The Aeolian Islands in the Northern coast of Sicily offer quiet coves to swim and dive in the clear sea, amazing landscapes, imposing natural beauties and unspoiled ports.
The warm and breezy climate, always mild and rarely rainy, makes them a perfect summer destination, even if they are fascinating in every season. They are very varied islands and very different one from another.
As you travel from the Sicilian coast, the first island you can reach is Vulcano with its smoking crater. The next one in the chain is Lipari, the largest one. The white beach of pumice is stunning, particularly at sunset with the view of « faraglioni » (stacks). The last island on the Eastern side is Stromboli with its active and so fascinating volcano and the remote Ginostra, you can reach only by the sea. It is a small, whitewashed hamlet on a cliff overlooking a tiny port. While Salina has verdant vineyards, Panarea appears sparkling and so chic with its white villages, garlanded in bright bougainvillea. Sitting on its own at the end of the chain, Alicudi and Filicudi are the smallest islands. Here it’s like the time stopped. There are no motor vehicles on these islands (only mules) and their ports are tiny with short stretch of stony beach on which brightly painted fishing boats are pulled up.