Holidays in
Aeolian Islands

Dramatic volcanic Italian islands

Aeolian Islands holidays offer some of the most beautiful, boat-hopping Italian adventures. The Aeolian seven-island archipelago, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, lies around 25 kilometres off the coast of Sicily, ringed by the royal-blue Tyrrhenian Sea. The largest island, Lipari, has two ports – one of which has pastel-coloured buildings and plenty of places to dine and relax.

The dramatic island of Vulcano is famous for its therapeutic cures – you can bathe in hot springs and mud baths, climb to its volcano’s crater and bask on its black-sand beaches. Salina is lush with capers and vines and features some extraordinary rock formations – including the scalloped backdrop to Pollara Bay, where boathouses are built into the cliff. Stromboli is the only island with an active volcano – when it’s safe, you can hike up to the summit to see its smoking core. Holidays to the Aeolian Islands offer scenic splendours, delicious food and wine, and views that you’ll never forget.

Your Aeolian Islands questions, answered

There are plenty of hydrofoils making the trip over to the islands from Messina on Sicily and Reggio Calabria on the mainland. They run all year round, but there are more departures from spring to autumn.

There’s accommodation on all the islands, so you can stay on whichever one you choose and use it as a base from which to take day trips.

The Aeolian Islands are accessible for all budgets thanks to good-value accommodation and affordable eating and drinking options, especially the local Marsala wine.

Best things to do in Aeolian Islands

Spot lava flows

You can take a boat trip around Stromboli at night to see the lava flows edging their way down the mountain – a common sight from this active volcano.

Find Four Eyes

There’s a famous viewpoint on Lipari Island, just over 3 kilometres from Lipari town, called ‘Belvedere Quattrocchi’ (Four Eyes Viewpoint) from where you can see some of the other Aeolian Islands.

Climb a crater

For more mesmerising views, climb all the way up to the crater of Vulcano, which offers sweeping panoramas as far as the eye can see over this barren, moonlike island.


When it comes to your holiday, we know everyone likes to have great flexibility and a memorable experience - so we've designed our getaways with you in mind.
your-perfect-holidayYour perfect holidayGet flights, hotel, transfer*, cabin and hold bags, all in one booking.
flexible-flightsFlexible flightsKeep your options open with flexible flight times that suit you.
luggage23kg bags includedA generous 23kg bag plus cabin bag for every adult and child traveling.
ATOL-protectedATOL protectedYour whole holiday is covered by ATOL, plus we're ABTA members.
spread-the-costSpread the costBook with just a £60pp deposit and pay the remainder 60 days before departure.