A sailing holiday is what it takes after a winter closed in house! The freedom to sail the seas and enjoy unspoilt nature and breathtaking scenery is amazing.
One of the best destinations in the Tyrrhenian for sailing lovers is that of the archipelago of Aeolian Islands, a real tresure in the middle of the sea. Known as the black pearls of the Tyrrhenian Sea, these enchanting islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is an archipelago of volcanic origin not far from the Sicilian coast from which it is easily reached. The navigation is pleasant but suitable for sailors with a bit of experience who know how to govern the winds and get away in an area with few port facilities.
The reward will be to be able to live a stretch of sea of incredible beauty and to enjoy unspoilt scenery with a sour beauty and sunny.
From Portorosa to Salina through Stromboli and Panarea
Starting from Portorosa and sailing eastwards you reach Capo Milazzo, the northern tip of the Gulf of Milazzo. From here we depart for Stromboli, the northernmost of the Aeolian Islands.
Stromboli is one of the two active volcanoes in Italy. Its characteristic, of being constantly erupting with a plume of smoke and a continuous cascade of lapilli, is extremely impressive. A real eye-catcher for those approaching from the sea, especially at night. The island has no ports, to stop you will have to approach Cala Fico Grande or Scari, on both sides of Punta Grande.
From Stromboli, sailing southwards, you arrive at Panarea, the smallest and most fashionable island in the archipelago. Its coasts to the west are sheer to the sea while to the east are smooth and that open in coves and bays perfect to pause.
Of great beauty the archipelago that surrounds it, from Basiluzzo to the rocks of Lisca Bianca famous for its fumaroles.
From Panarea you reach Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, rich in history and sites of great interest. Surrounded by white beaches that open onto a blue sea with breathtaking scenery.
From Lipari to Salina the route is short and the view from the sea is wonderful: Salina is the green lung of the Aeolian Islands. Endowed with a lush nature that covers its two volcanic peaks is a view of incredible beauty.
From Salina to Vulcano with stopover in Alicudi and Filicudi
Ten miles west of Salina is Filicudi with its steep coasts, whose beauty is fully appreciated only by enjoying it from the sea. The rock arch of Punta Perciato and the Grotta del Bue Marino, or the rocks La Canna are all natural shows to enjoy.
Sailing around the island can be tricky beacause of shallows and rocks, but is even consignated adventuring into its wonderful waters!
Alicudi, west of Filicudi is the westernmost of the Aeolian Islands. View from the sea looks like a dark and high basalt cone from the barren landscape. A place enchanted and out of time.
Last and southernmost of the Aeolian is Vulcano, only 12 miles from Sicily, with its volcanoes fumaroles and sulfur polls. The navigation around the island allows access to real paradises, such as the pool of Venus or the Cave of the Horse