Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean which has has islands of it’s own. One of the reasons why I chose to go to Sicily was for the opportunity for a twist on island hopping in the Mediterranean. Many people head to Greece or Spain and Croatia is growing in popularity. I wanted something with a different flavour. The different island groups that belong to Sicily are the Aeolians, Egadi, Pelagie and Ustica. For this trip I decided to visit the Aeolian islands found northeast of the Sicilian coast.
Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to visit all of the islands on this trip (Alicudi and Filicudi were missed), but there will always be another summer ;). For many visiting Italy, Sicily is overlooked and the Aeolian islands are definitely off the beaten track. This is where the Italians and a few savvy Europeans spend their summers. Panarea seems to be more popular but the island that caught my eye was Salina and Vulcano.
How to get here:
I took a bus from Catania airport that took me to me to the main port in Milazzo. There is also the port in Messina but more boats leave from Milazzo. The island of Lipari is the main hub in the island group and has the most accommodation options.
Where to stay:
I was based in Lipari and rented a whole villa to myself on Airbnb (I know, lavish). There is a camp site on Canneto beach. No hostels (yet).
What to do:
Chill out on the beach and read a book. The wifi is very spotty so use your time in the islands as a digital detox. Lipari Diving are diving outfitters based in Lipari and there are numerous outfitters for guides up to the crater of the volcano on Stromboli – which I think is better value than the boat trip to the volcano.
Enough talking, here are the pics:
Once I am PADI certified, I plan to return to these islands and visit some of the dive sites.