EASTERN SICILY - AEOLIAN ISLANDS
Sailing holidays in a mix of wild nature and nightlife: 2 holidays in one!
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The charter base Of Helm Yachting is located in the brand new tourist port of Capo d'Orlando (our base), a modern and elegant structure located on the north coast of Sicily, 130 km from Catania (2 hours by car) and 190 km from Palermo (2 and a half hours of car).
Capo d'Orlando is the closest starting point for reaching the Aeolian Islands by sailboat, they are only 15 nM away, in 2-3 hours of navigation, you arrive at the closest island, the island of Vulcano.
The volcanic origin of these islands provides them with a natural environment full of marvelous beaches, bays, caves, inlets and rocks of incomparable beauty and a great variety of seabeds. For all these characteristics, the archipelago has been included among the UNESCO sites.
Here you will find all kinds of styles for your summer holidays: in Lipari you will taste the best seafood ever as well as small shops in the characteristic streets of the main town, while in Panarea you can go wild dancing in one of the many clubs where young people from all the world enjoy speechless sunsets and incredibly star-filled skies. Or, if you want to be amazed, there is Stromboli, active and steaming, to see from the boat or even to climb.
Throughout the archipelago, however, a lifestyle based on relaxation and the sounds of nature prevails.
Sailing on a sailing boat to Filicudi leads to the perfect location for lovers of natural beauty.
The unspoiled flora and fauna and the beautiful beaches of Capo Graziano are the ideal setting for a sensational holiday, from the views to the scents, without forgetting the local restaurants with typical Filicudian Mediterranean dishes based on fish and Mediterranean aromatic herbs.
It is still possible to be surprised by the simplest things on the island of Alicudi and rediscover the essentials. You can admire the cultivated terraces, the colorful fishing boats of the fishermen who never fail to deliver the freshest fish, even aboard catamarans and sailing boats at anchor.
Alicudi is like a charming and sensual woman damned by her raw and harsh beauty. A wild and rugged island whose beauty was created by the ancient and violent explosions of volcanic eruptions.
Island of Lipari
The largest island of the Aeolian archipelago, it has a very active village full of activities, which is why it is considered the most suitable for those who also like to go ashore.
Lipari is not only appreciated as a tourist destination for its fascinating landscape, it is also considered a pearl of culture and art.
Lipari is the epicenter of the history of the Aeolian Islands and its museum on the rock, evidence of distant past lives up to 5,000 years ago, is a place not to be missed.
Salina is the 'garden' of the Aeolian Islands, far from the sparkling lights of Lipari, it escapes the rhythms of modern life.
It is a very welcoming green oasis that enchants with its luxuriant nature and the traditional seaside restaurants just outside the tourist port.
Ask your Skipper where to go, he will certainly be able to advise you in the best way!
This is the black pearl that has always attracted lovers of unspoilt nature and trekking up to the smoking top of the volcano.
"Iddu", an incredible active volcano overlooking the sea, capable of incredible lava flows and truly impressive roars. During the dark hours of the night, if you're lucky, it will surprise you with luminous lava explosions hurled high into a star-studded sky.
An incredible experience to live with your own sailboat.
The small island of Panarea is the ideal place to fully enjoy the beauty of the coast which is full of inlets and suggestive views.
The beaches are all on the eastern and southern sides of the island, the rest of the island's coast is so steep as to be almost completely inaccessible. The other beaches are located near the Basiluzzo and Lisca Bianca islands, easily reachable with your boat.
The village is beautiful with restaurants and jewelery shops, local foods, souvenirs, fashion. And don't miss the evening at the famous hotel - Lounge Raja.
Islet of Basiluzzo
The islet of Basiluzzo emerges from the sea just two miles from Panarea. It is one of the youngest craters of the underwater volcanic formation and is completely uninhabited.
Since 1991 Basiluzzo has been a nature reserve which, if visited in absolute silence, allows you to immerse yourself in a unique atmosphere in which volcanic rock formations combine with rosemary plants, dwarf palms, capers and lemons.
On the north side you will find sheer cliffs and small caves lapped by green and blue water, for an incredible anchorage a few meters from the falaises (pay attention to the anchors!).
A perfect picture of sea and sky, whose colors blend perfectly with those of the other six islands, the mighty volcano of Stromboli is also visible, which seems to send smoke signals to its visitors who admire it from the top of the opposite hill. The natural heat, due to the presence of the sulphurous waters and the God Apollo, makes Vulcano famous for its thermal baths, the hot muds and the bays of Baia delle Vergini and the Piscina di Venere.