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Salina

You’ll recognise the Island of Salina by its distinctive twin peaks and will be captivated by its steep cliffs plunging dramatically down to the beaches that dot the coastline. The rich landscape of Salina vividly contrasts with the barren terrain of Vulcano. The twin craters of Monte dei Porri and Monte Fossa delle Felci are covered in dense woodland, thriving as a result of the Island’s numerous freshwater springs.

Brightly-coloured wildflowers are there in abundance too, like for instance yellow gorse and purple grapevines covering the hillsides in a vibrant carpet. The Island’s three main towns are Santa Marina Salina, which is also the principal port, Malfa and Rinella, small fishing villages on the southern coast. At 3,150 feet, the highest point on Salina is the Fossa delle Felci. Visitors who take the effort to climb up are rewarded with breathtaking views.From the church you can follow a track up through a nature reserve to the summit. it takes about two hours but the views out over the entire Aeolian archipelago are so jaw-dropping that the effort is definitely worth it.  

Salina’s two volcanoes, Santuario della Madonna del Terzito, are a place of pilgrimage, especially around the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th. The fabulous beach at Pollara was used as a location for the movie Il Postino. Land access is no longer possible, therefore the beach itself is a pleasure reserved for those arriving in their own yacht.

Although remaining unspoilt by tourism, Salina has good amenities for visitors – the Via Risorgimento in Santa Marina Salina is dotted with smart boutiques and restaurants. One of the best restaurants on the island, and a prime exponent of the Slow Food movement that was born in Italy, is award-winning A Cannata and Porto Bello, overlooking the harbour at Santa Marina Salina and an absolute treat for seafood fans. Capers are the big crop here and the Island also cultivates the grapes used to make Malvasia wine – both would make perfect gifts for foodie friends back home.

 

Mooring:

  • Stern-to along the quay on the inside of the harbour at Santa Marina Salina.

To Do:

  • Hire a scooter and explore the island
  • Swim at the beach made famous by the movie Il Postino

Facilities:

  • Bars and restaurants
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Fuel
  • Provisions