EXCURSIONS TO VULCANO

TOUR OF VULCANO BY BOAT, BIKE OR ON FOOT

A paradise to explore by exclusively eco-friendly means: by boat, bike and …. in a comfortable pair of shoes. Setting off from Levante Port, famous for its fumaroles and hot springs, the tour heads northwest towards the Vulcanello Peninsula. Next stop is the splendid Grotta del Cavallo (Horse Cave), renowned for the spectacular play of light and shadow you can see inside. The tour then continues towards the charming lighthouse near Gelso Beach. ‘La Grotta del Cavallo’ (Horse Cave) is also known as the ‘Grotta dell’Eremita’ (Hermit’s Cave) and has three entrances. Inside there are tunnels, pools, stalactites and stalagmites, as well as singular dome-shaped vaults formed by the sulphur-rich water and vapour. ‘Scoglio delle Sirene’ (Mermaids’ Rock), another natural wonder, borders Black Sand Beach and ‘La Valle dei Mostri’ (Monster Valley), a rock formation with anthropomorphic features. Next to Mermaids’ Rock are the spectacular ‘Cala del Formaggio’ (Cheese Creek) and ‘Cala di Mastro Minico’ (Master Minico’s Creek), with their quiet, pretty little beaches separated by lava promontories. It‘s an extraordinarily beautiful and fascinating part of the island. Another absolute must is a trip to the natural pools known as ‘Bagno delle Vergini” (The Virgins’ Bath) to bathe in the shallow, limpid waters.

Amazing grottoes and seabeds, testimony to an untamed and intact nature, make the island very popular with diving enthusiasts.




THE CRATER

For anyone who loves excursions, hiking, nature and scenery, one of the highlights of a stay on Vulcano is a trip to the crater, a circular depression that formed as the result of a massive volcano-tectonic collapse about 10,000 years ago. There’s no danger to visitors, and it’s a unique opportunity to view the island of Vulcano in all its charm. The colours, the contrast between fire and sea, wind and land, and the uncontaminated and ancestral natural surroundings are all in some way reminiscent of a lunar landscape. Inside the crater, intense fumarole activity and ancient sulphur quarries. The flora growing in this very particular environment, igneous rocks and volcanic features make it a naturalist’s paradise.