Stunning volcanic seascapes

Charter your own private yacht and sail the incredible volcanic seascape of the Aeolian Islands.

From Tropea’s photogenic old town you’ll embark on a blue water sailing adventure between the distant volcanic islands of Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari, Vulcano, Filicudi and Salina, hiking mountainous trails, snorkelling in crystal clear seas and bathing in thermal springs along the way. Revel in the culture, cuisine and scenery of the unique Aeolian Islands on your bareboat sailing holiday.

Tropea itinerary

7
Days

Highlights

  • Blue water sailing
  • Volcanic islands
  • Black sand beaches
  • Glamorous towns
  • Grottos and thermal springs
  • Sicilian and Neapolitan cuisine
Day 1

Tropea to Stromboli

The day's sailing

6.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Hiking Hiking
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

Waste no time on the first day of your bareboat charter holiday as you embark on a long spell of blue water sailing from Tropea to the distant island of Stromboli. Spend the morning exploring the stunning cliff-side streets of Tropea, sipping an uplifting espresso in a lively caffé to prepare you for a day of adventure on the open ocean. Leave early as you cruise across the Gulf of St. Euphemia to volcanic Stromboli. Stromboli is Europe’s second largest active volcano, and hiking the slopes of this steaming mountain is an experience not to be missed. Sunbathe on Stromboli’s black sand beaches or tuck into the Sicilian and Neapolitan influenced cuisine the island is known for.

Discover Tropea

Ancient cave settlements

On the outskirts of Zungri to the east of Tropea you’ll find the incredible Sbariati cave settlement. This network of more than 100 caves dates back to the 10th century, and is a fascinating site tucked away in the Calabrian countryside.

Suggested lunch spots

Visit the craggy and dramatic island of Basiluzzo to the south of Stromboli. The smallest of the Aeolian Islands, Basiluzzo is entirely uninhabited. Enjoy your lunch in peaceful isolation miles from the nearest town.

Day 2

Stromboli to Zimmari Bay, Panarea

The day's sailing

2.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Hiking Hiking
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

Sail southwest from Stromboli through the glassy surface of the Tyrrhenian Sea, keeping the tiny islets of Le Guglie and Panarelli to your port side. Pass the glamorous port town of Panarea and make for quiet Zimmari Bay on the island’s southeast coast. Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of this little-used anchorage, swimming and snorkelling in the calm waters of the bay. Panarea is a favourite spot for divers, while hikers should head for the panoramic views on show from the summit of Punta del Corno.

Discover Panarea

Helicopter ride

Book a helicopter ride over Panarea and enjoy a unique and spellbinding view of this island jewel.

Suggested lunch spots

Cruise west from Zimmari Bay to find the secluded Baia Milazzese, sheltered from the elements by a craggy peninsula home to Panarea’s incredible prehistoric village.

Day 3

Zimmari Bay to Porto Pignataro, Lipari

The day's sailing

2.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Hiking Hiking
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

To the southwest of Panarea you’ll see three islands emerging from the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, hinting at the spectacular submarine volcanoes that spawned them. Aim for the middle island, cruising across the turquoise Gulf of St. Euphemia to sunny Lipari. Lipari’s natural beauty attracts visitors from far and wide, with spectacular geological formations, quiet beaches, dramatic cliff faces and miniature islets to explore. Be on the lookout for evidence of Lipari’s earliest inhabitants: the Neolithic peoples who crafted tools from the jet-black obsidian created by the island’s volcanic past.

Discover Lipari

Lipari cathedral

Lipari’s cathedral dates back to the 13th century and features breathtaking Norman architecture.

Suggested lunch spots

Sail around to the south of the island, where a rocky overhang creates a natural veranda at Punta Grotticelle. Enjoy your lunch on deck in the shadow of the towering cliffs.

Day 4

Porto Pignataro to Vulcano

The day's sailing

1 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Hiking Hiking
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

It’s a short journey to the southeast from Lipari’s Porto Pignataro to Vulcano, but the views from your deck are spectacular. The steep slopes of Vulcano rise dramatically from the ocean. Mountainous Vulcano is a mecca for hikers, with scenic trails leading gradually to the volcano’s summit. The island’s volcanic action means weary travellers can soak in thermal pools and even treat themselves to therapeutic mud baths.

Discover Vulcano

Grotta del Cavallo

The Grotta del Cavallo is a large, half submerged cave where you’ll discover spectacular stalactites, echoing galleries and eerie underground lakes.

Day 5

Vulcano to Filicudi

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Hiking Hiking
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

Point your bow to the northeast and set sail for one of the most isolated islands in the Aeolian chain. Three hours of blue water sailing takes you to unspoilt Filicudi, where the pace of life has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. This rocky island of crags and caves has a natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere, and provides divers and snorkellers with a wide range of species to encounter. Head to the west of the island, where the Grotta del Bue Marino begs to be explored.

Discover Filicudi

La Canna

Sail out to La Canna, a giant finger of basalt pointing up at the sky from the azure ocean. La Canna is home to Eleonora’s falcon, and offers excellent snorkelling around its steeply sloping base.

Suggested lunch spots

Take a lunchtime trip to Punta La Zotta on the northwestern tip of Filicudi, where you can see the incredible rock formations La Canna and Scoglio Giafante.

Day 6

Filicudi to Salina

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Hiking Hiking
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

Complete your tour of the Aeolian Islands with a trip to Salina. Three hours of blue water sailing due east from Filicudi will take you to this leafy, mountainous isle home to more than 400 different plant species. Hike the tallest volcanoes in the Aeolian Islands in Salina’s interior or dine in the local restaurants for a taste of fresh, delicious Italian fare.

Discover Salina

Aeolian food and wine week

Over the first week in October Salina celebrates the Aeolian Food and Wine Week, bringing together the delicious cuisine of this food rich region.

Suggested lunch spots

Set in the shadow of the towering Monte dei Porri, the little town of Pollara to the northwest of Salina is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Dine in a local restaurant or enjoy a lunch break on deck as you bob on the gentle waters of Baia Pollara.

Day 7

Salina to Tropea

The day's sailing

9 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Hiking Hiking
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring
Tropea, Italy

Set off early to make the long journey back across the Gulf of St. Euphemia to Tropea. Relish the opportunity to embark on a blue water voyage across miles of the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the beautiful Aeolian Islands providing the perfect backdrop to your open water adventure. Stop at Panarea or Lipari along the way to break up your journey, or simply sail straight through to maximise your time in Tropea when you arrive.