THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS
Spectacular sceneries, sandy beaches, colours, exhilarating flavours and fragrances have always made the Aeolian Islands a much sought after place by the ancient gods. Today, although the Islands are symbol of tourism, they still respect the past, fashionable but at the same time a place where one can listen to or be culled by the sound of the sea or the rustling of the breeze among the sails and the trees. There are seven Islands that make up the archipelago: Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi. They extend over an area of approximately 45 miles from East to West and 30 miles from North to South; they are all of volcanic origin, some with craters still in activity.
The main island, certainly the richest in history, inhabited since the Palaeolithic Age. The most striking feature of the ancient remains is certainly the castle, dating back to the VI century and situated on the ancient acropolis. Today, the castle houses the "Aeolian Archeological Museum" which relates the History of the Islands from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. Characteristic of the Island are: the pumice-stone quarries of Porticello, which render the beach and surrounding waters a peculiar white colour; the Faraglioni to the south off Vulcano; the lively square of Marina Corta; Sottomonastero, or Marina Lunga, a landing place with a quay reserved for boats in transit. The tourist port of "Pignataro" is situated to the extreme north of the inlet. It is protected by an outer quay with bollards and rings.
The island of thermal springs and mud-bathing, a destination of sport enthusiasts who can appreciate and enjoy the beauty of its waters together with that of the volcano, from which there are breathtaking sights, for example, the view of the surrounding islands and the isthmus connecting Vulcano to Vulcanello. The island offers a variety of sceneries but access to the most beautiful spots are to be reached by sea: La Grotta del Cavallo, the pool of Venere, the beaches to the South and the numerous caves to the West.
Stromboli is one of the two active volcanoes in Italy. The marine scenery of the island is full of grottos, among which "Eolo Grotto". Two characteristic features of the island are: "Strombolicchio" where the cliffs to the north rise steeply to 56 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea and "Sciara del Fuoco" where the vertical precipice descends down to the sea bringing with it its incandescent material. The latter is better seen by night and can be reached only by sea. Situated around the sandy point "Lena", there is a small village which can be reached by landing at Ficogrande or San Vincenzo which form a single dwelling place. On the opposite side of the island: Ginostra, which has electricity for very short time.
This Island with its steep rugged coastline is the most unspoilt of the Islands. It is formed by two extinct volcanoes: "Monte Fossa delle Felci and "Monte dei Porri" which give it an aspect for which the ancient name of Island was derived: "Dydime" or rather twins. Salina is named after the salt-works to the South-east, beyond cape "Lingua". The island is formed of numerous small natural bays, among which, Pollara, with its beaches and deserted fishermen's cottages, very picturesque at sunset; Rinella with its black-coloured grottos , which has been transformed into a small port. The very first tourist port of the Aeolian Islands was realized at Santa Marina Salina.
Limpid waters, craggy cliffs and fascinating seabeds make Panarea a much sought after place for sub aquatic sports. Young and lively tourists are attracted not only by the beauty of Panarea but by the vivacious nightlife. By day one can visit the Bronze Age village located on the promontory of cape Milazzese where the cliffs form a splendid calanque: Cala Junco, which is one of the most beautiful places of all the Islands.
ALICUDI E FILICUDI
Ideal places for those seeking pure nature and calm. Its ancient name was Phoenicusa since it is covered with ferns. Filicudi can be reached from the port to the East or from the village of Pecorini which lies to the south and where there is a landing-stage. The most beautiful parts can be discovered only by sailing: the faraglione "La canna", the small island of "Montenassari" and the "Giafante", the rocky cliffs of good fortune and the enchanting "Bue Marino" grotto. Alicudi is quieter still and not so easily accessible and for which it is usually excluded from the itineraries. Mooring has recently been facilitated by the landing-place of Palomba. The contrast between land and sea is really fascinating.
3 DAYS ITINERARY
Portorosa - Panarea - Lipari - Vulcano – Portorosa
Departure from Portorosa – Panarea : Cala Junco, Lisca Bianca, Basiluzzo - Lipari, trips by land:visit to the Aeolian archaeological Museum, overnight stay in Pignataro; trips by sea: Spiagge Bianche (white beaches), Faraglioni- Vulcano, trips by land: hot muds and underwater fumaroles; visit to the crater's peak (the climb takes about 30') – Trips by sea: black sands, Piscina di Venere and Grotta del cavallo – Return to Portorosa.
7 DAYS ITINERARY
Portorosa - Vulcano - Lipari - Panarea - Salina - Filicudi - Lipari - Vulcano – Portorosa
Departure from Portorosa - Vulcano: trips by land, hot muds and underwater fumaroles; visit to the crater's peak – Trips by sea: Faraglioni – Lipari, trips by land: visit to the Aeolian archaeological Museum, overnight stay in Pignataro, trips by sea: Spiagge Bianche - Panarea: Cala Junco, Lisca Bianca, Basiluzzo – Salina: S. Marina and overnight stay by the tourist port , Malfa, Pollara -Filicudi, trips by sea: La canna, Grotta del bue marino, Pecorini - Lipari, overnight stay in Pignataro, Faraglioni - Vulcano, trips by sea: black sands, Piscina di Venere and Grotta del cavallo – Return to Portorosa.
7 DAYS ITINERARY
Portorosa - Vulcano - Lipari - Panarea - Stromboli - Salina - Lipari - Vulcano – Portorosa
Departure from Portorosa, Vulcano: hot muds and underwater fumaroles, visit to the crater's peak (around 30 mins), Faraglioni. Lipari: visit to the Aeolian archeological Museum, Pignataro, Cave di Pomice. Panarea: Cala Junco, Lisca Bianca, Basiluzzo. Stromboli: visit to the crater's peak (4 hours for the climb, 1 hour for the descent), Ginostra, Strombolicchio. Salina: S. Marina, Pollara, Malfa. Lipari: Faraglioni. Vulcano: black sands, Piscina di Venere e Grotta del Cavallo - Return to Portorosa.
15 DAYS ITINERARY
Portorosa - Capo Milazzo - Stromboli - Panarea - Salina - Filicudi - Alicudi - Lipari - Vulcano - Capo D'Orlando - Capo Calavà
Departure from Portorosa. Capo Milazzo. Stromboli: visit to the crater's peak (the climb takes about 4 hours), Ginostra, Strombolicchio. Panarea: Cala Junco, Lisca Bianca, Basiluzzo. Salina: S. Marina, Malfa, Pollara. Filicudi: La Canna, Grotta del Bue Marino, Pecorini. Alicudi. Lipari: cave di pomice, Pignataro, visit to the Aeolian archeological Museum, Faraglioni. Vulcano: black sands, Piscina di Venere e Grotta del Cavallo. Capo d'Orlando, Capo Calavà, Return to Portorosa.
15 DAYS ITINERARY
Portorosa - Vulcano - Lipari - Salina - Filicudi - Alicudi - Ustica - Favignana - Marettimo - Levanzo - San Vito Lo Capo - Palermo - Cefalù – Portorosa
Departure from Portorosa – Capo Milazzo – Stromboli, trip by land: visit to the crater (the climb takes about 4 hours); trip by sea: Ginostra, Strombolicchio - Panarea: Cala Junco, Lisca Bianca, Basiluzzo - Salina : S. Marina, Malfa, Pollara - Filicudi, trips by sea: La canna, Grotta del bue marino, Pecorini – Alicudi – Lipari, trips by land:visit to the Aeolian archaeological Museum, overnight stay in Pignataro, trips by sea: Spiagge Bianche (white beaches), Faraglioni - Vulcano, trips by sea: black sands, Piscina di Venere and Grotta del cavallo – Capo d'Orlando – Capo Calavà - Return to Portorosa.
15 DAYS ITINERARY
Portorosa - Ustica - Egadi - Pantelleria - Siracusa - Taormina (Giardini Naxos) - Messina - Capo Milazzo – Portorosa
Departure from Portorosa – Ustica – Favignana: Villa Florio – Marittimo, Scalo Vecchio – Levanzo. The archipelago of the Aegadean Islands is a marine natural reserve. The islets of Formica and of Maraone. Pantelleria – Siracusa – Giardini Naxos: visit to the unforgettable Taormina – Messina – Capo Milazzo – Portorosa
15 DAYS ITINERARY
Portorosa - Milazzo – Messina - Taormina (Giardini Naxos) - Catania - Siracusa – Malta - Catania - Reggio Calabria - Portorosa
Departure from Portorosa – Capo Milazzo – Messina: crossing of the straits and stay overnight on board by the Marina – Giardini Naxos: visit to Taormina – Catania : visit of the town by the volcano Etna – Siracusa: to see Ortigia – Malta – Catania – Reggio Calabria: visit to the museum – Portorosa.
The volcanic archipelago of the Aeolian Islands is characterized by steep and seabed rich in caves and wrecks . We propose an idea of one week tours with diving instructors specialized in Aeolian Islands and the Costa Viola seabed.
TOUR 1: Portorosa, Vulcano, Lipari, Stromboli, Salina, Filicudi, Lipari, Portorosa.
Day 1: Departure from Sunsicily base in Portorosa to Vulcano, visit the island.
Day 2: Dive in “la Sirena” point near Vulcano, trip by sea to Lipari.
Day 3: Dive in “Punta Castagna” point near Lipari, afternoon trip by sea to Stromboli, visit the island.
Day 4: Dive in “Strombolicchio” point, trip by sea to Salina, visit the island.
Day 5: Dive in “ la Canna” point near Salina, trip by sea to Alicudi, visit the island.
Day 6: Dive in “Banco di Alicudi” point, trip by sea to Lipari visit the island.
Day 7: Back to Sunsicily base in Portorosa.
TOUR 2: Portorosa, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Tropea, Bagnara, Scilla, Portorosa.
Day 1: Departure from Sunsicily base in Portorosa to Lipari, visit the island.
Day 2: Dive in “Faraglioni” point near Lipari, trip by sea to Panarea, visit the island.
Day 3: Dive in “lo Scialandro“ point near Panarea, trip by sea to Stromboli.
Day 4: Dive in “la Sciara” near Stromboli, trip by sea to Tropea (Calabria).
Day5: Dive in “secca del Vaccarazzo” red coral cave, trip by sea, along “Costa Viola (violet coast), to Bagnara Calabra (Calabria).
Day 6: Dive in “Grotta dei pipistrelli (bat cave)”, trip by sea to Scilla (Calabria).
Day 7: Back to Sunsicily base in Portorosa.
A sudgestion to navigate to the Aeolian Islands In Partnership with Med Trek. Let yourself be carried in this archipelago considered a small continent.
First day: Boarding in Portorosa. Departure for Lipari, the center of the Archipelago. The island is great fun, a village full of life, bars and taverns.
Second day: Dive into the sea along the most beautiful beaches, famous as the pumice quarry, where the volcanic seabed is perfect for snorkeling and diving. Departure for Panarea, the charming island where you can enjoy dishes in exotic restaurants where cooks are artists. Options: guided tour in the most important underwater archeological museum; motorcycle or ATV.
Third day: We dive for a wonderful swimming in Cala Junco and around the Dattilo rock; Departure for Stromboli, the active volcano, experience its energy, in the dark you can enjoy the show of the continuous eruptions and explosions of the "Sciara del Fuoco". Options: helicopter tour over the archipelago.
Fourth day: Sail to Salina, the island of the Malvasia, a peculiar dessert wine; Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of Pollara bay and the abandoned village of fishermen, where it was filmed the movie "Il Postino". Options: walks in the highest top of the island; visit to a wine cellar.
Fifth day: Sail to Filicudi, the island of peace, where the atmosphere is magical; at night you feel in another era, hardly any electric, strolling along the waterfront to a small restaurant on the sea, to dine by candlelight. Options: guided walk to the prehistoric village of "Capo Graziano".
Sixth day: Sail to Alicudi, the smallest island, where a group of locals live according to an ancient style, made of the essential; continuing to Vulcano, where we spend the last night on board anchored. Options: Diving.
Seventh day: It ends with a swim in the natural "Venus Pool", having relax in the healthy mud. Departure for Portorosa. Options: walk to the crater, or mountain biking.
Eighth day: Departure, your tour may continue around Sicily with many other products.