Seven volcanic islands scattered in the blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Known as the seven sisters and named after the wind god Aeolus, the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands are a Mediterranean paradise: stunning blue cobalt waters, active volcanoes to climb at sunset, fresh seafood, slow-food presidia and Malvasia wine.
If you plan an extension to the Aeolian islands after touring Sicily, we’ll likely propose you a 3-night stay in Salina with our captain ready to take you on wonderful boat day trips.
While if you have more days we’ve designed over the years many fantastic combinations, from exciting adventures to Stromboli and Panarea to the unusual trio of Panarea, Salina and Filicudi.
The itinerary below is a classic and lovely combination of Salina and Vulcano islands with fantastic boat trips to some of the other isles.
AEOLIAN TIME IN SALINA
In the first part of this 7-day luxury Aeolian hideway you’ll stay at gorgeous Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia. Settled among the malvasia vineyards, the white-washedTasca d’Almerita’s resort has wonderful views of Panarea and Stromboli. You’ll spend the next days by the pool and the vineyards and enjoy dreamy sunsets from your terrace with a good Tasca wine, most likely a malvasia. Your local guide will take you around his island – why not driving your own scooter – from one village to another, to visit capers’ producer, taste the best pane cunzato of all the Aeolian islands and to share the magic of the timeless hamlet of Pollara.
No trip to the Aeolian islands is perfect without a day by boat. A charming captain and a true cicerone once running a successful business in Milan, he decided to move to this Mediterranean paradise years ago. He will take you on board of his delightful wooden craft to Panarea, the party island, and Stromboli to admire from your boat the unique show of the fire streams falling down the side of the volcano like fire waterfalls into the dark sea. You’ll dine on board before cruising back to Salina under a starry sky.
AEOLIAN TIME IN VULCANO
On day 4 meet your captain again for a private transfer to Vulcano Isle with some stops to swim in Lipari’s aquamarine waters. The ancients believed that Vulcano was the chimney of the fire god Vulcan’s workshop and the moment you set foot on it, it becomes clear that this is indeed a setting fit for a god. Unspoilt nature, black sand, smoky fumaroles, therapeutic mud baths and hot springs.
Get settled in your sea-view terrace suite at SLH Therasia, enjoy the warm thermal waters and muds at the spa and dine at the starred restaurant on property.
Spend the next days swimming, snorkeling and especially kayaking to grottos and thermal caves with turquoise water and natural pools. Join your guide on board of a Mehari car to the cape and belvedere and to little villages before embarking on a easy hike to the Gran Cratere at sunset. A lunar landscape of smoking holes and yellow sulphur awaits you on top. And what a view! all the Aeolian Islands in a row rising out of the blue of the sea.
Tonight dine along the marina where shops, restaurants and bars come alive at evening. Who doesn’t love the islands’ vibe in the summer evenings?
Going back to Sicily’s mainland on day 7, you’ll spend a final night in Taormina before catching your flight back home.
The present itinerary and the suggested accommodation are just examples to give you an idea of what your customised trip may look like. Get in touch to design together your very own trip to Sicily.
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SALINA, CAPOFARO LOCANDA & MALVASIA
Standing amid the malvasia vineyards of the Tasca d’Almerita family, the white-washed resort has wonderful views of Panarea and Stromboli. Each room opens onto a terrace facing the sea.
About ISLAND HOLIDAYS Way of Travel
Who doesn’t love summer island vibes. From the Aeolians to the Egadi Islands and Pantelleria, the islands off Sicily are scattered in the blue Mediterranean sea, offer stunning landscapes, lovely villages, amazing properties and some of the best Italian food.
Here at Sicilian Journeys everyone has his own favourite isle and we escape there any time we can for a weekend with friends or a family holiday. No doubt that by the end of your island-hopping you’ll find your favourite and will want to come back again and again.