Pantelleria, the colors of the wind!
Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez
Pantelleria was named Bint ar – riah in Arabic, Daughter of the Winds. In fact, it seems that all winds meet here on the island, in the center of the Sicilian Channel between mainland Sicily and the African coast of Tunisia.
Especially in summer, suddenly the hot scirocco wind arrives from the south. If you live here, you start to feel it just before it shows itself, something precedes it, you feel in the air like a smell that is not a smell, an ineffable hint of wind. Sometimes it arrives blazing after passing over the sun-scorched African desert, it always brings with it the sand that dyes the sky yellow, even for several days. Then, when as webegin to fear it will never stop, it turns into the cool north-west mistral. During the day often the eastern wind along with the afternoon ostro from the south and the cold northern wind tangle together in swirls.
Pantelleria is the fourth largest Italian island, with an area of 87 km2 and a perimeter of 51.5 km. The maximum width of the island is 8 km with a length of 14 km.
In fact, it is closer to Africa at 37 marine miles than it is to Sicily, separated by 55 nautical miles to Capo Granitola in Trapani. The recent island formation was born only two hundred thousand years ago due to spectacular eruptions.
The hot thermal waters and the emission of water vapor fumes in several places on the island are key features in the particular phenomena of Pantelleria. One of our favorites is Lo Specchio di Venere, the only lake on Pantelleria, located just a ten-minute walk from Le Case del Principe, in the Bugeber district. It is a natural surface basin that originated from a caldera, a circular crater made from the sinking of a volcanic area which continues to collect rainwater with its concave shape. The mirror surface is unique for the intense blue colors that fade out towards its shores. The misty air makes it seem dense and at the same time suspended. Particularities due to its volcanic origin still show themselves today, from the emission of heat on the banks to the silica and soda carbonate-rich saline minerals found in the water.
On this island, opposites coexist, creating a wonderful harmony: the harsh rock formations of the dark volcanic passage highlight the colors of spontaneous nature, seeming even more intense and saturated than those we are used to. In the same way, the island embodies a mixture of different cultures, myths and scents of the Mediterranean.
The resident population is approximately 8,000 inhabitants.
The main centers of the island are called districts: Pantelleria Centro, Scauri, Khamma, San Vìto, Tracino, Bugeber, and Siba. But I can tell you all about these when you arrive.
«“Being aware of your feelings is a precious gift,” remarks Angela, “and living in Pantelleria highlights all of our senses but particularly, our minds and hearts. The bottom line is that Pantelleria is a timeless space, suspended between the sky and the sea.”»
Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez, Dodici racconti raminghi
Le Case del Principe
a magical place to be experienced!