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If you’re tired of the same old beaches and have a passion for Sicily, then why not explore the Aeolian Islands? The Aeolian Islands, located off the coast of Messina, are a UNESCO World Heritage site due to their unique natural beauty. The archipelago comprises seven main islands: Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi, and Filicudi, along with a number of islets and rocks that dot the crystal-clear blue sea. This unspoiled and untamed archipelago is home to two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano, which are popular tourist destinations. The name “Aeolian Islands” derives from the ancient Greek god Aeolus, the god of the wind.
Discover the Aeolian Islands, Lipari and Panarea
The largest island in the Aeolian Islands is Lipari, where visitors can explore the Archaeological Museum (located in the Castle), the Greek acropolis, and the Cathedral of Norman origin. You must not miss the beautiful coves of Fico, the sandy beaches of Vinci, Capo Rosso, Valle Muria, and Punta della Castagna.
In contrast, Panarea is the smallest and least elevated island in the Aeolian Islands, but it is also the oldest and has unique underwater volcanic phenomena and a bustling nightlife. Panarea is part of a small archipelago, which includes the islets of Spinazzola, Basiluzzo, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera, as well as the rocks of Panarelli and Formiche. Tourists can land at the port located in the district of San Pietro.
Vulcano and Stromboli, the tourist destinations of excellence
In Greek mythology, Vulcan was the home to the forges of Hephaestus, the god of fire and blacksmithing. This island offers a unique opportunity to observe volcanic phenomena such as underwater and ridge steam jets, fumaroles, and sulfur mud.
Stromboli, located on the island, is Europe’s most active volcano, and its frequent and spectacular eruptions can be viewed from the Navy Observatory at Punta Labronzo. If you’re lucky enough to be there at the right time, you can witness the lava flow known as Sciara del Fuoco, which descends to the sea. Don’t forget to visit the charming village of San Vincenzo with its small, white houses and Strombolicchio rock, formed from one of the oldest volcanic eruptions in the Aeolian Islands while on the island.
Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi
In terms of size, Salina is the second largest island in the Aeolian Islands and boasts the highest elevations. The Fossa delle Felci is a breathtaking forest that overlooks stunning beaches. Salina was also the filming location for the movie “Il Postino” by Massimo Troisi.
In the westernmost part of the archipelago, we have Alicudi and Filicudi, which offer rugged landscapes, lush seabeds, and craters of extinct volcanoes. Must-see attractions on Filicudi include Faraglione La Canna, Grotta del Bue, and Scoglio della Fortuna.
The most unspoiled and untouched island is Alicudi, where cars are strictly prohibited. Don’t miss the chance to admire Scoglio della Galera while you’re there. Which island will you choose? Pack your bags and have a wonderful trip!
Excursions to the Aeolian Islands
You have the option of selecting mini motorboat cruises or boat trips to plan your excursions to the Aeolian Islands. The archipelago, consisting of seven UNESCO World Heritage-listed pearls of the southern Mediterranean, should be explored in its entirety. The islands include Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano, Panarea, Salina, Alicudi, and Filicudi. You either visit all of them or none at all. To reach these stunning volcanic islands, you can depart from Milazzo, Tropea, or Vibo Marina.
The mesmerizing colors of the sea, alternating caves and coves, picturesque villages, and unspoiled, wild places, as well as the sight of lava flows and blazing craters, await you. An unforgettable 80-kilometer journey along the eastern coast of Sicily.