Isola di Lampedusa
Information and Services
For information on the protected area, contact the reserve office:
via Vittorio Emanuele 25
92031 Lampedusa (AG)
Access to the Conigli Beach in the summer
Due to its small size and the presence of hydrogeological risk areas, the beach of Conigli can accommodate a limited number of people. Therefore, in order to protect the natural environment and to guarantee a respectful experience of use, from 20 June to 15 October it will be possible to access the Conigli Beach in two shifts (morning 8.30-13.30, afternoon 14.30-19.30), for a number of maximum of 550 people per shift.
The online booking service will be active from early June. Further operating procedures will be announced in the coming days.
Access is free.
Inside the Reserve it is possible to follow some trails to visit the coast and valleys and to observe the flora and fauna. Very impressive is the path that starts from Cala Stretta, runs along a stretch of coast, and then overlooks the fascinating Cala Galera Valley, where the remnant aspects of the Maquis shrub-land and some exceptional centuries-old specimens of Juniper and Carob tree are preserved.
On the west coast of the reserve, the path that follows the forest tracks above the crests of the Profondo and Acqua Valleys, is full of sensational panoramic spots.
This path crosses the plateau of Contrada Sanguedolce, where works for the recovery of the maquis shrub-land, started by the ‘Forest Company of the Sicilian Region, are visible. Finally, one can admire the delightful view overlooking the Tabaccara Cave along the route that connects sections of old paths with some military tracks, opened during WWII.
Information on the use of the nature reserve
- In the Nature Reserve “Isola di Lampedusa” excursions are only permitted along the marked trails.
- Inside the Nature Reserve, including beaches, there are no medical assistance, lifeguards on duty, refreshment areas, restrooms, and water points.
- Considering the peculiarities and difficulties of the routes (length, gradient, and uneven ground surface), excursions are strongly not recommended for people with walking difficulties and / or balance disorder, heart and / or respiratory problems.
- Since it is a protected natural area, there may be animals or plants with potential allergenic factors: the visit is therefore not recommended to people with asthma or allergies to pollen, insect bites, etc.
- In some areas, classified as dangerous due to the risk of falling rocks, all prohibitions and behavior rules must be respected as indicated by local warning posts.
Visiting the Reserve implies acceptance of the risks deriving from natural dangers of the places, including falling rocks. The managing body declines all responsibilities in case of accidents, injuries deriving from not following the nature reserve rules or the indications provided for its use.
Please note that within the Nature Reserve IT IS NOT ALLOWED:
– introduce weapons or fishing equipment
– capture or disturb vertebrate or invertebrate animals
– damage or remove the vegetation
– go camping or bivouac
– light fires
– abandon waste
How to get there
Lampedusa is connected daily with Porto Empedocle (Ag) and Linosa, by ferry-boat (Siremar), and by air with the airports of Palermo (daily) and Catania (3 days a week). During summer, the island is also connected by direct flights with the main Italian cities, and by hydrofoil with mainland Sicily and the island of Linosa.
Connections between the city center and the Nature Reserve are made by buses departing from Piazza Brignone every hour (from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm and until 09:00 pm in summer). The reserve area, can also be easily reached on foot or by bicycle. As an alternative to bicycles, to get around the island, we recommend the rental of comfortable and quiet electric scooters or the rental of a car, while, we do not recommend arriving on the island with your own motor vehicles.