Hidden Gems

5 of the Best Beaches You’ll Find in the Aeolian Islands

By Alicia Sharp
on  July 01, 2019

When it comes to a spectacular island yacht getaway, few places are as beautiful as Italy’s UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands. Though their unique volcanic nature means that these islands aren’t famous for their beaches, that doesn’t mean they’re lacking in stunningly picturesque places to relax and soak up the sunshine to the sound of gently lapping waves!

To give you some insider knowledge, here are five of the best beaches you should visit on a sailing holiday in the Aeolian islands.

Lipari’s Spiaggia Bianca

Translating to the White Beach, this alluring stretch of coastline looks like something straight out of a dream. It’s considered by many to be the most beautiful beach on the island of Lipari, and for good reason! After soaking up the sunshine on this beautiful white pebble and sand beach, make sure to head out for a swim in the crystal-clear waters, which look almost unbelievably blue thanks to the bed of white pumice.

Vulcano’s Sabbie Nere

Sabbie Nere beach is a beautiful volcanic beach that curves around a bay of clear water from which magnificent rock formations rise out of. Situated on the west side of Vulcano island, the black sand of this beach contrasts beautifully with the rich blue of the ocean and looks out of this world. Resembling a prehistoric landscape of enviable beauty, this beach also looks absolutely stunning in photographs. With plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas to park up and enjoy a good book under or admire the scenery from, this is a great beach to spend the afternoon relaxing.

Panarea’s Cala Junco Cove

Surrounded by rugged cliffs, this dreamy cove has crystal clear waters that change from light turquoise to deep blue depending on the direction of the sun. Providing a welcomed respite from the rough seas, this protected bay is the perfect spot for an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling. The sunsets from this beautiful part of Italy are also breath-taking, so a sunset visit will be more than worth your time.

Swimming at Panarea’s Cala Junco Cove

Stromboli’s Forgia Vecchia

Although Stromboli is best known for having the most active volcano in Europe, it’s beautiful black sand beaches are not to be missed. Considered to be the most beautiful in the Aeolian archipelago, Forgia Vecchia is a pretty stretch of black pebbles curving around a tranquil bay and is backed by the volcano’s green slopes. With Mt. Strombolibehind and the beautiful expanse of the ocean straight ahead, the views from this beach are unbeatable.

Salina’s Scario Beach

This picture-perfect pebbly beach on the stunning island of Salina is tiny, but it’s breathtakingly beautiful thanks to the surrounding rugged cliffs. Located on the north coast of Salina, Scario is made of pebbles and polished stones with lush Mediterranean scrub growing behind the beach. Never particularly crowded, even in the high season, it’s the perfect place to lay on your towel and forget about the rest of the world for a few hours, only moving for a refreshing ocean swim. Scario Beach also has an intriguing historic story behind it as the sailing ships that traded with Campania stopped over at this beach.

If you want the chance to explore each of these beautiful and unique beaches for yourself, why not join Yacht Getaways on the perfect sailing holiday in Italy this summer.

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