They are also called the seven beauties. The Eolian islands have received their name from the Greek god of wind. The Eolian islands are located off the northern coast of Sicily and are of volcanic origin.
On Vulcano you can climb to the Gran Cratere, where sulfur fumes constantly rise. Stromboli the volcano spews fire fountains almost every hour.
Lipari, on the other hand, is the gentle main island. More than 6000 years ago, the Greeks settled here and produced impressive objects of use and jewellery that is well preserved and can still be admired today.
In total, about 20 islands belong to the archipelago, but only seven of them are inhabited.
The nearest airport to get to the Liparian Islands is Catania. From there, a direct bus departs for Milazzo, where hydrofoils regularly run to the islands.
The islands of Lipari, Vulcano and Salina are also served by the car ferry.
Everything that is needed for daily life on Vulcano must be brought in by ship, including drinking water.
The isolated location of the islands is reinforced by a storm and at the small ports the hydrofoils can only dock in calm seas. It was not for nothing that they were named after the Greek god of the wind Aeolus.
Whether you’re renting a car or using your own car, you don’t usually need that for the Lipari Islands. On some islands there are no roads anyway and on the larger ones there are taxis and scooters for the small tracks.
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If you book a trip with us, then we take care of all that-including. Hotel and accompanying program. For the trip to the Liparian Islands, leave your car better at home.
Depending on the exact travel date and booking situation locally, hotel prices may vary greatly. Especially in high summer, almost all beds are fully booked. As soon as we get your request and know what matters to you, we take care of it and provide you a individual proposal. To do this, we need to know what is important to you.
Most of the accommodation is on the island of Lipari. Here is also evening life in the alleys and there are beautiful restaurants.
There are convenient connections by ship from Vulcano to the other islands. If you are looking for relaxation in the mud baths, you are in good hands on the island of Vulcano.
Stromboli consists of the mountain and the small town of the same name. For those seeking peace and quiet, this is an ideal way to relax. The tiny fishing village of Ginnestra on the other side of Stromboli can only be reached by boat.
Salina is the green island and well developed. There are beaches and beautiful hiking opportunities. The number of accommodations and therefore tourists is limited.
Would you like to move into your quarters in an exclusive villa or out of town in a noble country house? We are happy to take care of your wishes. A hotel with charm or something economical for smaller budgets. We know the area well and will certainly find something that will inspire you.
Please note your preferences with the booking request.
The name Eolian was coined several thousand years ago. The islands are named after the Greek god of the wind Aeolus.
According to legend, Zeus of the god sent Aeolus to the island as an unpredictable ruler of the wind, plunging reckless sailors to their deaths. Even today, the sailors and fishermen pay great respect to the rapidly changing wind
Another legend has it that King Liparos, a legend hero who settled here in antiquity, gave the archipelago his name.
Between the islands you can take nice day trips. Tickets for the hydrofoils do not need to be reserved.
The Liparian Islands are beautiful from spring to late autumn.
The best time to travel is certainly in May and June. Nature is in full bloom, it smells seductive. Daytime temperatures are already warm in summer and at night it is still pleasantly cool. Especially the wind as a constant companion of the “Seven Beautiful” is still blowing moderately in the spring.
The choice of accommodation is still wide even when booking for a short term and the flights are inexpensive.
In spring and autumn, hiking groups from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France, and of course from Italy, will be encountered on the volcanoes.
In midsummer, on the other hand, the few islanders are barely up to the onslaught of sun-hungry families.
We recommend comfortable shoes, except in the evening, as you are also welcome to go to elegant and stroll. Don’t forget sunscreen and sun hat!
Tipping is expected in the restaurants frequented by foreign tourists. The waiters in these restaurants know very well what is common in your culture. You should know, though, that an Italian usually only pays what is printed on the bill. Importantly, they are considering whether the amount is justified. You can also ask for a proper invoice, which you can also get if you suggest that you need it for business. Speak calmly in your language and use your hands to make it clear what it is all about. If you stay friendly, then it all works out too. By the way, you are legally obliged to take the receipt with you. You may be checked by finance police outside the door.
Italians pay in the restaurant at the checkout on the way out. Money is dirty and shouldn’t actually change hands at the dining table. Of course, the waiters also adapt to the visitors and you can also have it the way you are used to from home. But it is better you go to the cashier near the entrance. In particular, if you pay by card, want a special receipt and maybe another brandy.
In Italy, it is not desirable to pay separately. When Italians go out to eat together, everyone eats and drinks what they want and can. One pays the bill to the restaurant. And in retrospect it is divided in private by the number of adults. Children are invited by the group.