Salina: the sweet and peaceful island

Salina: the sweet and peaceful island


Lying in the Mediterranean, Salina is the second largest island of the Aeolianarchipelago, off the coast of Sicily. Salina’s three municipalities count 200 inhabitants, forming an autonomous administrative center.

The view from the deck is so striking that you will congratulate yourself for chartering a yacht to visit Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. Crystal-clear waters, sun-drenched beaches, a leisurely atmosphere, and exciting attractions are the stuff of the dream you live on Salina. Moor in the port of Santa Marina, or alternatively, Rinella (Leni) and unwind in the slow and peaceful atmosphere of the island. The ports afford advanced berthing facilities for a relaxing break from your luxury cruise in the spending waters of Sicily.

Salina’s three lovely municipalities of Leni, Malfa, and Santa Maria Salina rest on volcanic soils that yield renowned delicacies, such as capers and the excellent Malvasia wine. The area is also a base to depart on marine excursions.

The balmy weather, good food, and strategic position in the heart of the Mediterranean have turned Salina into a stop-off for the yachting crowd. Its clean beaches, facilities for disabled tourists, and colorful seabed earned the island full Cinque Vele status. Salina is also the perfect destination for enthusiasts of diving, snorkeling, and other water sports that are widely practiced in the area.

Salina’s Baia Pollara, sitting inside an old volcanic crater, is one the finest beaches of the Aeolian archipelago. Here director Michael Radford shot “Il Postino”, a masterpiece work of Italian cinematographic starring the beloved Massimo Troisi. But the island has been the backdrop of several other films, including Volcano, and Nanni Moretti’s Caro Diario, another cult of the national cinematography.

Spiaggia dello Scario in the municipality of Malfa is a shingle beach affording easy access to incredibly turquoise waters. Rinella houses a crescent strand of black sand, where yachters dive, snorkel and explore the characteristic volcanic activity of sconcassi that takes place inside the grottos. Spiaggia Santa Marina is instead a rocky strip of land, boasting polished bluffs and pristine sea.

Tourists encircle the island on chartered yachts, discovering the rocky coves and volcanic formations sprinkled along its coast. Sail north to the outcrops of Scoglio Cacato, Capo Faro and Punta Perciato. If you manage to peal yourself off the towel, have a walk through the island’s tiny white houses and quaint marinas, or tiptoe away from the crowd on one of the many footpaths of the “green isle”, a denomination Salina shares with the biggest and more crowded Ischia.

The wild and unspoilt Salina is one of the favorite stops of tourists who visit Sicily and the Aeolian Islands on a luxury yacht charter. Its dreamlike atmosphere makes for enchanting hours in the sun; strongly recommended for your holiday in the Mediterranean!


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