Which Aeolian Islands you should visit & Why
If you're planning a trip to Italy, then you have to add the Aeolian Islands to your itinerary.
Considering the long trip to reach us, it might be nice to get out with two islands (so, if you are staying at Principe: you got Salina down & need one more!).
But they are all so beautiful, which one to choose?
I have put together a quick overview with more details, which hopefully help you understand which island is a good match f you.
Some general info:
This beautiful archipelago is located off the coast of Sicily and consists of seven unique islands, each with its own character and charm. In this post, I'll give you a rundown of the differences between each island, so you can decide which one to visit based on your preferences.
First up, we have Lipari, the largest and most populated island of the Aeolian. If you're looking for a lively atmosphere with plenty of shops, restaurants, and nightlife, then Lipari is the place to be. It's also a great base for exploring the other islands, as there are frequent ferries departing from its harbor.
Next, we have Vulcano, which is famous for its active volcano and therapeutic mud baths. If you're into hiking and adventure, then Vulcano is definitely worth a visit. But be warned, the smell of sulfur can be quite strong on this island.
Salina (yuhuuu for Salina!!) is the greenest island of the Aeolian, with lush vegetation and charming villages. It's the perfect place to relax and unwind, with beautiful beaches and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. It's also a foodie's paradise, with delicious seafood and locally grown produce. Plus, the Principe is in it :)
Stromboli is another volcanic island, with a constantly active volcano that's a sight to behold. If you're looking for a unique and thrilling experience, then hiking up to the volcano's crater is a must-do activity. Stromboli is also famous for its black sand beaches and stunning sunsets.
Panarea is the smallest and most exclusive island of the Aeolian, with a luxurious vibe and upscale hotels. It's the perfect place to go if you're looking for a romantic getaway or want to pamper yourself with spa treatments and fine dining.
Filicudi and Alicudi are the most remote and secluded islands of the Aeolian, with unspoiled nature and a laid-back atmosphere. These islands are perfect for nature lovers and those who want to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet.
So, where should you stay in the Aeolian Islands? It really depends on your preferences and budget. Not every island is for everyone and not everyone is for every island. The trick is to find YOUR perfect match!