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The most beautiful beaches of the Aeolian Islands

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Always a maritime destination much loved by Italians and beyond, the Aeolian Islands are a truly fascinating archipelago to be discovered. Golden beaches, rocks and cliffs, black beaches of volcanic origin, a beautiful sea and many possible activities, from boat rides to diving.
Here the 10 most beautiful beaches of the Aeolian Islands!

Index

  1. Canneto beach, Lipari
  2. White Beaches, Lipari
  3. Black Sands Beach, Vulcano
  4. Calcara beach, Panarea
  5. Cala Junco beach, Panarea
  6. Scari beach, Stromboli
  7. Ficogrande, Stromboli
  8. Bazzina beach, Alicudi
  9. Pollara beach, Salina
  10. Capo Graziano beach, Filicudi
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Canneto beach, Lipari

It is defined by tourists as the best on the island. It is enclosed in a wide and long bay characterized by gravel and sand, but above all from clear waters and not too high bottoms. All this makes it ideal for all types of visitors, whether they are families with children or diving enthusiasts.

The beach is very well equipped unlike other decidedly poorer services, and offers rental of umbrellas and sunbeds, kiosks and bars, rental of sports equipment and pedal boats, in addition to the fact that in the immediate vicinity it is surrounded by accommodation facilities and other restaurants and bars.




  • Where it is: it is located on the east coast of the island of Lipari, close to the town of the same name and not far from the port, from which it is just 12 minutes by car or taxi - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and sport
  • Type: golden sand, gravel and rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

2 - White Beaches, Lipari

Not very far from the previous one, this beach is a long stretch of natural and wild coast. This beach is enclosed by imposing cliffs and behind it boasts a thick vegetation, while the ground is completely covered with pebbles and pebbles and the waters are warm and of an intense turquoise that offers beautiful views of the seabed. It is not equipped and does not offer many services, apart from a bathhouse with bar, restaurant and games for children, but in summer it is still invaded by umbrellas and sunbeds by those tourists who prefer more natural beaches. Despite this, it remains a pleasant beach for relaxing and snorkeling!


  • Where it is: it is located on the east coast of the island of Lipari, also in the locality of Canneto, almost 5 kilometers from the port, from which it can be reached in about 20 minutes via the Statale 180 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and snorkeling
  • Type: stones
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

3 - Black Sands Beach, Vulcano

This beach it is a true naturalistic jewel set in a bay. It is certainly the most suggestive beach on the Vulcano island! You know that the dark colored sand has volcanic origin and in fact, on an island on which there are several, an expanse of black sand bathed by waters as always clear and crystalline, with bottoms of lava stones could not be missing. This beautiful mix creates extraordinary reflections during the day that are accentuated even more at sunset, when at sunset, you can enjoy characteristic red shades and a splendid view over the whole bay and on the large rocks off the coast, such as the Scoglio. of the Sirens.

In terms of services, this beach it is quite equipped and the nearby village offers several lodgings and restaurants, moreover the waters are rather shallow and this makes it ideal for children as well.



  • Where it is: it is located in the Baia di Ponente, on the north-west coast of the Vulcano island, near the village of Porto di Ponente and 5 minutes by car or taxi from the island's port - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: volcanic sand and rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -

4 - Calcara beach, Panarea

It is the most characteristic stretch of coast of Panarea. It stands on the crater of an ancient volcano but today harmless, of which however the fumes and gases with their particular odors are still visible and perceptible which in any case do not make the time spent on the beach unpleasant. It extends for a short distance with golden sand and pebbles, bathed by clear waters and a wonderful color, completely immersed in nature with thick vegetation behind and the Grotta del Tabacco at the northernmost end.

As you can imagine, it is not a place equipped for tourists as it is completely wild, great for relaxing. Very suggestive are the boat trips off the coast that will make you admire the natural beauty of the island and for these you can contact the nearby rental.

  • Where it is: in the north of the east coast of the Panarea island, in the locality of Ditella from which it is about twenty minutes on foot via a steep path, it can also be reached in 5 minutes by car or taxi from the port - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and boat trips
  • Type: stones and sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

5 - Cala Junco beach, Panarea

It is located in a particular bay, what is called the most beautiful of the entire archipelago due to the extravagant shape of its rocks. This bay is indeed surrounded by rather strange rock formations on which natural pools have formed over time where taking a bath is very pleasant and relaxing.

Even the waters that bathe the beach are no exception! With the reflections of the sun they take on different colors due to the sometimes low and sometimes high backdrops, from emerald green to intense blue. Even this beach is not equipped with services, but it is still often crowded in the height of summer, however it remains a corner of paradise to which to dedicate at least one visit!



  • Where it is: it is located in the extreme south of the west coast on the island of Panarea, the nearest village is Drauto while the port is 13 minutes by car, continuing for the last stretch exclusively on foot on an ancient path - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: stones and rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

6 - Beach of Scari, Stromboli

It is located near the port of Stromboli, a long strip of land characterized by dark sand and lava stones which extends on both sides of the pier. Despite the proximity of the port, contrary to what one might think, even in this beach the sea does not disappoint, on the contrary it maintains the high standard of beauty of the beaches of the archipelago with its crystal clear waters.

Its position is also strategic for the perfect view it offers on the main volcano of the island, the Strombolicchio which often gives great smokes. Moreover, the beach is well equipped with tourist services and is very close to the town where there are many hotels, restaurants and night clubs.

  • Where it is: on the east coast of the island Stromboli, a few steps from the port and the town - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and nightlife
  • Type: dark sand and stones
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

7 - Ficogrande, Stromboli

It is located on the characteristic island of Stromboli. This beach it is a favorite of visitors to the island for both beauty and services offered.
In fact it is the only beach in Stromboli on which there are several refreshment points in addition to the classic services such as changing rooms, public toilets and umbrella rental. There is even a beach volleyball court to play with friends or participate in real tournaments!

As for beauty instead, you are on another beautiful one black beach with volcanic sand strewn with stones, while the perfectly clear sea and a spectacular turquoise.

  • Where it is: on the east coast of the island Stromboli, 15 minutes on foot and 5 by car from the port, while from the town it is only 10 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: volcanic sand and stones
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

8 - Bazzina beach, Alicudi

Alicudi is a small green island ideal for lovers of unspoiled nature and relaxation, on which this is located very short stretch of coast made of pebbles, in an inlet where the waters are clear and crystalline and the seabed is rich in rocks. Here diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will find a true underwater paradise! Those who simply want to relax can do so in total peace and without disturbances, since the beach does not have any services or bathing establishments and all around the only thing that can be observed is the luxuriant nature made of cliffs, trees and Mediterranean plants. About that, remember to bring everything you need for the day, even food and water as there are no restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity!

  • Where it is: on the east coast of the Alicudi island in Castello, almost 2 kilometers from the port and the main town, it can be reached in 35 minutes on foot and 10 by car following a long path - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and snorkeling
  • Type: stones
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

9 - Pollara beach, Salina

It is one of the most particular places. What characterizes it are the majestic reddish cliffs behind it which, in addition to being very fascinating for their natural beauty, keep the beach sheltered from the wind allowing the waters to be always flat and with beautiful turquoise reflections. The beach itself is a short expanse of stones and dark gravel, clearly not equipped with any service due to its conformation. in the sea there is a prehistoric crater now submerged but of which, during diving, the remains are still visible.

  • Where it is: it is located in the north of the Salina island, 30 minutes by car from both ports of the island and 5 from the town. Once you are near the beach, continue on foot along a staircase - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and diving
  • Type: sand and stones
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per room -

10 - Capo Graziano beach, Filicudi

In the southern end of the Filicudi island there is a wide strip of land called Capo Graziano where the beach of the same name is located, the most beautiful of the whole island. It is a long and long beach characterized by volcanic pebbles, as well as by crystal clear waters which take on various shades of color thanks to the beautiful backdrops, which allow splendid diving. Also this beach does not offer any service, but in the immediate vicinity there are several hotels and restaurants, but above all boat and pedal boat rentals to reach it by sea rather than by land.

  • Where it is: on the south coast of the Filicudi island, 5 minutes drive from the port and 9 from the nearest towns, Stimpagnato and Pecorini a Mare - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and diving
  • Type: stones
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip: info on flights, hotels and tours

The Aeolian Islands have always been a very tourist destination and given the large turnout, over the years they have developed more and more hospitality, in fact they offer a complete holiday full of services, transport, accommodation, restaurants and clubs, even if obviously the best-stocked island is the main one: Lipari.

First reaching the Aeolian Islands is not at all difficult and expensiveOn the contrary, from various Italian airports it is possible to fly low cost starting from about € 30,00. There are also connections by sea, for example from Naples and Milazzo. Once on the archipelago, even moving is not difficult between the taxis to move on land and the continuous ferries that connect all the islands. In this regard, however, if the intention is to move often, for total autonomy we suggest renting a car the cost of which is around € 50,00 per day.
If you prefer to take part in guided tours, the cost will be the same with transport and meals included in the day. And finally the accommodations, with very fair prices if you think about the popularity of the destination. A hotel room costs on average between € 30,00 and € 50,00 with breakfast included!

  • starting from € 36,00
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 31,00 per room -
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