The island of Panarea is the smallest of the Aeolian Islands archipelago and, together with the islets of Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca and the Panarelli and Formiche rocks, it forms a micro archipelago located between Lipari and Stromboli. From a geological point of view, it is the oldest of the Aeolian Islands. The oldest evidence of life on this island dates back to the end of the Neolithic period.
During your stay on the island, we recommend a visit to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, dating back to 1400 BC, where a series of wells that were dug in the fumarolic area have been found. The village can be reached on foot in about 45 minutes, or by taking one of Panarea’s typical electric taxis.
Panarea is known as the island of VIPs. It is the most exclusive of the 7 islands and the best equipped with services dedicated to tourism, such as bars, restaurants and discos, the centre of which is San Pietro. Very few of Panarea’s beaches can be reached on foot, but one of these, the Spiaggetta di Zimmari, is one of the few sandy beaches to be found in the Aeolian Islands.
For trekking enthusiasts, it is possible to reach Punta Corvo, the highest peak on the island (421 m), via the well-marked route, in about an hour. The climb is of medium difficulty and you can admire the entire archipelago when you reach the top. The small church of San Pietro, the island's main religious building, is also well-worth a visit. Next to the church, there is a subsidiary branch of the Aeolian Regional Archaeological Museum.
There will be a tour via sea in a typical Aeolian boat, allowing you to discover the hidden beauty spots along the coast, which would otherwise be inaccessible. We will also be able to admire the islets opposite the island of Punta Torrione, located in front of the Drautto and Cala Zimmari district. We will then move towards the promontory of Capo Milazzese, with its steep rock faces overlooking the sea. Later on, we will be able to admire Cala Junco, a fascinating natural pool and one of the most beautiful on the island.
While sailing, weather conditions permitting, it will be possible to stop for some diving from the boat into this wonderful island’s crystal clear sea.
Port of Vulcano – Panarea
Departure from the port of Vulcano by speed boat at 7:50 am* to reach the island of Panarea.
Expected time of arrival at the port of Panarea is 9:05 am.
Panarea – Port of Vulcano
Departure by speed boat from the port of Panarea at 6:10 pm*.
Expected time of arrival at the port of Vulcano is around 7:30 pm.