Are you in Sicily and the temptation to visit the Aeolian Islands is strong? Well, plan your trip and treat yourself to a relaxing time in these beautiful islands. The Aeolian archipelago consists of 7 islands which are all different in morphology and types of attractions: Vulcano, Salina, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Alicudi, Filicudi.
The best months to enjoy Aeolian Islands are June and September. July and August are peak season so consider your budget. They are also the most crowded months.
If you are in Sicily there are several ways to get to Aeolian Islands:
- BY CAR: Have you hired a car for a tour of Sicily? Great, because trains do not work in Sicily, avoid them in advance. I recommend to go to Milazzo, from where ferries leave. When you arrive at Milazzo port, you have to park your car. Here are 2 solutions:
– Blue strips at a cost of about €4 per day (recommended only if your visit to the islands lasts 1 day);
– Guarded parking at a price of €10 – €15 per day (among the most well-known parks Al parcheggio delle isole or Central garage). At Milazzo harbour there is always someone who will you ask you to park. He will take you to the parking by a mini bus.
- BY BUS: there is a direct bus service from Catania airport to Milazzo port, but it is seasonal and works only from April 1 to September 30. You can always catch Giuntabus bus but you’ll get to Messina station, then you have to change bus when in Piazza della Repubblica in Messina to get to Milazzo. Here you will find all the timetables. You can buy the ticket at the Sais Autolinee ticket office, which is in the airport . The journey time is approximately 2 hours.
If you are in Catania, you can leave from Catania (Via Libertà) catching Sais Bus to get to Messina (not Milazzo). When you are here you have to change your bus.
NOTE: AMT Alibus is a bus service which get you from the center of catania to the airport!
Next step is how to get to Aeolian Islands from Milazzo. Hydrofoil or ship? Choose the hydrofoil, which is operated by Liberty Lines and SIREMAR companies and it takes 1 hour. The first stop is Vulcano. During the low-mid season you can book the hydrofoil directly in Milazzo. Just in front of the port of Milazzo there is the ticket office. The cost is about €18, one way. You can also book via web.
TIP: Do not catch the ship because it takes 2 hours to arrive!
To visit all the islands and fully enjoy them you need at least a week. Decide which island you want to visit and consider that the ticket is not so cheap. You can also opt for a mini cruise,operated by Tarnav or Navisal companies (eg. the tour of Panarea and Stromboli cost €45 per person).
Are you confused because you do not know which Aeolian Island to choose for your stay? I will write a post to help you! Stay tuned! 😉