The Mediterranean island of Lampedusa is the largest of the Pelagie Islands and is situated 205 km from Sicily and 113 km from Tunisia.
The Isola dei Conigli (literally ‘Island of Rabbits’), which is close to the south coast of Lampedusa, is one of the last remaining egg-laying sites in Italy for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, which is endangered throughout the Mediterranean. The beach and the neighbouring island are part of a nature reserve: this is where the famous singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno spent his vacations, and also died in 1994. Next to Parise Cape is a small beach accessible only by sea, through a low grotto.
Other species living along the island's coast include mantas and dolphins. Lampedusa is also known as being the gateway from Europe to Africa and is the southernmost point in all of Europe.