Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
- Ferry hopping between the Aeolian islands of Sicily
- Trekking on Etna, Europe`s highest active volcano
- Mediterranean holiday with family-run hotels and great food
- Black lava, blue sea and red wine
- Enjoy a picnic dinner high on the slopes of fiery Stromboli
An explosive walking holiday in Sicily's Aeolian Islands featuring the volcanoes of Etna and Stromboli. Lying off the coast of north-east Sicily, the rocky Aeolian Islands are fringed with black sand beaches and decorated by scattered white-washed houses. Using ferry transport we travel between these islands; starting out on Vulcano, where we ascend to the crater rim. Spending 2 nights on Lipari, we then take the hydrofoil to Salina and climb to its high point at Fossa delle Felci (960m). Next, we turn our attention towards fiery Stromboli which should provide an unforgettable highlight of the trip - volcanic activity permitting. Returning to Sicily, we visit the beautiful medieval town of Taormina and also spend a day on Etna (3350m), exploring from our hotel on the south side of the mountain, amongst lava flows, cinder cones and extinct craters, with a wonderful panorama of the southern coast of Sicily. If you are looking for an exciting Mediterranean walking holiday, this is one to consider.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a real Mediterranean hiking holiday, with a reasonable amount of walking on most days. We average between 3 and 6 hours walking each day, with between 400 and 900 metres of ascent. Most of the time, the underfoot conditions are good, following tracks and trails and some sections of maintained pathway. However, on some parts of our day-hikes, we can also expect to encounter open scree and to cross rocky terrain with no discernable track. The excursion on Stromboli and the exploration on the upper slopes of Mount Etna are the most demanding of the day-hikes. Participants will carry just a small day-sack during the walking. This walking holiday is suitable for regular hikers looking for a holiday with a difference.