The itinerary below shows that you can sail to the Aeolian Islands from either Sant Agata or Portorosa. These bases are east of Palermo, where you can fly and easily catch a train across the top of the island to start your holiday.
Many of our clients fly into Palermo the day before and spend the night there. Sicily's main city is draped in a mantle of unpredictability and adventure: its streets are chaotic and its buildings are magnificently dishevelled. We’d recommend a thorough look around Palermo starting in the old city where you will find a wide mix of architectural styles thanks to the wave upon wave of invaders.
Both of these bases benefit from their close proximity to the Aeolian Islands. Both have supermarkets and all nedccessary facilities for preparing for your holiday. If you;re looking for another location along the top of Sicily to stay, check out the historic town of Cefalu.
Salina is the second largest island in the Aeolian group. In stark contrast to the exposed volcanic terrain of the other Aeolian Islands, Salina boasts a lush, verdant landscape. Woodlands, wildflowers, thick yellow gorse bushes and serried ranks of grape vines carpet its hillsides in vibrant colours and cool greens, while high coastal cliffs plunge into the breaking waters below.
Emerging out of the blue haze like a menacing maritime pyramid, Stromboli's smoking silhouette conforms perfectly to one's childhood idea of a volcano. In fact, the island of Stromboli is just the tip of a vast underwater volcano that rises from the seabed 1476m below. The most captivating of the Aeolian Islands, it's a hugely popular daytrip destination as well as the summer favourite of designers Dolce and Gabbana.
The ancient island of "Euonimo" is 3.5 sq km and is predominantly focussed on luxury tourism. The main village, Contrada San Pietro, consists of a picturesque group of white houses clustered along the eastern side of the island. The built-up area is crowned with olive trees and protected by huge walls.
Vulcano's volcanic nature has long been impressing visitors – the ancient Romans believed it to be the chimney of the fire god Vulcan's workshop and the island is today celebrated for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs. The main drawcard however, remains the Fossa di Vulcano, or Gran Cratere (Large Crater), the steaming volcano that towers over the island's north eastern shores.
Filicudi measures less than 10 square kilometres and is the most ragged of this group of islands. It’s a quiet holiday island and the two small villages lie on a small peninsula stretching out towards the south. Remains of prehistoric settlements from the Bronze Age have also been found here.
As with much of Sicily there is always more to a place than meets the eye. Palermo is no exception and we recommend you take the time to explore the back streets away from the bustling town centre to really appreciate what this town has to offer.