The Aeolian islands owe their name to Aeolus, God of winds who, according to Homer, had his kingdom here. The Aeolian Islands are full of surprises and contrasts. Nowadays, those who approach it with a motor yacht, sailboat or catamaran, cannot help being overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape and the temptation to explore it. Nicknamed “the stray islands“, over the millennia, eruptions have repeatedly modified their size and appearance.
The coasts and the seabed are amazing but also the interior of the islands is full of charm: impressive volcanos always active, bizarre rock formations, dense vegetation in Salina, prehistoric villages in Lipari, Panarea and Filicudi and the archaeological treasures, which have been reclaimed from the sea and are jealously guarded in the Archaeological Museum of Lipari.
Clean air, crystal clear sea, wild territory makes this the ideal island for those who love exploring on holiday, for lovers of trekking, scuba diving or free-diving. No road runs along the shores of the island, so it is not possible to circumnavigate by road, but it is possible with your charter yacht. The roads are mule tracks, with wide stone steps leading to the summit of the island: Piano Filo dell’Arpa. Here donkeys and mules still resist , there is no pollution, nature is the owner of the island.
Even today Filicudi is felt to be a remote island not so much for its distance but for something deeper: it is a distance in time, in both its being and its people, all far from common. Paths and terraces, built over the centuries to allow the cultivation of the land, are a wonderful and impressive sign of the history of the island. Capers and vineyards, olive and carob trees characterise the strong landscape dominated by different red rocks, marked by time and storms. Hills and valleys create an uneven landscape, while the Mediterranean vegetation, particularly dense on the north side, covers the whole island. The coastal scenery descends gently, creating in the sea a variety of colours ranging from green to blue and violet. The Grotta del Bue Marino with its mystical atmosphere should not be missed on your charter yacht itinerary!
Lipari is the largest and most populous island in the Aeolian archipelago. Its town stretches at the foot of the imposing fortress of the Castle, the ancient Greek acropolis. The houses climb up to the ramparts and via Garibaldi follows a circular route, from piazza Mazzini to the delightful Marina Corta. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the old Roman decumano, is still the main street today. Traveling in the summer months when it is at its most lively, you can shop or walk around in the evening. It’s a sequence of shops. There is much to attract your attention in the busy shopping streets, but none more than Malvasia and capers which are the most popular purchases .
Ships and hydrofoils dock in Marina Lunga, where you can also moor your yacht or catamaran in the harbour. Lipari or Meligunis, as it was called by the Greeks because of its mild climate, is surprising owing to the variety of landscapes, and geological complexity of the territory.
This is the smallest of the Aeolian islands and is unique for its charm and beauty. Panarea meaning ‘all bumpy’ owes its name to the physical characteristics of the terrain and it’s this that makes for the pleasant walks among the hibiscus, caper plants and bougainvilleas. Here you can look to the beautiful surrounding islets: Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Bottaro , Lisca bianca, Lisca nera, the Formiche, the Panarelli and in the distance, Stromboli. Seen from your charter yacht the island looks truly magnificent, where every glimpse is like a picture postcard.
Salina has many surprises in store, along with its gifts of serenity and beauty. Salina is a lively island that still cultivates its fields and for the production of malvasia. In this part of the world this “nectar of the gods” is known as “Malvasia di Lipari” and is produced mainly in Malfa di Salina. Capers are a symbol for the Aeolian but only here are they harvested extensively. On the island there is a large nature reserve that protects its two extinct volcanoes which are covered by dense vegetation: Fossa delle Felci and Monte Porri. To enjoy the beautiful crystal clear waters of the island, we recommend you drop anchor at Punta Scario or stop off at Punta del Perciato, Pollara. From your yacht you will be able to admire nature and its stinging rocks along the coast alternating with pretty little pebble beaches.
It is like a black giant that stands out in all its grandeur from the intense blue sea. As the east begins to darken, the flame of the volcano at the top of the island becomes visible at intervals of 15 to 20 minutes. The volcanic island is also characterised by beautiful beaches. One of the most beautiful beaches of Stromboli is Forgia Vecchia. The environment is spectacular and evocative of the huge quantity of sand that descends towards the sea from the peak of the volcano. On the north shore of Stromboli, the long beach of Ficogrande boasts its characteristic fine black sand. Then beyond Ficogrande a series of small coves begins, each bordered by black rocks, mixed with pebbles and sand. At Piscità, where the cliffs overlook the dainty white houses, you will find an old tower-shaped windmill and the famous Grotta di Eolo. After Punta Labranzo you will see the cliffs of the North West coast, where the beaches have disappeared. This area is affected by the volcanic eruptions that pour incandescent magma into the sea.
Strombolicchio is a rock that looks like a castle in the middle of the sea. For those who like swimming, there is a trampoline at 57 m in height. The lighthouse can be reached via a staircase of 200 steps emanating from the remains of consolidated lava which was formed byt the eruption of a small volcano, active during the formation of the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands.
Vulcano is the first island you will meet leaving Milazzo, which is just 12 miles away. Near the port, you will be amazed not only by the beauty of the place but also the acrid smell of sulphur that impregnates the air. The phenomenon, which you soon get used to, is due to the “fumaroles”, high-temperature exhalations of water vapour, sulphur and carbon dioxide that are released from the crater or cracks in the ground. The fumaroles remind us that the volcano is always active. The black and very fine volcanic sand is typical of the west beach which hosts a myriad of boats, motor yachts, sailing yachts and catamarans in the bay and is the one most frequented by swimmers. The beach of black sand is bordered on the left by the Scoglio delle Sirene and on the right by Vulcanello where the Valle dei Mostri is located.