Volcanic, spectacular and at times wild, the UNESCO protected Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi) remain one of Italy’s best-kept secrets.
Water-babies: Swimming, sailing, diving and snorkelling ... if you like water, you’ll be in your element. The water around Spiaggia Bianca on Lipari rivals the Caribbean and there is a great choice of diving sites.
Foodies: Simple and uncomplicated with zero miles is definitely the way to go on a cluster of islands famed for their fresh fish, capers, peppers, tomatoes and, of course, honey-sweet Malvasia wine. In the restaurant at the Hotel Signum on Salina, food is Michelin-starred and prepared from freshly sourced local ingredients by chef Martina Caruso.If you want to discover more, Walking Eolie organises treks and excursions that include wine and food tasting events incorporating the Malvasia vineyards on Salina and at the Tenuta di Castellaro on Lipari.
Off-the-beaten track: Filicudi and Alicudi are the most remote of the islands. Alicudi sits on its own at the end of the chain, wild, flower-strewn and with breathtaking views. The best way to explore Filicudi? Via ancient donkey tracks on a guided Mulattiere trek.
Smoking hot: Make tracks for Vulcano and car-free Stromboli for mud baths and other volcanic activity. Climb Vulcano’s main crater to see the fumaroles and watch the regular volcanic eruptions on Stromboli.
Sit back and enjoy the view: Top spot for island-gazing is on Salina’s Fossa delle Felci which has views over all six neighbouring islands.