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Sicily | Aeolian islands cabin charter cruise and sailing holiday

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Sailing holiday in sailing yacht - Cabin charter - Italy, Portorosa - Yacht: Oceanis 46

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Discover the magical Aeolian islands with this cabin charter sailing cruise on a comfortable Oceanis 46: we are sure that it will be an unforgettable holiday! The Aeolian islands in Sicily, gems of the Mediterranean Sea in Italy are so beautiful that they were listed in the Unesco Heritage Sites in 2000. According to the Greek mythology they take their name after god Aeolus, the king of winds.

The archipelago is made up of 7 islands of volcanic origin north of the Sicilian coastline. The largest island is Lipari, followed by Salina. The smallest, Panarea, is also the most exclusive island, popular among Vips. Stromboli, thanks to the intense volcanic activity has seen tourism increase over the last few years. Vulcano is still a very popular island both for its hot springs and tourist attractions. Finnaly, Filicudi and Alicudi, west of the archipelago and close to Palermo, are the islands for nature and peace lovers. 

The Aeolian Islands, during this charter sailing holiday, will make you fall in love head to toe with the mix of tastes and charming landscapes, always different from one another, that will spread out in front of you every day and that will remain forever in your mind and heart. This sailing cabin charter cruise is perfect for those who love sailing amidst the unique spots of the Mediterranean Sea, without forgetting nature and inland attractions. Local people will welcome you with the typical Sicilian friendliness and, during the hot summer months, you can also take part in many local events and festivals.

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  1. Saturday


    Here we are in Marina di Portorosa, easily reached from Catania or Palermo airport by bus or car from Messina. After the introductions and once the galley is ready, we'll already start enjoying the warmth of the holiday and, weather permitting, we can set sail directly in the late afternoon for a first dip at anchor in Vulcano and an unmissable sunset drink.

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    Day 1
  2. Sunday


    Vulcano, the first island on our route, takes its name after the still active volcano that can be found on it. Despite the last eruption dating back to 1890, fumaroles can still often be noticed, and the area is full of sulphuric emissions fueling the tourist thermal industry. Upon arrival we'll enjoy a swim at anchor at Ponente port and the most "spoilt" can have a hydro-massage with natural mud to detoxify the skin and prepare it for the suntan and freshen yourselves up after the grey months spent in the office. Then we'll set sail to Levante port to swim some more and shake off the smell of sulfur.

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    Day 2
  3. Monday


    In the morning, as soon as we wake up, we'll head to Filicudi where we'll stop at Punta del Perciato, a lavic promontory rising on a cobalt blue sea where the erosion of waves has cut a peculiar gash. This area is very good for snorkeling because the rocky sea bottoms host a rich marine wildlife. Not far from here we'll visit the big and spectacular Grotta del bue marino cave, one of the most magical spots of the archipelago thanks to its silence and evocative light games.

    The exploration continues on to La Canna rock, a basalt obelisk 71 m high. We'll reach Filicudi port where, after a first stroll of the village to try the local rotisserie and pastry shop, we'll spend the night at anchor.

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    Day 3
  4. Tuesday


    Half-heartedly, we leave Filicudi behind to fall in love soon after with Salina, that we'll reach by the end of the morning. First swim in front of the black beach of quaint Rinella village. The wind will then push us along to unforgettable Pollara beach where the sea is crystal clear. We'll swim in a pre-historic sunken crater whose remains shaped by fire, wind and sea are still visible.

    From this beach it's possible to admire the spectacular sunset, regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. The sun becomes deep red, the perfect backdrop for spectacular natural attractions. After all this swimming we'll begin to be a bit hungry and we'll stop over at Lingua to taste famous Alfredo's "pane cunzato" and "granita", a special bread and water-ice that some believe to be the best in the world. In the evening if you wish we can moor at Lipari port and spend the evening in one of the excellent local restaurants.

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    Day 4
  5. Wednesday


    Today foodies will love the rich breakfast in a pastry shop in Lipari to begin the day and that you'll surely remember forever. When you are ready we'll head to the pumice cave where the blinding white of the rocks makes sea bottoms as transparent as a swimming pool. We'll dry in the sun and depart to Lisca Bianca. Here underwater springs emerge allowing us to enjoy a natural hydromassage. Back on the boat we'll set sail towards Stromboli: the volcano will offer us the sight of the famous "sciara del fuoco"

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    Day 5
  6. Thursday


    In the morning we'll stop again in Stromboli and sport lovers will have the chance to take a hike to the top of the volcano, or else visit the village. Back from the hike, we'll set sail to Strobolicchio, a volcanic rock emerging from the sea. An Aeolian legend says that the islet was once the stopper of Stromboli vulcano which was thrown into the sea during a violent eruption.

    After a good swim in this area which is perfect for snorkeling, we will sail to Panarea, the wordliest of the Aeolian islands. Cala Junco, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, is a horseshoe-shaped gorge sheltered from the sea, where you'll feel like swimming in a natural pool. 

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    Day 6
  7. Friday


    Friday morning, on our way back, we'll stop in Canneto (Lipari) where we'll find a cove made of sand and pebble, hidden in a beautiful bay lapped by a clear turquoise sea. We'll then set sail again to have a look at one of Lipari's famous stacks, mentioned by Homer in the 12th chant. The episode is that of sorceress Circe who, being in love with Ulysses, tried to prevent him from leaving by indicating two routes from which he will not come out alive. With the magic of the Aeolian islands in our hearts and minds, we'll head to Portorosa where we'll arrive in the late afternoon. 

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    Day 7
  8. Saturday


    We'll have breakfast together in order not to forget the sweetness of this marvellous islands and then everyone will travel back home. 

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    Day 8