Sicily: 7 Aeolian Islands in a sailing catamaran

Alicudi, Filicudi, Vulcano, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Salina, Vulcanoʼs Great Crater, fishing in the sea.
Durata
6 nights, from Monday morning to Sunday lunch time.
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AEOLIAN ISLANDS – 6 CABINS 4 BATHROOMS
This sailing holiday takes place on board of a spacious and modern sailing catamaran, 20 meters long and 9 meters wide, built according to a Wharram design. It accommodates up to 10 people plus crew. On board there are 6 double cabins and 4 toilets. The 16 square metres deck is spacious and offers the ideal location for long days spent in the sunshine or unforgettable dinners at sunset. Catamarans typically offer high comfort and stability even in rough seas, and as a result passengers rarely suffer from seasickness. Due to the limited depth of their hulls, they can safely enter small coves and bays that could not be reached with different types of boats. Fishing and snorkeling equipment is available on board.

The seven islands
The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands represents one of those places whose name alone is enough to guarantee an unforgettable holiday. Alicudi, Filicudi, Vulcano, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli and Salina: seven Sicilian pearls that together will make the wishes of those crossing this stretch of sea come true. We will set off from Lipari, a town with a rich history; we will continue our journey hopping from one island to the next, savoring the unique and peculiar characteristics of each island. We will fully relax amidst the wild nature of Salina, we will find ourselves acting as adventurers when we walk to conquer the crater of the Vulcano and have lots of fun in the nightlife of Panarea. For those who have abandoned nature and lost their spirit of life, the Aeolian Islands are the right place to recover it.
Monday: breakfast for those who have requested to sleep on board, the others arrive in Lipari before 13.00 hrs. We settle in our cabin, store the provisions, have a welcome drink and enjoy the fresh fish we bought with the captain for lunch. Those who are interested can sign up for Wednesday's hike in Stromboli. We set off and have a swim in the sea after the Lipari's Castle. We reach Gelso beach, in Vulcano, and dve in the clear waters of this black beach followed by a short walk inland up to the lighthouse. At night we moor at Cala di Ponente and after dinner why not have a relaxing night swim in the warm waters and volcanic mud?
Tuesday: for those who have subscribed at the time of arrival there is the excursion to Vulcanoʼs Great Crater, an hour walk to the top and less for the descent. Those staying behind can choose whether to relax, go fishing in the sea or dive with the captain. At around 4pm we set sail towards Panarea, the liveliest island of these seven Sicilian pearls, but also the most conscious about light pollution: along the streets there is only soft and diffused lighting. We anchor for the night at Cala Junco, for the ritual aperitif and a dancing night at the famous club Raja.
Wednesday: in the morning we meander around the small islands near Panarea, head towards Cala la Nave and have a swim at Faraglione. We sail up to the lava-pebbled beaches and transparent waters of Stromboli. After dark we position the boat to admire the fire flowing from the island side into the sea. Alternatively, with prior arrangement with the skipper and at the time of boarding on Monday, we can opt for an unforgettable guided night excursion to the edge of Stromboli crater.
Thursday: we head for Salina, without a doubt the greenest Aeolian island. Our first stop is at Santa Marina di Salina. Whilst the crew fill up the water tanks and clean the yacht, we let the island tempt us. Why not go for a moped ride to the places where Troisiʼs film ʻThe postmanʼ was shot? Or a snack with ʻpani cunzatuʼ and then Alfredoʼs fantastic granite (Italian shaved ice with fruit and sugar)? And what about a tasting of capers and caper fruits with Malvasia at our friend Salvatoreʼs farm in Leni? Or maybe we could trek up to mount Fosse delle Felci, an ancient crater standing at 962 mt tall, from where you can admire the entire archipelago? We spend the night in Santa Marina or if you prefer, in the tranquillity of Rinella.
Friday: for the first part of the morning we head to Pollara. This small bay, backed by a suggestive sheer rock wall, the remaining of an ancient crater, will be all for us. A natural wonder to be crowned with a plate of sea-urchin pasta, if we have any volunteering free divers! In the afternoon we set sail to Filicudi, just in time for the sunset at Canna, an amazing 70metre high column shaped rock. We spend the night anchored at sea in front of the tiny village of Filicudi. Tradition dictates that once we have cleared the catamaran deck we dance the night away under an immense starlit sky.
Saturday: the day is dedicated to the magic of Filicudi, with its crystal clear waters and suspended atmosphere. In the afternoon we visit the Bue Marino cave, the biggest cave of the Aeolian Islands, that will not fail to enchant us with its mysterious silence and suggestive plays of the light, and then set sail again towards Lipari. One last swim in the sea at Porta dei Giganti and then we anchor. We have a long reinvigorating shower and visit the small shops on an unmissable stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The longest night will then start, cocktails, dinner and after-dinner: what should we choose between Al Filippino, ʻE Pulera, La Tavernella da Silvana or Gilbertoʼs sandwiches?
Sunday: breakfast on board. For those who do not have to rush home, a few more hours through Lipariʼs town centre or the island on mopeds or quad bikes.
Note: Seven islands, each one different to the other, each with its own character to interpret, each with its own history to explore and each with its 'excessive' nature to experience at will

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Info:
Embark/Disembark: Lipari.
Type of boat: 20mt long catamaran Pahi 63. 5 double cabins with 3 shared bathrooms.
Partecipants: 10 people plus the boat crew.
Crew: on board skipper and hostess/steward. Skippers are professionals of the sea who organize life on deck, while the hostess or steward take care, with everybody’s help, of the kitchen.
Cost per person: low season € 700 period 25/4-3/7 + 5/9-23/10; medium season € 800 period 4-31/7; high season € 900 period 1/8-4/9.
Price includes:

accommodation in double cabins with shared bathroom, cruise program, boat crew, tender, cleaning at the end of your stay.


Price doesn't include:

travel to starting place, food/pantry, fuel/diesel, eventual harbour/marina, anything not specified in “Includes”.


Info and booking:

Call us 0039-0444-303001 or write us anna@jonas.it