Rising out of the deep-blue Tyrrhenian Sea, the Aeolian Islands are a little piece of paradise. This volcanic archipelago located north of Sicily is made of 5 islands: Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi. The islands are easily reachable from Tropea, a beautiful town located in the Calabria region, South of Italy. During my stay in Tropea, I had the chance to explore two of these amazing islands: Panarea and Stromboli. Let’s start exploring Tropea first.
Welcome to Tropea! This puzzle of little lanes flanked by colorful building is sitting on a cliff, overlooking the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea. Tropea is definitely worth a visit on your way to the Aeolian Islands.
Start exploring the town and why not enjoy a delicious Italian ice cream at the terrace of one of the many cafés?
From the top of the cliff, you will have the best view over the beach and its crystal clear water. Tropea is a very popular destination so the beach is unfortunately very crowded.
And then take a boat to your first destination: the paradise island of Panarea.
Panarea is a little gem. After getting off the boat, you will start exploring the little village, made up of white buildings, narrow lanes and beautiful pink bougainvilleas. You will then follow a little path leading you over this rocky island to beautiful little coves.
You will then embark for your final destination: the volcanic island of Stromboli with its black sand!
That’s it for the Aeolian Islands…