Explore the Aeolian Islands by yacht
Set just 25km away from Sicily and several international airports, the UNESCO protected Aeolian Islands are fast becoming a must-see yacht charter destination. With crystal-clear oceans, an array of active Volcanoes and gourmet beach-side restaurants, these seven islands promise a delightful experience for everyone. An Aeolian Islands yacht charter will give you access to the wonders of this Italian paradise. From the island’s main base at Lipari, to the exclusive Panarea as well as Alicudi and Filicudi. To explore yachts based along the Italian coastline, click here, or continue reading to discover more about the magical Aeolian Islands.
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Where to Visit on your Aeolian Islands Yacht Charter
As the archipelago’s largest and most accessible island, Lipari is an excellent start to your Aeolian Islands yacht charter itinerary. Unlike the rest of the islands, Lipari boasts a bustling town which acts as the archipelago’s capital city. Upon arrival you will encounter a busy market square, with an excellent choice of eateries overlooking the sea. Also, for the freshest of fish be sure to climb to Piazza Municipio at the top of the town for lunch. Or have your dinner at the excellent Filippino. For an even more peaceful setting away from other holidaymakers, cruise along the coast. Take in the stunning scenery and beaches. Including the naturally multi-coloured coast path, stretching from Terme di San Calogero to Bagnasacco.
Salina & Stromboli
While the Aeolian are largely defined by their volcanic landscape, Salina’s green setting and vibrant woodlands offer a beautiful contrast. It is famed for its appearance in the 1994 blockbuster ‘Il Postino’. The island’s picturesque beaches and prominent twin volcanoes are well worth a visit. The main port at Santa Marina Salina is calm and lined with boutiques and restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous, then a trip to the summit of the island’s larger volcano Monte Fossa delle Felci is a must. Whilst trekking through the forest, you will see a flurry of wildflowers, before hitting the refreshing breeze at the summit with fantastic views. In the evening, take anchor in the bay of Pollara to experience an iconic sunset. Together, with a meal prepared to your exact desires, and a refreshing glass of Italian wine.
After a mini-eruption in 2007, the volcano on Stromboli has been regulated and is often closed to the public. The surrounding area however is just magnificent. The tiny hamlet of Ginostra is only accessible by boat and is home to one of the best restaurants on the archipelago – L’Incontro. This is the perfect spot to take anchor and watch the molten magma emerging from the volcano against the backdrop of the cooling night sky.
Arguably the most beautiful island on your Aeolian Yacht charter itinerary, Panarea is an exclusive paradise, attracting jet-setters from across the globe. Much of the action centers around the buzzing nightclub at Hotel Raya. But stray a little further and you will discover some hidden coves and beaches. The Bronze Age huts above the bay of Cala Junca are a must-see. And a trip to the outer islets is thoroughly recommended. Sail to Basiluzzo and you will see the ruins of a Roman Port and Villa. Alongside a glorious sandy beach, the perfect spot to drop anchor and appreciate the scenery from your yacht.
Another spot with an active volcano, Vulcano is famous for its mud baths. Which are very good for the skin. The volcano itself makes for excellent viewing. But be sure to bring your nose clips as a strong smell of sulphur inhabits the island and much of the surrounding area!
Filicudi & Alicudi
If you’re looking to get away from it all then Filicudi and Alicudi are the places for you. Both are home to only a handful of residents and offer the perfect opportunity to explore the scenery as virtually the only visitors. The large number of ancient shipwrecks surrounding Filicudi make it an ideal diving spot. Make sure to find the hidden sea grotto!
When to charter a yacht from the Aeolian Islands
As with the majority of Mediterranean destinations, July and August bring the best weather and the biggest crowds. This is considered ‘high-season’. If you are keen to climb the volcanoes, we recommend to do your Aeolian Islands Yacht charter in either June or September to avoid the soaring temperatures. May and October are also pleasant, with the Summer weather persisting and prices across the islands dropping significantly. Charter fees also tend to be lower outside of July and August.
Additionally, the Aeolian Islands can be enjoyed as part of Sicily yacht charter and Amalfi Coast yacht charter itineraries, or on longer charters from Sardinia or other Mediterranean yachting destinations.
For more information about Aeolian Islands yacht charter, and to discuss itineraries and available yachts, please do contact our team of expert brokers today.