How did I get in this place is a story on its own.
Lampedusa is a relatively unknown island in the southern part of the Mediterranean Sea for the Western European tourists, it is popular though for the Italians and for the refugees trying to escape the horrors of Africa. Lampedusa belongs to Italy, but is positioned close to Libya and Tunisia in Northern Africa.
I saw a film (Respiro 2002) who was made on this island. It tells the story of Grazia, played by Golino, a free-spirited mother of three married to shy fisherman Pietro and living on the idyllic but isolated island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. This film touched my girlfriend and myself because of the atypical landscapes and houses. We have been hearing as well of all the poor refugees arriving in Lampedusa , that’s why we wanted to visit this place. All the accommodation sites on this tiny island are drafted in the Italian language… cala creta was one of the only ones offering a website (partially) in English
This is not a typical hotel , but rather African style houses, called dammusi . I called them and was lucky to find someone speaking English, so I booked reservations. We went shortly after the touristic season, prices were much cheaper (60€ for a double room). We first took a flight to Palermo and from there we took a local flight with a small plane to Lampedusa. We arrived in the evening, it was very dark and before we realized it, we were standing all alone outside of the airport. We were lucky to find someone bringing us to Cala Creta.
Cala Creta is not a typical hotel, they rent small 2 piece bungalows called dammusi. This place has definitively an African touch. The white walls are round, it looks very nice. The owners of this place arranged that we could rent a “Vespa” to drive around the island, this Italian motorcycle is the best way to discover the island of Lampedusa
Cala Creta is located adjacent to the Airport, this is not annoying although planes are mainly flying at night. The refugee camp is nearby, but we were not able to get in touch with anyone there. This island arranges very well to “hide” their refugee problem.
The island has a beautiful beach which you should visit, it made me feel as I was back in the lagoon of Bora Bora. This place is called Rabbit beach, it is completely unspoilt and there are giant turtles visiting this beach. Wonderful ! Our Vespa proved to be the best bet to get to this remote beach.
The Cala creta staff was very friendly although you had to search them if you needed something
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the pure local style with its strong Arab connotations, feauturing dry-stone walls, long narrow windows and a withe dome to retain coolness.Each Dammuso is a room with two or three beds, bathroom, fridge, smal private garden and hotel service. ... more less
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