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A Guide to the Beaches of Lampedusa, Sicily
Sicily, a serenely beautiful place is well known for a number of reasons, one of which is the beaches of Lampedusa. Lampedusa is one of the stunning Pelagian isles that dot the ocean. It covers an area of about 240 square kilometres, and is filled with sandy beaches, picturesque cliffs and clear blue water encircling it on all sides.

Lampedusa is also one of the largest egg-laying sites for sea turtles, and perhaps the last one left in Italy. There is small town which happens to be the only inhabited area of the island.

Most visitors come to revel on the gorgeous beaches. Although some of the beaches are fairly well known, and can get crowded during the season, there are also the lesser known ones where total privacy is ensured. Coming across these little pockets is akin to stumbling upon treasure. Some of the beaches are rock-lined and can only be approached by boat from the sea.

The most famous beach is the Conigli Bay or the Rabbit Bay, which was so christened because the island was once overrun by rabbits. But these have since become extinct although the name has stuck on steadfastly. The bay is surrounded by magnificent cliffs and has beautiful small, unexpected pools of water, which are the colour of green gemstones. The Caretta-Carette turtles lay their eggs here, towards the end of August. Unfortunately, the facilities are not very comprehensive on this bay, as it is rather secluded, thereby making it difficult for visitors to enjoy these sights.

Another rather popular beach is the Cala Francese. This beach has historical significance, as it is said that the quarries from this region once supplied granite used to construct Alexandria and the Port of Genoa. This beach lies toward the western coast of the island, and instead of one long stretch, the beach is separated by rocks in portions.

There is a pretty little beach made of small rocks and pretty pebbles, nestled in the commune of Golfo Aranci. Surrounded by majestic limestone formations, steep cliffs and deep caves, the Cala Greca has a history of its own. Tragedy struck in 1887, when three laden cargo ships met their doom along with crew. Holy Mass is performed every year to commemorate them. Cala Greca is perfect for divers, as it has a well-fitted diving centre.

Privacy is the order of the day on some of the Lampedusa beaches, like Cala Galera and Cala Greca. These are on the south western side of the port, and there is Cala Pisana and Cala Uccello on the eastern side. The beautiful beaches of Lampedusa can be enjoyed whether one is with a group of people or in absolute solitude.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Sicily villas and Italy vacation Rentals.
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