Lago Specchio di Venere

Top choice in Pantelleria

Just inland from Pantelleria's north coast, the iridescent waters of this volcanic lake are a stunning sight. Along the southern lakeshore, natural hot springs and mud baths bubble up from below the surface at temperatures ranging from 40°C to 50°C; for a natural beauty treatment, spread the volcanic mud on your skin, wait for it to dry, then rinse off in the geothermal spring water.

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Nearby Pantelleria attractions

1. Museo Vulcanologico

1.51 MILES

This tiny free museum near the Punta Spadillo lighthouse has a fascinating collection of displays in Italian and English, covering everything from…

2. Parco Archeologico dei Sesi

3.21 MILES

This archaeological site on Pantelleria's northwestern coast preserves the remains of several mound-shaped Megalithic stone necropolises known as sesi…

3. Cala Tramontana

3.71 MILES

One of Pantelleria's most popular swimming spots is this small rocky cove, equipped with a wooden sundeck for bathers and backed by a cluster of dammusi …

4. Cala Levante


Rugged cliffs and grand Mediterranean vistas combine to make this picturesque cove on Pantelleria's east coast one of the island's most popular swimming…

5. Arco dell'Elefante

4.15 MILES

This sweeping natural arch of rugged grey stone is reputed to look like an elephant's trunk – and indeed it does! To get here, first head for the twin…

6. Balata dei Turchi

6.06 MILES

Those willing to brave the steep and treacherous 3km descent on an unpaved road will be rewarded with one of Pantelleria's most beautiful swimming spots,…