Warm Italian evenings, pastel sunrises, active volcanoes and Aperol Spritzes galore — these are the key ingredients for a perfect holiday. MedSailors knows that summers are best spent at sea and has opened up a NEW sailing route in Sicily (in addition to their popular routes in Croatia, Greece, Turkey and The Caribbean) that I was thrilled to join! I spent a sun-soaked week hopping around the Aeolian Islands and figured that the best way to tell you about it was though my preferred method of communication — photography!
We set sail from Portorosa Marina in mainland Sicily and, after a gorgeous golden hour cruise to get there, spent our first evening sipping local wine and enjoying live music on the island of Lipari. I sleepily drug myself out of our cabin for sunrise on the top of the boat and it did not disappoint!
After a day of sailing and exploring hidden swimming coves, we docked in picturesque Panarea. I loved wandering through the winding cobblestone streets and watching the sunset over a distant volcano from Raya Bar (vino in-hand, of course).
The next day, we were anchored at sea next to Stromboli, one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. While our more ambitious boat mates decided to do the 6 hour climb up the volcano, we relaxed on a nearly deserted black sand beach and watched the lava blast into the night sky from the ground.
Because of some rough winds, we spent the next two nights docked on the island of Salina. We loved this little town with its array of local designer shops. On one of my favorite evenings, we had a tour and tasting at local winery Hauner. Dinner was delicious at a nearby pizza joint and then a group of several boats danced the night away at a tiny little bar at the edge of town by the water.
Our last night was spent eating Pasta alla Norma (a traditional Sicilian pasta) and drinking cocktails under a burning sky in Vulcano. This rugged island was truly enchanting and the sunset was one of the best I had seen all summer long. Dinner turned into dancing (sensing a theme here?) at a beach-front bar and the trip ended on a perfect, sandy high (one that I’m still feeding off of as I write this in a cold and rainy Berlin).
Oh Sicily, ti amo! Thank you MedSailors for the effortless and unforgettable trip!