Aeolian Islands – The seven sisters (U.N.ES.C.O. Heritage)
The Aeolian Islands (Panarea, Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari and Salina) lie on the northern coast of Sicily. According to a legend, Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, lived here together with the gods of heaven, of the sea and the fire. All 7 islands of the archipelago are of volcanic origin and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002 on account of their importance for the continuing global volcanological investigation. Vulcano was formed by an outbreak, which separated it from its neighboring island Lipari. Here beside a climb to the volcano, you have also got the possibility to take a bath in a natural sulphuric mud pool. Lipari is known for its black, sharp volcanic glass. Salina is known as “the green” among the Aeolian Islands, due to its large area of vegetation. The film “Il Postino” has also been filmed here. The island of Stromboli is basically only the tip of a gigantic underwater volcano. It erupts every 15-20 minutes and served ships as a lighthouse because of its well-visible lava fountains. On Panarea you will find one of the most beautiful bays, the Cala Junco. The sister islands of Alicudi and Filicudi are more unknown, but no less charming. On Filicudi you will not find any streets just paths that are accessible on foot or with donkeys. These wonderful and various islands (“The seven sisters”) offer unforgettable days in a Mediterranean panorama without equal.