Portorosa
Portorosa is the ideal base to reach the Aeolian Island ( 12 miles far from Vulcano), this is the heaven of saling: seven island which are few miles away each other, seven different faces of the incredible beauty of the earth of the vulcanos. The Marina of Portorosa is the most fashionable tourist harbour ini Sicily and also the most equipped Sicilian Harbour, this is due to its 600 places far the boats and the services ( coffee bars, restaurants, sipermarkets, swimming-pool, etc.) that the Marina offers. We wait for yo for our welcome cocktail in our offices.
Isole Eolie – Alicudi, Filicudi, Salina, Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea, Stromboli
The Eolian archipelago has volcanic origins, and it is on the north side of Sicily, made of 7 different beautiful islands: Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, the biggets , at west Filicudi and Alicudi, and at the north-side Panarea and Stromboli. Filicudi and Alicudi are the oldest islands of the archipelago, born about one million years ago. While the youngest are Vulcano and Astromboli, on these islands the volcanic activity is very intensive. On the other islands the volcanic activity is evidenced by hot waters, underwater springs and thermal muds.
alicudiAlicudi for its nature, bare and not easy to live in, has never been a populated island. The name comes from the word “Ericusa” , which means heather, the island is very rich of this plant, from which the very few inhabitants get handcraft . Making the circumnavigation of Alicudi you could not notice the beauty of its sea and its rich depths.
filucudi Filicudi with Alicudi is the oldest of the 7 islands, 16 miles far form Lipari and 9,5 km of surface. There are 3 towns for 300 hinabitants, but the island is the most interesting from an archeaological point of view. Among its caves must be remembered that one of “Bue Marino” – one time home of the disappeared Monk Seal – according to the legend inside the cave there is a monster and you can hear its voice, visiting it you will hear a voice….the paly of the water against the rock.
salinaSalina For its population and surface it is the second island of the archipelago, 27 km of surface, 7 km long, far from Lipari only 2 miles. Here the vocanic nature is well visible from the 2 twins volcans: Monte dei Porri and Fossa delle Felci. The name Salina derives from a lake of salt water, on the south side of the island, one time used to take salt. But, at the same time, this is the only one island which has fresh water, the others do not have it. For this reason, when you arrive from the sea, the island appears you as a mountain of green emerald, given by its famous vineyards. In fact the precious wine Malvasia comes form here. Who affirms that Pollara is the only suggestive area to visit here, is wrong. With 13 miles of coast in Salina there are alternatively fishing towns, caves, shores all to discover, among the most beautiful Rinella and Leni, with their colours changing from blue of water to green of plants.
lipariLipari is the most important and the biggest island of the Eolian archipelago, 37,6 kmq of surface, 9,5 km long. As its sisters, the nature of Lipari is also volcanic , in fact there are on it 12 volcanic systems. Moreover it is rich of volcanic springs and volcanic materials as for example obsidian and pumice. Lipari is the most populated island of the Eolians, 9.000 inhabitants, who quadruplicate in summer. There are 4 towns: Acquacalde, Canneto, Piano Corto and Quattropiani. For those people who loves archaeology,Lipari is well organized, it is worth to visit : the Castle, ancient acropolis of Lipari, the Archaeological Park, the Archaeological Eolian Museum of strong value and the archaeological park of Contrada Diana, rich of ancient ruins of Roman buildings. All the story of the Eolian Islands has passed by here. The most beautiful shore of the islnad is Spiaggia Bianca (white shore) named so because of its depths made of pumice. Crossing the rocks of Formiche there are the stacks Pietra Enala and Pietra Lunga, very loved by scubas. Following the coast there are many bays to vist, to discover.
vulcano Vulcano is a half mile far from Lipari. The island is marked by 4 volcanic structures 2 of which are still active: Gran Cratere and Vulcanello. V.ulcano is the wildest island of the Eolian archipelago , and the one which changes look according the colours of the sky. On the left side of Porto Levante there is Vulcanello, a promontory born by a violent underwater eruption. Along the isthmus that separates Vulcanello from the island, you find the shores of Porto Levante and Porto Ponente. The last one is wellknown because of its very hot water made by underwater boils, while Porto Levante is famous for its black thin sandy. To make a sailing trip around the island you could start it from P.te Nere le tre Dita and after that you enter in Roja coast under the volcano itself. All around white and yellow rocks. Near P.ta Luccia starts a plot of caves, following them you will be in front of the shores of Cannitello, Pra’e l’ ufali, Pra’ e l’asinu a Scario, all places of crystalline waters.
panareaPanarea is wellknown in all Europe for some of its famous guests. The island is only 3 ml far from Lipari and 3 are the main towns on it: San Pietro, Drauto and Ditella. Among the rich mediterranean vegetation there are thermal springs. We can define Panarea as an archipelago within the archipelago, because of the little minor islands that surround it: Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Dattilo, Bottaio, Lisca Nera, Formiche, Panarelli and Lisca Bianca. They are a paradise for the skin-divers bacause of the clear and crystalline waters. Panarea is also rich of caves all to visit, the biggest one is Cala Junco.
stromboliStromboli dit is 22 miles far from Lipari, the water around is 1.200 mt deep. The island is made by the volcano Stromboli, the heighest dry volcano in Europe. Stromboli is inhabited only because the lava runs on the north – east side of the island. Someone ha said that a travel in Stromboli is similar to an interior travel. Anyway all the island should be visited and a particular attention must be paid to Ginostra. The circumnavigation of the island could start from Fico Grande to reach Strombolicchio, a rock 50mt heigh and far from the island about half a mile. Sailing along the coast the island, after P.ta Lebranzo, you will find many shores and caves till the moment in which you will arrive in the point where the lava dives into the sea. A wonderful show, especially by night from the sea.
tindariTindari was a Greek colony – Tyndaris – founded in the 396 b.C. by the despot of Siracusa: Dionisio the Old . The town is in a strategic position, in fact from here, it is possible to control all the tract of sea between the Eolian islands and Messina. On the top of Tindari there is a sanctuary, inside there is the figure of a Byzantine black Virgin Mary, every year many pilgrims visit her. From this point, looking down, you can see the little lakes of Marinello, famous because they change always their shape. From an aerchaeoligical point of view this is a very rich area: you can visit the fortification walls builded during the period of Dionisio the Old, a quarter with its thermal springs, Roman buildings and a Greek theatre.
taorminaTaormina has been a touristc place since the past times: Greek people, the Roman, the Siculi and many others chose Taormina as the perfect place where spend their holidays for long periods. Taormina was loved, and is loved, by many people some of them very famous: Goethe, Dalì, Klimt, Nabokov, Sciascia, Pirandello, but, all who has visited Taormina is enchanted by the mix of art, wonderful nature, culture of the place. Coming from S. Alessio and Letojanni – all magic places to visit both by sea and land – you will arrive in Taormina Mare, crossing Mazzarò, Capo Sant’Andrea and Capo taormina. In the crystalline sea, under Taormina, there is Isolabella, a big rock all covered by mediterranean plants of incomparable beauty. In the area of Capo Sant’Andrea is possible to reach by boat wonderful caves, and also make all the nautical sports. It is not possible to describe Taormina, you have to visit it.
etna vulcanoL’Etna is the higher volcano in Europe. It is on the north-east side of Sicily and people have always been fascinated and feared by its volcanic activities. In the past people believed that inside it there was the forge of the god Vulcano and of the mosters called “Ciclopi”, or, moreover, it has been seen as the culumn of the sky. On the east side of the volcano there is the Jonio sea. On its north side the Etna is limited by the river Alcantara, on west and south-west it is limited by the river Simeto. The present shape of the Etna volcano dates form the 40’s , 3.330 mt high, 210 km of perimeter, 1.600 km of surface. The most famous eruption of Etna was in the 1669, when a long river of fluid lava reached Catania.