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

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Joel Fulleda

The island with the heart of fire is the youngest of the islands Aeolian.
Suggestive and fascinating, Stromboli is famous for its volcano it gives spectacular eruptions, to the point that it has been nicknamed the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.
Stromboli, in fact, is the top of a large active submerged volcano, under which wonderful stretches black sand beaches, the most beautiful of the Aeolian Islands.

Among high cliffs, volcanic eruptions, unique beaches and crystal clear sea, Stromboli offers amazing natural spectacles. Here's where Stromboli is located, Aeolian Islands: when to go and what to see!


  1. Where it is
  2. How to get to Stromboli and how to get around
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. Where to eat in Stromboli: the best restaurants
  6. Nightlife: what to do in the evening in Stromboli
  7. How much does a holiday in Stromboli cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments

Where it is

Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Stromboli is the northernmost island of the Aeolian Islands and covers an area of ​​12,2 sq km. On the island there is the homonymous volcano and, a few hundred meters north-east of the island itself, there is the volcanic neck of Strombolicchio, the residue of an ancient volcanic chimney. The islet is home to an uninhabited and automated Marina lighthouse.

How to get to Stromboli and how to get around

  • By sea: the highest number of trips to Stromboli is from Milazzo. The shipping companies are Snav, Alilauro, Siremar and Ustica Lines. Hydrofoils are the fastest means, ferries are slower but also cheaper and allow the transport of cars, motorcycles and bulky packages (navigation time, from 2 hours to 6 hours; prices from € 16,00 to € 45,00, )
  • By plane: the reference airport is that of Catania-Fontanarossa which guarantees frequent connections with Milazzo (120 km, about 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus) from which to reach the Aeolian Islands by sea.
  • How to get around in Stromboli: from one end to the other there is a 20 minute walk. There is no public transport but there are numerous electric taxis (€ 10,00). It is possible to rent electric motors and bicycles, as well as rafts and boats

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: Mediterranean, with mild and relatively rainy winters; hot and sunny summers
  • Best time: June, July, August and the first week of September are perfect for the sea. April and May are ideal for hiking as the heat is pleasant and still bearable.
  • Period to avoid: winter months (it is a purely summer destination)
  • Advice: comfortable and informal clothing. In summer, in addition to classic beachwear, sweatshirt or jacket could be useful for an excursion on the crater, a night boat ride, but also for the evening. Comfortable shoes. Raincoat or umbrella especially in the colder months.

10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

  1. Ginostra, a small fishing village of Stromboli which can only be accessed by boat. Set among the rocks, Ginostra keeps the classic traditional Aeolian architecture intact.
  2. Lazzaro beach, a beautiful beach also known by diving enthusiasts for its underwater arch. It is located near the town of Ginostra, a 15-minute walk away.
  3. Ficogrande beach, a small beach of very fine black sand and volcanic rocks. Easily reachable with a 10-minute walk from the hydrofoil dock.
  4. Tip of the Omo, the ideal place to explore the rich underwater landscape of the island. Known by diving enthusiasts
  5. Sciara del Fuoco: lunar landscape located in the northern part of the island, reachable via beautiful paths that cross a unique natural environment consisting of palm trees, citrus fruits, olive trees, prickly pears, capers and bougainvillea.
  6. Grotta di Eolo beach, perfect for those who love the morning hours: at dawn it is simply amazing, when it is illuminated by the first rays behind the Strombolicchio.
  7. Strombolicchio rock, the oldest volcano of the Aeolian, consisting of a rock tower overlooking the sea, just a kilometer and a half from Stromboli.
  8. Forgia Vecchia beach, a long expanse of dark pebbles under the slopes of the volcano.
  9. Scari beach, made of lava pebbles, is separated in two parts by the pier, just below the agglomeration of San Vincenzo, and offers beautiful views of the Strombolicchio rock.
  10. Punta Lena beach, characterized by a gray granite coast, is one of the most peaceful beaches where you can enjoy healthy relaxation.

Where to eat in Stromboli: the best restaurants

  1. Trattoria ai Gechi: very well-kept place with a terrace overlooking the sea. Homemade pasta and catch of the day.
    Average price per person: € 65,00
    Address and contacts: vico salina, 12 (Get directions) / tel: 338 357 7559
  2. Punta Lena restaurant: in a secluded position with respect to the town center, it overlooks the sea and offers an excellent menu mostly based on fish, as well as "off the menu" based on the catch of the day.
    Average price per person: € 100,00
    Address and contacts: via marina (Get directions) / tel: 090 986204
  3. Le Terrazze di Eolo restaurant: family-run restaurant with sea view. Fresh fish and adequate portions at the most competitive overall price of the island.
    Average price per person: € 55,00
    Address and contacts: via Regina Elena, 38 (Get directions) / tel: 090 986083

Nightlife: what to do in the evening in Stromboli

Stromboli it is definitely not a trendy destination for young people looking for nightlife. People come here above all to enjoy nature, between beach life, diving and nature trails.

The main evening activity is to admire the wonderful view of the fiery panorama from the sunset, enjoying an aperitif or a tasty fish-based dinner.
L'the island's only real nightclub is Megà and is only open in August; there are also two other rooms, The Tartana and Ingrid bar who organize dance evenings.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Megà: large disco in the shadow of the volcano
    Address: Get directions
  • The Tartana: restaurant and disco-bar more in all Stromboli. Candlelight, beautiful location on the rocks and exquisite creative cuisine.
    Address: via Regina Elena (Get directions)
  • Blue Night: perfect meeting place for companies of friends to enjoy excellent aperitifs and appetizers.
    Address: via marina (Get directions)

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

Reaching Stromboli is not particularly expensive. Low cost flights to Catania start from around € 36,00. There are also connections by sea, for example from Naples and Milazzo. Obviously the prices of flights, ferries and hydrofoils vary according to the season; if you can't move in low-mid season, book them well in advance.

Once on the island one moves only on foot, therefore, zero transport costs on site.
The accommodations are fairly priced in relation to the popularity of the destination. A room in a mid-level hotel costs around € 80,00. To save something you can choose an apartment for rent.

On average one full fish dinner, costs from € 30,00 to 60,00 per person. But you can save money, just opt ​​for a pizzeria or a rotisserie where you can eat some Sicilian musts (arancini, messinese focaccia, panelle, ...) for € 5,00 / 10,00.

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 46,00 per room 

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