Aeolian Islands – Seven Islands, Seven Experiences!

The Aeolian Islands are seven islands situated in the Aeolian Archipelago, just off the southern coast of Sicily. All of them are of volcanic origin but with their own characteristics and individuality and being there you feel you are in a different world, lost in time, uncovering beaches, caves, creeks, cliffs and an incredible selection of seabed affluence.

Lipari

The stepping stone to the other Aeolian islands. The largest and most populated. All ferry connections from Sicily stop here, with boats and hydrofoil connections to the other islands. There are no signs of volcanic activeness now other than the thermal springs and fumaroles. The biggest town is also called Lipari set within the picturesque Marina Lunga and Marina Corta inlets, a busy town with charming streets, an interesting harbour, castle-citadel and the Aeolian archaeological museum.

Visit the island’s untamed countryside by taking a bus ride to Quattrocchi viewpoint, where a magnificent, imposing scenery of rocky, rough shoreline stretches 5km south to the smoking slopes of the island of Vulcano. Descending the path to I Muria you reach a beach with pebbles, cliffs at the back where you can swim and sunbathe. Taking the boat back you pass by arched rocks and when the sun is setting the cliffs get a luminous gold colour.

Lipari – Aeolian Islands

Stromboli

The island of Stromboli with its volcanic activity offers the visitors the opportunity to watch impressive eruptions all the year round. Stromboli is the most distant island from Sicily, with a few inhabitants. Ficogrande and Piscita are two of the sites that attract most visitors.

The colour of the sea is dark and cooling. The black beaches become very hot through the hottest hours. On the northeast side of the island is the mountain of Strombolichio which is 43m high and inactive.

Vulcano

Vulcano is the nearest island to Sicily. Is attracted by daring tourists who want to live the experience and enjoy the volcanic phenomenon although there are no eruptions for the last 2000 years, only diffusion of ash and lapill. Due to its fertile soil, beautiful and wild landscapes of extreme beauty can be admired. Visiting Capo Grillo you can enjoy the horizon that surrounds all the islands. Porte of Levante is another place most visited with the mud from the volcano famous for its healing properties for the skin. In the valley of Mostri extraordinary and strange shapes created by lava stones producing shapes of animals and mysterious figures. Don’t also miss the chance to dip in the waters of the appealing beach of Asino.

Vulcano - Aeolian Islands
Vulcano – Aeolian Islands

Salina

A cosy, restful, not crowded island in the Aeolian archipelago with a picturesque scenery, majestic volcanic cliffs reaching the sea, with a natural water source, beaches with pebbles and hills covered in wild capers and vines. The easiest way to explore the island is with a scooter along quiet roads through the small valleys enjoying wildflowers, caper bushes and cacti. A dominant scenery of the island in the twin obsolete volcanos covered in delightful plant life.

Panarea

The smallest and most charming of the Aeolian islands. Chic. Picturesque, ideal for an elegant escape. This trendy island attracts celebrities, VIPs, and wealthy Italians, some of them own a property there as well or come with their yachts for social gatherings, romantic trips and late-night entertainment. The simple white houses are surrounded by beautiful gardens and well-kept lanes. There are no large luscious hotels and unattractive constructions. During the non-peak season, you can enjoy the beauty of the island, relaxation, sea views, sunshine and the easy way of living on the island. Panarea has a good selection of restaurants and bars to suit every pocket. Some are chic and expensive, others are ordinary, friendly with normal prices and delightful dishes.

Filicudi

Another small island of the Aeolian islands. Staying in Filicudi you will realize that is one of the most charming and undeveloped islands with the shape of a snail with rough, rocky coastline, clear transparent waters and deep caves. The attractive season to visit Filicudi is spring. At this time of year, an outburst of different coloured flowers appears. Ancient pathways are used to help you reach to many parts of the island. Capers, vines, olive trees, carob trees are a typical feature of the wild countryside which is dominated by red rocks which have different shapes due to weather conditions.

Alicudi

One of the inhabited islands of the Aeolian islands archipelago. The most distant and less populated of the islands. It has the shape of a cone and is a non-active volcano covered in vegetation. An ideal place for a specific type of tourists. Adventurers. Writers. Artists and people who are looking for tranquillity and peace.