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The Ultimate Lampedusa Travel Guide

Updated March 2024The Ultimate Lampedusa Travel Guide was originally written in November 2018

Wind whipping through my hair, cruising the narrow streets of Lampedusa by scooter.

Rocking up on desolate and barely known stretches of rugged coast is an all-time favorite of my travels in Italy (you know I’ve been to Italy several times right?).

Closer to Africa than it is to Europe, so close that Lampedusa technically sits on the African continental shelf.

Lampedusa is Italian but you’re definitely not in Italy anymore– it feels a bit like North Africa, from the dusty roads to the landscapes.

But most that have even heard of Lampedusa only know of it as a place where refugees, making the journey from Libya & Tunisia wash up.

This has obviously hurt tourism in Lampedusa over the last few years. Making Lampedusa now most definitely Italy off the beaten path. Learn everything you need to know in this Lampedusa travel guide.

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Quick Info

  • Money: Lampedusa is an island of Italy, therefore the Euro is the currency used.
  • Language: Italian.
  • Where is Lampedusa: Lampedusa is the southernmost part of Italy, so far south that it is technically in Africa as far as continental plates are concerned. It is about 110km off the coast of Tunisia, 175km off the coast of Malta, and 205 km off the coast of Sicily. Lampedusa is the largest and most populous of the Pelagie Islands in the Mediterranean.
  • When To Visit: June-August is the high season in Lampedusa like much the rest of Italy and Europe. June to August is the most crowded and expensive time to visit, but with the most transportation options for getting there. In my opinion fall, especially late September into early November are the best months to visit as the crowds have gone home and the boiling temperatures are now pleasant.
  • Visas: Lampedusa is an island of Italy and therefore a part of the European Union. You will only need a visa for Lampedusa travel if you need one in order to visit the EU.
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Getting In

Lampedusa is reachable by flight or by ferry from Sicily.


All throughout the year, there are direct flights to Lampedusa from Rome, Catania, and Palermo. In the summer months, there are flights from several European cities outside Italy.

The Lampedusa Airport is conveniently located a little over a kilometer from the main town, so walking to town is no problem, however, most accommodations will offer to pick you up.


Siremar runs a ferry that departs Port Empédocle in Sicily every night at midnight, arriving in Lampedusa at 8:15 am.

Tickets run 35-65€ each way depending on the cabin you choose and the time of year.

Cars can be transported on the ferry as well for 60€ to 120€. The ferry stops in Linosa around 6 am.

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Getting Around

The best way to get around on Lampedusa is by moped/scooter rental. Several shops rent them around the town for €15-30 per day depending on the season.

Another great way to get around is by bicycle which you will find are available for rent around the main town. In total the island is about 11km long from east to west, so it’s not too big. For those not wanting to drive there is a shuttle between Lampedusa Town and Spiaggia dei Conigli hourly during the daytime.

Another option is to explore the island’s beaches and grottos by day cruise. You will see them on offer down around the harbor in Lampedusa. I cannot comment on any of them as I did not take a cruise on my trip.

Things To Do In Lampedusa

The beauty of Lampedusa is that there’s really not that much to do. The beaches are the main draw for most as they are regarded as the best by some of all of Italy and even of Europe.

  • Hop from beach to beach
  • Cruise around on mopeds
  • Eat fresh caught seafood at a local restaurant
  • Go on a day cruise to see the island’s grottos & rugged coastline
  • Take a hike
  • Scuba dive or snorkle

Where To Go In Lampedusa

Lampedusa is compact enough that you can easily see the highlights in 1-2 days.

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Rainbow Stairs in Lampedusa Town

Lampedusa Town

One main road and about 20 streets make up the town of Lampedusa. Quite easy to navigate on foot.

Spiaggia dei Conigli

The most famous beach on Lampedusa. I’ve read that the nearby island of Isola dei Conigli gained its name from the abundance of rabbits that once lived on the island and that also it was an error translating the name from the Arab name for the island. Either way, everyone can agree it’s gorgeous. More likely than a rabbit you may see loggerhead turtles out here.

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Cala Pulcino

Cala Pulcino

Rabbit Beach is no secret, and during summer months and sunny days, the beach can get quite crowded. Equally as stunning, albeit rockier a beach is Cala Pulcino sat right next-door to Spiaggia dei Conigli.

The beach is accessible by a trail that is easy to spot from the road. For dramatic views hike out on top of the cliffside that separates Spiaggia dei Conigli from Cala Pulcino.

The Jagged Cliffs Of The North Shore

A trip to Lampedusa really wouldn’t be complete without a scooter ride around the island. The north shore of Lampedusa is set on high cliffs, it’s almost always windy and you’re bound to see tons of birds nesting on the cliffside. There’s also a giant sign just off the road marking the 35º Parallelo.

Check out my Southern Italian road trip itinerary

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Mare Morto at sunset

Cala Creta & Mare Morto

These two rugged side-by-side beaches sit on the east coast of the island. Hike along rocky trails for great views of the jagged coast and turquoise waters. To the east of Mare Morto, there is a lighthouse near the cliff edge.

Cala Croce, Madonna, Greca & Galera

These four beaches are just west of town as you head toward Spiaggia dei Conigli, and all are easily accessible by dirt path from the main road. All are great alternatives to Cala Guitgia which can start to feel quite crowded and small as it is near to town.

Cala Francese, Uccello & Pisana

These quiet beaches wrap around the airport and are a good alternative if you’re looking for a quiet spot away from the town.

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Sanctuary of our Lady Porto Salvo

Sanctuary Of Our Lady Porto Salvo

A small church set down in a depression off the side of the road with interesting grottos all around in the rocks the church is set amongst.


Linosa is one of Lampedusa’s sister islands of the Pelagie Archipelago. Home to dark-colored beaches thanks to os volcanic origins. Linosa is reachable from Port Empédocle, Sicily by ferry (the same one that connects Lampedusa and Port Empédocle).

Looking for more southern Italian gems to add to your itinerary? Don’t miss CastelmezzanoAlberobelloNaplesMatera, or the Amalfi Coast

Where To Sleep

There are several hotels and apartments available on I personally stayed at Apartment Cala Creta and loved it, the owner picks you up at the airport and is very friendly and helpful. Simple beach cabin-style rooms. It is also possible to rent a scooter from them too starting at €15/day.

Lampedusa Travel Budget

Lampedusa travel can be cheap if you’re not fussed by staying in beach cabins or even camping, but like most anywhere else, the skies the limit.

€35 Per Day

Camping or renting a cabin, preparing own meals, renting a scooter

€50+ Per Day

Sleeping in decent hotels or apartment rental, eating at restaurants around town, scootering around the island

€80+ Per Day

Staying in nicer hotels, eating meals at upper-scale restaurants, taking day tours of the island

Need More Help Not Answered In The Lampedusa Travel Guide?

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9 thoughts on “Lampedusa Travel Guide: Italy’s Southernmost Island”

  1. Hi Nicole, for a first time visitor to Sicily looking for a few days to include beach holiday in mid September, would you recommend Lampedusa as first choice? As fyi, I used to live in Rome and my Italian is pretty good. I’ve traveled extensively from Naples and north of there…but never in the true “south”, or Sicily. I’m having a hard time figuring out a 12-14 day itinerary!

    1. Hi Cynthia,
      I think Lampedusa is a great choice in mid-Sept but you really only need a couple days there at most since it’s so small unless you’re looking to really take it slow. Sicily has heaps to discover as well as Calabria, Basilicata, and Pugia. If you are looking for some ideas you can check out my South Italy road trip itinerary if you haven’t already for some ideas.

  2. Hi Nicole,
    Were there any safety issues to be aware of for a woman traveling solo or any impact you saw from the refugees situation? It looks like the article was first published in 2018 with an update last October. Anything time sensitive?

    1. No concerns that I felt personally traveling in Lampedusa as a female-
      Just the standard precautions you’d use anywhere. Of course there has been a history of refugees fleeing and coming to Lampedusa and I did meet a few working around the island when I visited.

    1. I went at the end of October in 2018 and enjoyed it. I was told by our Airbnb host that it can be off and on rainy in winter, but that was the only negative I’ve heard. Prices will definitely be less too!

  3. Hello! I really enjoyed this article.
    By the way, I’m going to visit lampedusa this weekend.
    Do the most shops and restaurants accept credit cards?
    I’m looking forward to your reply.

    1. Hey Tom,
      Thanks! We paid cash at some restaurants and shops and card at others (we usually made larger purchases on cards). There are a couple ATMs on the main street on the island as well if you will need to get out euros. Enjoy Lampedusa!

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