Pure turquoise water bays surrounded by high peaks, lovely small towns and the delicious “cucina italiana” – these are the Aeolian Islands, a paradise in the Mediterranean sea, which can be reached only by water. The islands of Lipari, Stromboli, Panarea, Salina and Vulcano are part of a volcanic chain which starts with Mount Etna and ends with Vesuvius, near Naples. Their beauty and unique features have been officially recognized in the year 2000, when they were included in UNESCO World Heritage list.
If you are looking for “once in a lifetime” moment, this is the place where you can admire a perfect sunset on the top of an active volcano, while lava flows a few meters away from you. You will definitely fall in love with the small Mediterranean towns, while enjoying the sea and the sun in a perfect sailing holiday.
If you are looking for “once in a lifetime” moment, this is the place where you can admire a perfect sunset on the top of an active volcano, while lava flows a few meters away from you.
Vulcano is the first island on our way and the closest to Marina di Portorosa. We’ll spend the night in a bay, south of Vulcano. The beach here is black sanded, due to the volcano. Named after the Roman God of Fire, Vulcano Island is also the magnet to most excursionists. This is also due to the location, closest to Sicily. Among the best attractions in the area, you can find a steaming crater, black sanded beaches and mud baths.
Lipari is the largest island of the Aeolians, with the best marinas in the area. Once we dock the yacht, we can get the island’s vibe. The charming maze of narrow streets, with stone houses and lots of restaurants and shops will make you wander around for many hours. You can discover the rest of the island and the beaches and also feel like a true Italian, by renting scooters or small convertibles and traveling around.
Stromboli is for sure the most captivating of the Aeolian Islands. It is a hugely popular day-trip destination as well as the summer favourite of designers Dolce and Gabbana, who have a holiday home here.
Panarea is the fourth island on our list and the most fashionable one. Tiny and exclusive – this would be the best description of Panarea, the place where local and international celebrities come for a taste of “dolce far niente”.
Portorosa is our starting point and just as well end-line where we’ll get back Friday. Marina where we’ll spend our last night on the yacht is like a skittish small village with many villas and canals. Fare well dinner will be served at a restaurant by the sea.