a stretch of water just a little over 3 m deep. Attempt to get to the other side of Rabbit Island if you want to spot its submerged natural arch, colonized by orange madrepores, colorful sponges, red shrimp, and rockfish and moray eel burrows.

SURELY CANNOT MISS

During the hottest nights of the summer, make an effort to attend the many celebrations happening on the island’s beaches, including bonfires, spaghetti cookouts and barbecues, and musical performances. Taste the fish cous cous, a mix of African and Sicilian flavors; the Pelagian’s version add shrimp, lobster and seafood, and accompany it with delicious chilled white wines.