Today the Aeolian Islands are a favourite destination for Italian celebrities. Pay a visit to Stromboli, the island Dolce and Gabbana call home. As the sun sets, giant flames and molten rock spray from Stromboli’s crater like special effects in a Hollywood blockbuster. Vulcano has mud baths and a volcano that belches sulphurous smoke. You can choose to start from the bustling city that is Palermo, Sant Agata di-Militello to the east and ideally positioned to explore the Aeolian Islands, and further east still Portorossa is right on the tip of Sicily by the messina straights. Another option is Marsala, famous home of the wine and ideally placed to explore the jagged coastlines and sandy beaches of the Egadi Islands just 25 nm off the west coast and volcanic island of Pantelleria.
The normal summer winds are from the north-west average Force 4, occasionally from the west. Stronger mistral winds can blow in August, lasting 1-2 days.
There are daily flights on low cost airlines from Stansted to Palermo. For bases on the West of the island there are regular flights from the UK to Catania.
7 Day from Sant’Agata di Militello
DAY 1: Embark at Sant’Agata di Militello on the north coast, an ideal starting point for sailing to the Aeolian islands.
DAY 2: Vulcano (26nm). Rugged and barren, with lava eroded into fantastic shapes by the wind. There are therapeutic mud baths ashore.
DAY 3: Stromboli (27nm). The only active volcano in the area, Stomboli is over 300 feet high and is visible for miles. The spectacular eruptive phenomena which can be admired from the sea! At night the red flow from the lava flow on the northwest coast is most impressive.
DAY 4: Filicudi (33nm). Unspoilt and undeveloped, with stunning snorkelling and diving.
DAY 5: Salina (12nm). One of the first national parks that was created in Sicily – it’s a peaceful island with all its original beauty.
DAY 6: Lipari (10nm) The main and most populated island with a busy harbour. The port is small and busy. An excellent Aeolean museum exhibits remains from prehistoric through Phoenician, Greek, Carthaginian, Roman Byzantine, Norman and Spanish.
DAY 7: Return to Sant’Agata di Militello (29nm).
7 Day from Marsala
Day 1: Join your yacht
Day 2: Marsala – Pantelleria (59 nm)
Located between Sicily and Tunisia, this small island is growing in popularity as a tourist destination. Don’t miss the island’s thermal pools and consider renting a moped to explore the land.
Day 3: Pantelleria
Day 4: Pantelleria – Favignana (69 nm)
The island is famous for its tuna fisheries. While you are here go scuba diving or snorkelling. If you are travelling with a significant other, then be sure to check out Lovers Grotto.
Day 5: Favignana – Marettimo (10 nm)
Marettimo is the second largest of the Aegadian Islands. There is a well restored Byzantine-Norman church, hundreds of plants (many of them very rare), and pristine waters to swim in.
Day 6: Marettimo – Levanzo (12 nm)
Levanzo is a steep, rugged island with few inhabitants and a tranquil atmosphere. A central path through the island’s valley leads to a winery belonging to the Florio dynasty. Levanzo’s most famous attraction is the Grotto del Genovese, a cave with prehistoric images.
Day 7: Levanzo -Marsala (13 nm)
Day 8: Disembarkation
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