The major question is: with so many possible spaces to discover and so many sights to see, how do you even begin to tackle the extensive and exciting Aeolian islands? Luckily for you, we have composed an expert guide on how to master the Aeolian islands during your catamaran charter.
With the Aeolian Islands, also known as ‘The Seven Sisters’ only a few nautical miles away, it is easy to plan a catamaran charter in a structured way, perhaps by conquering an island a day. However, if you prefer to roam freely and quite literally see where the wind blows you, the centrality and practicality of the position of Portorosa means you can afford to be spontaneous, choosing where and when you want to sail. Tailor your trip to you, whether that involves relaxing amongst lush green wilderness, blue seas and outstanding beaches or discovering the culture and history of the charming towns and villages which are studded along the islands’ dramatic coastlines. With a range of onshore facilities and activities and many an easy anchorage available, what are you waiting for?
With three dormant volcanoes, remarkable rock formations and a rugged, jagged landscape, this island is also set apart in terms of both time and space – electricity was only installed here 10 years ago! A magical stop off during your catamaran charter in Portorosa, this island is the perfect place to try your hand at some water sports. Its deep and clear waters make for excellent snorkelling conditions. Be sure not to miss a visit to ‘Grotto del Bue Marino’ which is the island’s principal attraction.
The closest island to Portorosa, you don’t have to sail too far to notice the well-preserved beauty of the island. Even from your catamaran charter, you’ll be blown away by the brooding and mystical volcanic landscape, sitting strikingly against crystal blue waters. Synonymous with its baths and springs, spend the morning in Vulcano taking advantage of the unique black sand beaches and the relaxing sulphur mud baths on offer. Later, make sure to venture up to see the major and unmissable attraction of the island: ‘Fossa di Vulcano’. While it is a trek to reach the top of the crater’s edge, physically seeing a mighty, steaming crater sheathed with red, amber and yellow crystals and warm lava really is once in a life time opportunity. Don’t miss out! From the crater, you can enjoy spectacular views over the islands and beyond; and if, after your hike, you are still thirsty for knowledge and understanding of the science and geography behind the volcanic history of the island, educate yourself in the local museum. Furthermore, talking to locals or taking a guided tour will give you valuable insight into what it is really like to live on the island on a day to day basis.
By stark contrast to Vulcano, Aliculdi island is the most isolated of the Aeolian archipelago. Travel back in time on your voyage to Aliculdi and immerse yourself in an authentic Sicilian sailboat experience, reconciling yourself with nature and sea. Untouched by consumerism or tourism, all you’ll be hearing on this island is the gentle sound of waves breaking on the shore and the light rustling of the wind. This island really is the definition of hidden gem; after a visit here, you are sure to return to your catamaran charter in Portorosa relaxed and serene.
Who needs an artificial firework display when you could watch the natural explosions and volcanic eruptions on Stromboli island? Home to Europe’s second largest active volcano, an astounding 924 metres in height, this island is quite simply breath-taking. Sail by day to see steam and smoke and at sunset, watch the hot ambers gently float down to meet the sea from the luxury of your very own catamaran charter. An active volcano in the middle of the ocean is not something you’ll see every day! You will find the best anchorage on the west side of the harbour or by the beautiful port of Ginostra.
The nearest airports are Catania and Palermo and most major airlines offer direct flights from the UK. If you are coming from or through Europe, there are also regular flights from France, Switzerland and Belgium. Transition seamlessly from either of these airports by car, bus, taxi or train. When you arrive at your catamaran charter in Portorosa, there are several banks and ATMs from which you can withdraw cash for your holiday. The currency is the Euro and the official language is Italian, although many people also speak a good level of English.
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