Eolie Islands Route

Eolie, or Lipari Islands, are a small archipelago located at the very south of the Tyrrenian Sea, near the coast of Sicily. They originate from ancient volcanos. The archipelago counts the islands of:

  • Alicudi
  • Filicudi
  • Lipari
  • Panarea
  • Salina
  • Stromboli (and the neaby rock called “Strombolicchio”)
  • Vulcano

These islands are an increasingly popular touristic destinations: they also have been recently included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

LIPARI it’s the biggest island and counts 5 villages. The Archeological Museum houses the richest historical artifacts of the area. Lipari counts three minor harbours, where it’s easy to anchor and then sail away again, thanks to the exceptional positions in the eastern part of the island, where you can take advantage of every wind.

Alicudi is an island with a surface of 5,2 km². It was called Ericusa by ancient Greek: it means “rich in heater”. This herb is predominant still today in the native vegetation. It’s the further west island of the archipelago and its unique village has around 100  inhabitants.

Filicudi is overlooked by Fossa delle Felci mountain: an extinct volcano of 774 metres of height. Its population of around 250 person (which arouses to 3000 during the summer holiday season), is located between the villages of Filicudi Porto, Valdichiesa and Pecorini a Mare. The only road of the island connects them all and with the port.

Panarea island is the smallest. Alongside the islets of Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera and the rock formations called Panarelli and Le Formiche, it creates a small and unique archipelago between Lipari and Stromboli, which sit on the same marine basement. The docking and touristic centre is San Pietro, and it’s the only inhabitated location in Panarea.

Salina island is the second rated for dimension and population. It has 3 towns: Santa Marina, Malfa and Leni, which collectively house 2.300 persons. The Greek called the island Didyme, “twins”, while the current name derives from the saline lake located in its territory. Salina is the most fruitful island of the Liparis and here grow the vineyards that give us the well-known “Malvasia delle Lipari” wine.

Only Stromboli island has, still today, an active volcano: it’s the most active volcano in all Europe and it erupts approximately once per hour. The people of Stromboli call him “Struògnoli”, or “Iddu”, “Lui”, (means “him”, god), continuing the ancient tradition of personifiyng natural elements.

Vulcano island sits 20 km north of Sicily. Only a portion of sea 750 metres large separes this island from Lipari.