Lipari, Aeolian Islands: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Called by the Greeks "Lipara" which means bright and fertile, Lipari is an Italian island belonging to the Aeolian archipelago, in Sicily. It is the largest island in the archipelago, and also the most endowed with accommodation and tourist facilities which make it a very popular holiday destination.
Appreciated for its landscape and wild beaches, it is also a pearl from an artistic and cultural point of view. Here is some info to better organize a trip to Lipari, Aeolian Islands: where is it, when to go and what to see.


  1. Where it is
  2. How to get to Lipari and how to get around
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. What to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. Where to eat in Lipari: the best restaurants
  6. Nightlife: what to do in the evening in Lipari
  7. How much does a holiday in Lipari cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments

Where it is

Italian town in the province of Messina, the island of Lipari belongs to the Aeolian Archipelago; it has an extension of 37,6 sq km, a length of 9,5 km and a width of about 5 km.
Bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is 38,5 km from the coast of Milazzo and has volcanic origins.

How to get to Lipari and how to get around

  • By sea: ferries and hydrofoils Liberty Lines Fast Ferries and Snav connect the island to cities such as Reggio Calabria (1 hour and 40 minutes), Palermo (4 hours), Naples (6 hours) and of course Messina and Milazzo (approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes / 2 hours - prices from € 18,00)
  • By plane: the nearest airport is Catania, this connects to the ports of Messina or Milazzo by bus (about 1 hour and 30 min), from which to embark by ferry or hydrofoil
  • How to move in Lipari: in summer it is forbidden to bring one's own vehicle, therefore once here it is possible to rent scooters or bicycles to ride it. There is also a public bus service available

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: Mediterranean, with mild and rainy winters and hot and sunny summers, the heat is often tempered by the sea breeze and temperatures are around 28 ° on average
  • Best time: from May to October when the days are sunny and warm; for those who want to enjoy the sea the most suitable months are from July to September
  • Period to avoid: from November to March because it is easy to have rainy days and bad weather
  • Clothing: light clothing in summer, rock and non-slip shoes, swimwear, hat and sunglasses, sun products; in the mid-seasons a windbreaker, sweatshirt and sweater. Backpack for excursions, water bottle and multipurpose knife

What to see: beaches and places of interest

  1. Pietra Liscia beach, with a white seabed for pumice sediments in contrast with the black sand, it is unique in the world. It can be reached by passing through a canyon characterized by pale rocks in stark contrast to the blue of the sea.
  2. Cane thicket, a beach of dark sand and gravel, bathed by turquoise and clear waters and nestled between the mountains, can be reached by small boats heading north of the island.
  3. Praia di Vinci beach, in the southern part of Lipari, is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Sicily, enclosed between red rocks that contrast with the clear sand and the intense blue sea.
  4. Quattrocchi lookout point it is the most evocative panoramic point of Lipari with a view of the stacks of Pietralunga and Petra Menalda, the beach of Valle Muria and the inlets of the coast.
  5. The historical center Lipari is a real jewel with the castle in a panoramic position, the Aeolian Archaeological Museum and the Cathedral of San Bartolomeo, of Norman origin, with the adjacent cloister.
  6. - the church of the Madonna della Catena, in the hamlet of Quattropani, is a small jewel built in the highest area of ​​the island and in addition to introducing you to a piece of history, here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea, plants and flowers.
  7. The Martina Corta district, a stone's throw from the small part where the ferries dock, is the starting point of the alleys of Lipari. Characterized by houses with light walls, fishing nets hung to dry and frequented by tourists and locals, it gives that typical Mediterranean atmosphere.
  8. Valle Muria beach it has an elongated shape and seems to embrace the rocky promontories behind it. It can be reached by boat and during navigation you can have a perfect view of the Farglioni of Pietra Ligure and Pietra Menalda as well as the view of the nearby island of Vulcano.
  9. Acquacalda beach in the homonymous village on the northern coast of Lipari, characterized by pumice stone quarries, it is surrounded by an evocative natural landscape and a gravelly coast equipped to meet the needs of tourists.

Where to eat in Lipari: the best restaurants

  1. Filipino restaurant in Lipari: restaurant with majolica and decorated plates on the walls that has been welcoming customers since 1990 and has mainly been offering seafood specialties since 1910.
    Average price per person: € 28,00
    Address and contacts: Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 98055 - Get directions, tel: 090 981 1002
  2. Il Corallo Restaurant: small location in the alleys of Lipari, with a refined atmosphere and welcoming service, it offers a menu of land and sea with typical island specialties.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 43, 98050 - Get directions, tel: 338 728 1860
  3. At sunset: restaurant with a beautiful terrace overlooking the island of Salina, famous for its dishes based on fresh fish such as tagliolini with sea urchins and paccheri allo scoglio.
    Average price per person: € 32,00
    Address and contacts: Via Mazzini Giuseppe, 98055 Acquacalda - Get directions, tel: 090 982 1094

Nightlife: what to do in the evening in Lipari

Nightlife is lively and well organized, albeit smaller than that of other islands such as Panarea and Vulcano.
Most of the places that serve drinks and play music are located on the main street of the island: Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
However, there are also exclusive and panoramic locations, outside the center, ideal for a aperitif at sunset or to dance until late at night.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Punta Papisca Cocktail Garden: in a spectacular location, near the bay of Canneto, it is a place suitable above all for aperitifs and has a beautiful garden and panoramic terraces overlooking the sea. Address: Strada Provinciale, 189 Canneto di Lipari - Get directions
  • Cafe du Port: for those who want to have a drink after dinner, in Marina Corta there is this panoramic cocktail bar perfect for those who also want to listen to some music. Address: Piazza Ugo S. Onofrio, 98055 - Get directions
  • tourmaline: under the castle of Lipari, set on a cliff overlooking the sea, the Turmalin disco is ideal for those who want to dance until dawn. Address: Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 10, 98050 - Get directions

How much does a holiday in Lipari cost? Prices, offers and advice

The months of July and August, being high season, are also those in which a holiday in Lipari costs more.
Consider, then, that the Aeolian Islands are not exactly cheap, but even here by organizing and adapting a little you can save something.
As for overnight stays, the advice is rent a holiday apartment or a room in a b & b that allow you to be more independent.

On the other hand, those who prefer to have all the services can stay in one of the many hotels on the island.
Prices range from € 55,00 to more than € 200,00 for a double room depending on the type chosen. As for the costs to eat, on the island there are both sandwich bars / pizzerias where with about € 10,00 you can eat something, and restaurants and clubs where the average cost for a dinner, per person is around € 30,00, .
However, consider on average to spend from € 800,00, upwards, for a week's holiday in Lipari.

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • flights to Catania from € 46,00 -
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