The extraordinary Aeolian Islands provide unique and exciting chill out spots for a great island holiday.
The archipelago includes seven islands: Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, all part of a volcanic system that offers their own distinctive atmospheres. The tectonic activities in the area have created a geological legacy that is unmatched, creating wonderfully unique landscapes.
The rugged terrain on the Aeolians may not provide the typical, sandy beaches vacationer’s usually look for, but for those that enjoy exploring, there are a huge selection of breathtaking hidden places on the islands included private coves, inlets and peaks to explore, all beautifully situated under brilliant blue skies and surrounded by lush vegetation.
Lipari is the main island and offers the best selection of amenities along with a lively night life, and is a favorite among hikers and younger travelers. Through out Lipari you’ll find a variety of restaurants, ice cream parlours and charming outdoor cafes, the perfect chill out spots. You’ll also find spectacular scenery, volcanoes, fairy tale like castles, thermal resorts, great fishing opportunities, water activities and beaches, the perfect places to relax. There are also variety of boat tours to the other islands and beaches where you can visit a variety of hidden places along the archipelago.
There are four additional villages within easy reach from Lipari, including Acquacalda, Canneto, Pianoconte and Quattropani. Each of these unique villages offers a charm of their own and are definitely worth a visit. Also worth exploring is the Citadel which is still encompassed by walls that were built in the 1500s. Inside are two ancient baroque churches and the Duomo, an archaeological museum. On either side of the Citadel you’ll find the Marina Corta and Marina Lunga, tranquil chill out spots with charming cafes and restaurants, beaches and convenient access to boat excursions.
When it comes to food, you’ll find a delicious variety on all the local menus. The area is known for their fish delicacies and their swordfish dishes are delectable. Other island specialties include sweet and sour rabbit, aubergine rolls, maccaruni, aubergine rolls and creamy, smoked ricotta cheese. You’ll also enjoy a selection of excellent, spiced local wines, like Malvasia, which is created and bottled right on the Aeolian Islands.
The Stromboli and Vulcano draw geology buffs from all over the world, and Salina offers fantastic chill out spots and exceptional hidden places to explore. Stunning Panarea draws the trendy, wealthy crowd, and Alicudi and Filicudi are ideal for traveler’s who are looking for the perfect place to relax and commune with nature in solitude.
A holiday break exploring the Aeolian Islands in Italy offers endless possibilities for a one of a kind vacation experience, including the world’s best chill out spots.