Dammusi di Ponente :
Pantelleria is an island for all tastes: trekking, thermal cares, sea, fishing, birdwatching, archaeology, and collecting mineral. Great it is the charm of this island that enumerates numerous and suggestive regions the most greater part of which it preserves the Arabic name. A tour to the discovery of the 'Black Pearl' it is inevitable. Departing from the Houses of Gloria the tour of the island can be taken place thanks to the perimeter road to taste more the emotions that the panorama offers of it, between rock and sea.
BATHS IT IS NATURAL SAUNAS: FROM THE 'DAMMUSI DI PONENTE' UNTIL SIBA' AROUND THE ISLAND
The tour recommended by Gloria departs from Scauri, attainable in few minutes. From here, through an inside road, you reach Sibà, where is found the most beautiful of the 'dry baths' that is saturated inside of vapors, it is a real natural sauna. The hollow is reached later from the parking lot around ten minutes, along an absorbed path in the green. The entry is free. From here those who love trekking can actually reach the sources of vapors in the regions of Favarelle and Serraglia. After a standstill of a few minutes you will descend toward Scauri and continue along the perimeter road. The descents to sea - among which the Turks' Balata - of that zone allows to bathe in crystalline waters from the backdrops full of sea plants. Not to lose the panorama that can be enjoyed by the Peak of Saltalavecchia, a vertical precipice to peak on the sea.
OUTSTANDING PANORAMAS: TOWARD TRACINO AND KHAMMA
The tour continues toward Tracino and Khamma. But before arriving , a deviation along the perimeter road allows to also reach the cave of Martingana and the splendid Cove Rotunda. To Khamma, this last region of the warm source, there can be enjoyed some landscape and the coves of North wind and Rising and, leaning out from the extremity of the point, you can observe the Faraglione of Tracino. You can also follow the small path that allows to climb above the 'rump' of the elephant in Point of the Arc. Another path allows to reach the delicious swim area called Sutta Mattè that opens in the Cove Tramontana.
SCOTTISH SHOWER, Á. GADIR THE WARM WATER FREE
Along the road that brings you toward Pantelleria centre you reach the port of Gadir small village of fishermen a chosen summer residence of the stylist Giorgio Armani. Few over the port of Gadir two tubs they are found directly dug in lava soil, to be entered one at the time and that are constantly filled by rivulets of warm water coming from a neighbouring underground source. Gloria recommends a good exercise for blood circulation: dip yourself in a tub for about 4 minutes and, later, make a bath to sea. You repeat this Scottish shower for three/four times, the result it is an extraordinary comfort.
FROM THE LITTLE POND OF THE SIRENS TO THE LAKE OF VENUS
Going up again from Gadir you may continue the perimeter road toward the city. Forced stops are the lighthouse of Point Spadillo, from where a narrow path conducts to the little pond of the Sirens or the Ondines, filled with water during the tide. Nearby is inevitable a bath to Cove Five Teeth. Reached Kartibugal, a crossing brings you to the lake of Venus, turned on of colours and very suggestive at dawn. The lake is fed by two underground thermal sources that gush out to a varying temperature between the 30 and the 60 degrees. Along the circumference medicinal sulphurous mud is found where to a pleasure of a good bath adds you to get a velvety skin. Gloria recommends you how to get that goal: dip yourself in the lake for 15 minutes in the point in which the source gushes out. Gone out of the water, sprinkle yourself with the mud that is found along the banks until it's well dry to the sun so that the colour will become very clear, therefore wash yourselves in the waters of the lake and the game is done.
FROM THE CENTER TO SATARIA, AMONG CASTLES AND CAVES
Arrived in the centre of Pantelleria deign of note it is the Castle of Barbacane. The ancient construction-fortitude, thanks to a recent restauration, it has recovered the ancient shine. Continuing toward the 'Gloria's Houses', a crossing points out a way so you can be able to reach St. Vito where the labyrinthine caves of Gelfiser are found. Continuing along the perimeter road you'll come up to Mursia, where the Sesis rise, these are enormous semicircular 'graves' built with volcanic stones to irregular blocks. It's a good choice to make a stop on the archaeological excavations all in progress. Before reaching the 'Gloria's Houses' you may stop for a healthy bath, in the cave of Sataria, that, according to the legend, has been used from Ulisse and the nymph Calipso for their meetings. Here two ample tubs of warm water allow moments of true relax.
The history of
A centuries long history, that of Pantelleria, a land of achievements and landing point of peoples travelers.
The origin of the island is linked to a mysterious prehistoric people who lived, living hunting and spontaneous fruits of the earth.
'Sixths, the grandiose monuments of semispherical - which still can see-protect the eternal sleep of the dead.
During the historic island was frequented by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians who named 'Irannim', ie ostriches, probably because sixths compared to the big birds eggs, associating with their use of a place of ostrich egg beside the dead.
The Romany called then 'Cossura.
Flagellate for centuries by looting around '860 was colonized by Sicilian peasants Muslims of Berber origin. They must include cultivation of zibibbo and citrus.
In 1098 the Arabs were expelled from Sicily and from Pantelleria and any new people who came gave him a different name.
So the old 'Irannim' was called 'Gusiras' by opposite African and 'Bent el Rhia' (daughter of the wind) by the Arabs. Thus became Pantelaream, Pantellaria and, finally, Pantelleria.