Linosa town is where all the island's (few) services are, including a few restaurants, B&Bs, and bars. Past this small grid of vividly colored houses, the landscape becomes more agricultural, with small holdings where capers and grapevines are cultivated, and eventually leads to the fertile heart of Linosa, the so-called Fossa del Cappellano. Wandering through that valley, you'll still see the stone troughs where the famous cows of Linosa, now long gone, once fed. For a comprehensive panorama of Linosa (and on a clear day, Lampedusa), hike to the top of Monte Vulcano. At an elevation of 186m (610 ft.) and only 1km (3/4 mile) east of town, it's an easy undertaking.

The Linosan beach par excellence is Cala Pozzolana di Ponente, on the west coast. It's an extraordinary feat of geology, where sculpted slopes of jagged basalt are "intruded upon" by a giant monolith of yellow tufa -- all above a crescent of black sand. Like Spiaggia dei Conigli on Lampedusa, this is another spot where caretta caretta sea turtles make their nests in late spring. (Thanks to the warmer temperatures of the volcanic sand, more turtles tend to survive on Linosa than on Lampedusa.) Other popular spots for swimming and generally marveling at the nature on Linosa are I Fili (accessible only by sea), a labyrinth of multicolored reefs backed by dramatic upheavals of striated brown rock, and I Faraglioni, where imposing outcrops of basalt offshore shelter the island coastline to create a sort of natural swimming pool, with water less than 1m (3 ft.) deep in many places.

To reach dive sites like La Sicchitella (especially rich in sea sponges, fat grouper, and dense schools of dentex), arrange an excursion with Marenostrum (tel. 0922/972042) or Linosa Diving Center (tel. 0922/972061).

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