The Aeolian Islands, also known as the Lipari Islands, are a volcanic archipelago just off the northern coast of Sicily. The main islands of the Aeolian Islands are Salina, Lipari, Alicudi, Panarea, Vulcano, Filicudi and Stromboli. Being volcanic islands, the Aeolian Islands have some of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes in the Mediterranean, with steep cliffs, deep caves and volcanic peaks offering stunning views across the sea over to Sicily.
There is a massive amount to do from an Aeolian Islands property. The beaches are of course a huge draw to Aeolian Island property, but you could enjoy a hugely active and entertaining holiday without ever touching the beaches too. Each of the Aeolian Islands has beaches worthy of boasting about, from the tourist beaches of Lipari to the secluded, deserted beaches of Alicudi, a wonderfully natural little island, free from roads and settlements. Snorkelling is an excellent way to explore the seas, and scuba diving can be arranged for all levels of ability.
Water sports are particularly fun from a self catering Aeolian Island holiday rental. The amazing underwater world the surrounds the Aeolian Islands makes it a stunning destination for scuba diving holidays, and there can be no better way to explore than by sailing, taking your own route around the area, stopping off in idyllic bays and at secluded beaches, which appear to have never been touched by a human hand! The fishing is exceptional too, allowing you to catch your supper to cook in your self catering Aeolian Island property.
The islands are known for their historical interest too. Remnants from Greek and Roman civilizations can be found, the oldest of which are found on Alicudi and Filicudi Islands. The Archaeological Museum on Lipari is a fantastic starting point for any historical exploration of the Aeolian Islands. Lipari is also the home to some fascinating Roman baths and a Roman sauna cave, which really must be seen to be believed!
Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands, and the most interesting historically. However, it is the magnificent beaches and volcanic landscapes that really draw visitors to an Aeolian Island property on Lipari.
The appropriately named Vulcano Island is a geological marvel. Famous for its hot springs and mud bath spas, Vulcano is a centre of health and good living. The island is home to two fantastic beaches, as well as an active crated that you can climb. Looking into the crater of an active volcano is an experience that you will never forget. Stromboli Island is the most famous of the volcanically active islands, and the deep waters that surround the island make it a real favourite with scuba divers.
The Aeolian Islands are famed for their fantastic climate. The islands are very dry for most of the year, and average monthly temperatures vary between 13°C in January and 27˚C in May.
You can reach any of the Aeolian Islands with a 45 minute hydrofoil ride from Milazzo in Sicily or Messina in Italy. Catania Airport (CTA) in Sicily receives direct ThomsonFly flights from London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN), and from the airport, it is only a bus ride to the port of Milazzo.