The island of Lampedusa is part of the group known as the Pelagie islands and stands far off the south coast of Sicily (just over 200 kilometres distant) and only 113 kilometres from Tunisia. (The other islands in the group are called Linosa and Lampione.)
It is the stunningly clear waters and pristine beaches and coast of Lampedusa that attract visitors to this remote outpost of Italy - diving and snorkelling are especially popular.
The popular beaches are mainly to the south of the island, while the rockier coast of the north is well worth seeing on one of the boat trips that circumvent the island. There are various attractive beaches with the most popular being the so-called 'Rabbit beach' (isola dei Conigli).
Note: the geographical position of Lampedusa makes it popular with African refugees seeking to gain access to Europe, and there is a camp on the island to house the immigrants, arriving frequently from Libya.