Weekly Wanderlust: Pantelleria

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Located 65 miles southwest of Sicily and 36 miles north of Tunisia, the Italian island of Pantelleria is strongly influenced by both Italian and Arabic culture. The arid island, where Giorgio Armani has spent every summer for the past 40 years, is far from the typical Mediterranean hot spot (read: no clubs, designer shops, or see-and-be-seen ‘tudes). With a population of less than 8,000, this remote island, which gets its name from the Arabic word Bent-el-ria, meaning “Daughter of the Wind,” is the perfect place to unwind.

Stay

Rent one of Pantelleria’s traditional single story homes with dome shaped roofs, or dammusi, which are available across this island. For the ultimate luxury experience, book a suite at the newly opened luxurious Sikelia resort. For something a bit more budget-friendly, check out Dream Hotel Pantelleria.

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Eat + Drink

Themà – Expert chefs combine Sicilian cuisine with Arab and African influences. Enjoy recipes like lemon risotto with caper powder and grilled scampi and Mazara del Vallo prawns with almonds, lemon and coffee. Located at the Sikelia Resort.

Ristorante La Nicchia – Featured in the 2016 Michelin Guide, this spot serves traditional seafood dishes in a stunning setting.

L’Officina di Coste Ghirlanda – If you’re visiting between June and September, be sure to stop by the winebar and restaurant at the Coste Ghirlanda vineyards. Enjoy a glass (or three) of wine while enjoying the sunset and views of the sea.

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See + Do

Arco dell’Elefante – Be sure to stop by Pantelleria’s most famous landmark, a natural rock formation that looks like an elephant’s trunk. When the weather is good, you can boat or swim under the arch.

Go on a Boat Tour – Experience the island from a different perspective. Take a guided boat tour, which makes several stops throughout the day (so you can take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean), and enjoy a multi-course lunch onboard.

Take a Mud Bath – Lago di Venere is a lake formed in a volcanic crater. With its thermal waters and natural mud baths, it’s the perfect place to go for a relaxing natural spa day.

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