The wild beauty of the Balata dei Turchi

 

Pristine and solitary, Pantelleria has many caves, hot springs and hidden coves of incomparable beauty, intimate havens among the most beautiful in the Belpaese, immersed in the blue of the Mediterranean waters of Sicily. Among these is certainly the famous Balata dei Turchi, an enchanting bay formed by a lava flow that descends directly into the sea and surrounded by towering cliffs overlooking as high as 300 meters.
 

The bottom is rocky but become sandy, reaching a depth of about 20 meters . Is located in the uninhabited southern part of the island, in fact, to reach it is a dirt road narrow and steep, difficult access by cars, why the private bay still retains much of its natural and wild charm. It is a wide flat platform jutting out over the sea, as indicated by the Arabic root word bàlat, which means slab of stone. The place's name instead seems to derive from an act of arms occurred in the second half of 1700, when three pirate galleys attempted, on a spring night calm, to dock to occupy the island and make slaves. The attack was foiled however by the population, and the captured pirates were enslaved. In memory of this event, the bay was now renamed Balata dei Turchi.

Although this is a pristine area, recent archaeological studies have shown that it was frequented by man over 7000 years ago to the extraction of obsidian, a rare volcanic glass, present in considerable amounts in the island of Pantelleria is of volcanic origin and born precisely thanks to the rapid cooling of lava. Legend also has it that the Balata dei Turchi is landed, after a shipwreck, the icon of Our Madonna of Margana, protector of the island of Pantelleria and now kept at Margana sanctuary, not far from the island airport.

A unique and a precious treasure for the whole of Italy, an ancient natural port of the pirates surrounded by legends, a quiet corner between sea and sky where you can isolate and relax lost with the look in exterminated Sicilian sunsets between Africa and Sicily.