ALICUDI of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily is one of the fascinating gems of the Eolie archipelago. It offers a one of a kind “extreme” vacation. The group of small islands is part of the Sicilian region and a boat away from mainland Sicily.
Travel Guide – Alicudi of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily
Offering its unassuming charm where time seems to have stopped is the Alicudi island of the Aeolians. The small island is a favourite hideaway for anyone who wants to escape the noise of the modern world and embrace the tranquillity of nature. There are no roads for cars or fancy places to hang out but the serenity of the sea and simplicity of the village are enough to charm your desire for peace and truly relaxing vacation. As what many described it, it is lovely, wild and solitary.
You can reach Alicudi by hydrofoil or boat from the larger islands of Lipari and Salina or from mainland Sicily directly through the port of Milazzo. The island is car-free so you can around by walking and hiking its trails.
- Alicudi Nature Reserve. Large parts of the island are uninhabited, ideal for those who love calmness and isolation.
- Spiaggia di Alicudi Porto is a small pebble beach near the port, marked with crystal clear water and stones of different sizes.
- Spiaggia della Bazzina is also a spectacular pebble beach that can be accessed by boat
- Pianicello boasts scenic views of the sea as well as the islands nearby
- Saint Bart church and Chiesa del Carmine
Things to do in Alicudi
1. Immerse Yourself in Nature
A piece of heaven on Earth where one can enjoy the tranquillity of nature and makes them listen to what life is all about.
2. Admire the sunrise and the sunset
Far from everything yet near to appreciating the littlest but most beautiful things, from the blessing of the sunrise to the lovely goodbye of the sunsets.
3. Exploring the island by foot or with donkeys
No cars or roads to disturb you, only donkeys, lovely companions to explore the steps and hills of Alicudi.
4. Swimming, sunbathing
Since it is also an island, one can freely enjoy activities such as swimming, diving or sunbathing.
You can also hire or take a boat tour around the coastline to get around more and seize the moment.
6. Fishing – from sea to table
Get your foods from the wilderness of its hills and richness of the sea. You may go fishing with the local fishermen and learn the joys of hard work.
Life on this island is very simple. There are no busy streets or night clubs and pubs. People here are content to give each other’s genuine company and welcoming new visitors with home-cooked meals from their locally grown products. Wait for the sunset, enjoy together the island’s unspoiled beauty and appreciate the darkness of night. Hear the sound of the waves, quiet hisses of animals, moving trees and the flow of the wind.
Food and Festivals in Alicudi of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily
Every August 24th, the Feast of Bartholomew is observed in Alicudi every August 24th with mass and procession as well as dance and food parties accompanied by a fireworks display.
In case you want to experience going back to when living is all about living and not worrying a lot of things, visit Alicudi. Let the island take away all your concerns and inspire you to live and breathe again.
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