The Aeolian islands are a UNESCO world heritage site due to their outstanding record of ongoing volcanic activity. Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea and Stromboli: the seven “sisters” with a millennial history that rise from the Tyrrhenian Sea, about forty kilometres from the north-eastern coast of Sicily. The islands, a symbol of uncontaminated nature, have been inhabited since prehistory; Greek legend states that the Aeolian islands were created by Aeolus, the God of the wind.
The ancient name of Salina, “Didyme” is from the Greek “twins”, referring to Salina’s two mountains, it’s these extinct volcanos that give the island its unique profile. The island is known mainly for the production of Malvasia and capperi di Salina; a Slow Food presidium, its abundant vegetation is the richest among these islands, attracting many bird species to Salina.
A crystal-clear sea and high dark rocky cliffs with lush vegetation: exploring Salina by yacht or fishing boat, is a breath-taking experience, which reveals the secret coves and allows to dive into the uncontaminated sea. Salina is located at the center of the archipelago: it is possible to organize daily excursions by boat or hydrofoil to the other islands.
Panoramic trekking paths lead to the nature reserve of the Montagne delle Felci and dei Porri, here visitors can observe numerous plant species, take a breath of forest air, and observe – from the highest point of the Aeolian Islands – Eleonora’s falcons, shearwaters, other pelagic birds and awesome views that span from the Sicilian coastline to Mount Etna.