UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, the Aeolian Islands are an archipelago of 7 islands located on the coast of the northern Sicily, in the province of Messina.
One of the most famous destinations in the world of tourism, the Aeolian Islands are flooded every summer by an army of holidaymakers, attracted by the crystal-clear sea and idyllic beaches. All seven islands are of volcanic origin and each of them deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Lipari, the largest island in terms of area, is also the most populated and boasts a vast network of connections with the mainland and other islands. Very lively and touristy, it is usually the initial landing point used to find accommodation in a B&B or a house for rent and then to discover the other islands from there. The small charming White beach is known by that name because of its characteristic sand made of pumice and the crystal-clear waters.
Salina, the second largest island after Lipari, is famous for the plentiful production of capers and for malvasia, a typical sweet wine similar to passito, the raisin wine. Located in the middle of the archipelago, it has served as a magical backdrop for the scenes of Il Postino, a masterpiece by Massimo Troisi. Do not miss the beach of Pollara and its clear and see-through sea.
Vulcano, the so-called “hot land”, offers its visitors the benefits of thermal and sulphurous waters. The top of the volcano that dominates the island can be reached on foot and is an excellent activity for those who love excursions and trekking, From the top, you will be able to enjoy a unique view of the famous black beaches.
Beaches with very black sand are also typical of Stromboli, the “Black Pearl” of the Aeolian Islands, preferred by those who love wild and unspoilt nature. The volcano bubbling over the sea produces roaring nighttime explosions, that will leave you utterly astonished.
Panarea is the smallest, but also the most popular island among the nightlife enthusiasts. A favourite destination for celebrities, this is also the most expensive island of the archipelago, because of its varied range of exclusive venues. If you are in Panarea, you simply must take a bath in the waters with the beautiful rocky setting of Cala Junco.
Last but not least, Alicudi and Filicudi are the westernmost islands of the archipelago. They are more discreet and private, perfect for those who just want to relax and be in contact with nature.
You can visit the Aeolian Islands from Cefalù too. The VST (Visit Sicily Tours), a company of the Lombardo group based in Cefalù, provides connections directly from Cefalù to the Aeolian Islands, with excursions that last the whole day to Lipari and Vulcano or Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi or Salina, Panarea and Stromboli. All you have to do is pick the islands that you want to visit and discover these wonders of nature.