The island of Panarea is the smallest but one among the group of volcanic islands known as the Aeolian islands, situated off the north-western coast of Sicily.
Panarea is very popular with visitors exploring the islands, having a good selection of beaches and facilities, and some very attractive scenery - although note that quite a few of the beaches are hard to access or can only be reached by boat.
Most facilities on the island are focussed around the town of San pietro on the eastern coast, which is also the arrival point for boats travelling between the islands.
Beaches of Panarea: As mentioned above, certain beaches are quite inaccessible. The two beaches that can be reached by land on Panarea are those at Cala Junco (towards the south, accessible by sea and also by land by following the footpath to Drauto and the beach at Cala degli Zimmari, situated along the road to Cala Junco. The scenery at the cove at Cala Junco is exceptional, with beautiful turquoise waters.
Panarea islets: A tour of the islets off the coast of panarea is also recommended. the three main islets are: Lisca Bianca, named for the whiteness of the rock, and with a cave where it is said that if you kiss your loved one you will be together for always; Basiluzzo, dome-shaped and with cliffs overlooking the sea (3km from Panarea) - follow the path from the Punta Levante that climbs to give great views across Panarea and Stromboli; and Spinazzola, best known and most unusual for the presence of rare dwarf palms.
Panarea is also the site of an important Bronze Age settlement, in a secluded bay surrounded by cliffs called Cala Junco, at Capo Milazzese near Drauto. The settlement included 23 huts, almost all with an oval shape, soma also including a paving slab and other slabs of stone used as tables etc. Further archaeological investigations off the coast have found the remains of three shipwrecked roman ships - visit the Museum at Lipari to see the historical artifacts discovered.
Another suggested trip is to the beach at Calcara, known for its geysers and hot spring.