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Which Aeolian Island Is Right For You?


Most of the time we are looking for an exotic destination, which we often pursue in remote locations, hundreds of thousands of kilometers away from Italy and from Europe.

Very often we forget that similar places are hidden a few miles from home and that Sicily reserves unspoiled locations and paradisiacal islands such as the Aeolian Islands.

Read also: 7 Underrated Places To Visit In Sicily

7 islands totally different from each other, although close to each other: Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano are the names of the islands born from the fiery fury of the volcanoes where spring never passes, the air is sweet, the sun is stubborn and nature always flourishes, softening rocks, volcanoes, lava plateaus, deserts, canyons and coasts overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

The Aeolian Islands, located in the north of Sicily, are easily reachable by a ferry all year around from Milazzo and during the summer months directly from Palermo.

Quick Sicily Travel Guide

Sicily Accommodation: San Domenico Palace and Grand Hotel Timeo for luxury accommodation in Taormina, and Casa Nostra Boutique Hotel or Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel for intimate vibes in Palermo. Dome or B&B Oriental Palace in Catania. Room Of Andrea Hotel or Gaura Apartments in Trapani. Le Tre Campane Ortigia or Palazzo Alfeo Aparthotel in Syracuse. Principe Di Salina Boutique Hotel or Il Gabbiano Relais in Stromboli on the Aeolian Islands.

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Which Aeolian Islands should you visit?

Every single Aeolian Island is full of magic and if possible, take time to see them all. But if you don’t have enough time to do that, because every island needs to be discovered slowly, use our guide to choose the best ones for you.


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Alicudi is known as the unspoiled island. Famous for its natural landscapes, paths and views, the island is quiet and still not very touristy. A perfect place for peace, quietness and the endless beauty of the nature.


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True paradise for sea lovers. Ideal for couples, groups of friends and families, the island manages to combine tranquility with adrenaline: in addition to snorkeling and diving, the island is famous for excursions to the summit of Mount Fossa delle Felci at a height of of about 700 meters.


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Lipari is a lively cosmopolitan capital for its nightlife. It is full of accommodation facilitie, suitable for every need and every budget: from hotels to tiny apartments for rent to elegant villas with swimming pools. The trails, beaches and water sports make it a perfect destination for adventure and relaxation lovers.


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Panarea is a scenic and lively island. Frequented by wealthy tourists and celebrities of the international jet set, who very often anchor their yachts along the coastline. Perfect for younger people and for those seeking active nightlife.


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Saline is the green island of the archipelago and here the sea is the real show. The main attraction is the climb to Monte Fossa delle Felci (yes, the name is the same as on Filicudi) and to see the Pollara old fishing village. It can be reached by walking along a panoramic path. Incredibly beautiful is the emerald green saltwater lake among the black pebbles in Lingua.


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The beautiful and fascinating beaches of Stromboli are famous for their black sand of volcanic origin. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and famous for its normally small, but regular explosions, which erupt incandescent lava from the various mouths within its summit crater. All the beaches are with black sand and offer magnificient beauty all around the island.


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The incredible volcanic landscapes of Vulcano will bewitch you! Famous for its black sand beaches and lunar landscapes, the island of Vulcano is probably the most loved by sea lovers. It is an excellent destination for diving, thanks to its crystal clear waters and seabed full of different species. It’s also the closest to the mainland of Sicily, which makes arriving to Vulcano easier and faster.

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Chiara Magi
Chiara Magi
I'm a photographer and filmmaker, and most of all probably the biggest lover of Sicily! I am also the creator of Sicily Insider, sharing the best travel information, tips and advice.


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