The Aeolian Islands are also commonly known as the Lipari Islands. They lie North West off the coast of Sicily and are of volcanic origin. Their geographical nature is extraordinary and sailing between the islands visitors can take in the amazing rock formations, and see black sand beaches and live volcanoes.
Marina di Portorosa is ideally positioned for exploring the Aeolian Islands, and is easily accessible from both Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto and Messina. Vulcano is the closest island to the Sicilian coast, and is famous for its natural mud baths and hot springs. Fossa di Vulcano is the main volcano on the island and it is worth making the small hike to the crater. Lipari is the largest and most populated out of the Islands and Marina Corta is a picturesque harbor with several nice restaurants that serve fresh fish and regional dishes. Panarea is particularly beautiful and reminiscent of a Greek island. The houses on the island are painted white and there are some very scenic beaches. The bay of Cala Junco is perfect for a day of swimming and sunbathing. Visitors may also be interested in visiting the remains of the Bronze Age village near Punta Milazzese. Stromboli is home to coves of black sand and an active volcano - Mt Stromboli releases lava daily and guided walks allow visitors to witness this safely. Santa Marina Salina is the main port on Salina, and has some nice boutiques and cafés to explore. The Museum of Emigration in Malfa and the Ethnographic Museum in Lingua may also be of interest. Experienced divers will appreciate the island of Filicudi. Diving sites such as the Grotta dei Gamberi and the Archeosub di Capo Graziano take divers to underwater caves and shipwrecks.
Sicily experiences a typically Mediterranean climate, and clear skies and temperatures of around 30°C can be expected during the summer months. The dominant winds are the Mistral from the North West, and the Scirocco from the South East that blow at a speed of 3-4 Beaufort. Note: Sailors should pay attention to tides and underwater rocks around the islands.
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