The walks are along well trodden, uneven trails, footpaths, mule tracks and some asphalt roads.
Start: Lipari Finish: Taormina
Arrive in Catania Airport. Here you take a bus or a train to Milazzo or Messina where you board the hydrofoil boat to Lipari where you stay for 4 nights.
It is also possible to pre-book a private transfer from Catania airport to Milazzo/Messina. Lipari is the liveliest centre of the Eolian islands: you can visit the old fortress, stroll around the fish market or enjoy some good music in a bistro of Marina Vecchia.
For the next days you have a selection of walks and excursions you can do. You are free to choose which ones to do and in which order. 3 walks are on Lipari Island while the other two are on Vulcano and Salina islands
WALK A-The island of Lipari - the southern tip and Monte Guardia, 11 km
This varied walk on the south point of Lipari, with views on the Island of Vulcano, starts and ends at the Port. In the first part you walk to an astronomical observatory, overlooking Vulcano and the rugged cliffs called “faraglioni”. In the second part you descend to the old town centre of Lipari, with its historical and artistic beauties.
WALK B-The Island of Lipari - from Acquacalda to Canneto, 5,5 km
From Lipari you will reach the Acquacalda beach, on the northern shore of the island, with a short bus ride. You can stop there for a bath before starting your walk on a steep path winding on the side of a big pumice cave, almost touching Mount Pilato, admiring the wonderful view on the archipelago.
You will then descend towards the Canneto beach, from where you can take a bus back to Lipari.
WALK C- The Island of Lipari - from Lipari to Quattropani, 13.5 km
From Lipari take the local bus to Quattropani, the starting point of this walk along the western coast of the island, the wildest part of Lipari and a real plunge into wilderness! After some magnificent land and sea views you reach the San Calogero thermal baths, thought to be the oldest spa in the Mediterranean, dating back to the Mycenaean period. You then walk back to Lipari, through villages and fumaroles.
WALK D- Vulcano Island: Round walk to the Gran Cratere, 5.7 km
Vulcano is a small and spectacular island. Here you walk up through an almost lunar landscape to the “Gran Cratere” the great crater, yellowish from the sulfurous smoke constantly emitted. From the top you have exceptional 360° views of the island and the volcanic archipelago. The descent along green slopes offers amazing contrasts of colors with the blue sea and the dark grey rocks. You return to Lipari with the afternoon boat.
WALK F - Salina Island, 7.6 km
Salina is an island with a magical, out-of-time atmosphere a short hydrofoil ride from Lipari. Take the bus to Semaforo of Pollara where the walk along the western coast of Salina starts. It is a demanding climb through steep ups and downs, but your efforts are rewarded with amazing views on the Filicudi and Alicudi islands The walk ends in Rinella, where you can take a bus back to the main port of Salina. Pollara is the village where the film “The Postman” was filmed.
Today you transfer to Stromboli, at the port your luggage will be taken to the hotel while you stroll through the narrow whitewashed streets to the hotel. The walk on Stromboli is a very spectacular experience as this volcano is constantly erupting. The circular walk to 272 m. a.s.l from where you can see the lava flow field called the “Sciara di Fuoco”: this option is open to everyone, and is normally always accessible.
Challenge: 8.3 km, 325 m ascent, 325 m descent
Today you go from Stromboli to Milazzo by hydrofoil and then take the train or bus to Taormina.
You have the whole afternoon to explore on your own this beautiful and lively city. Visiting the Cathedral and the ancient Greek Theatre, built in the 3° century B.C. and wonderfully preserved. Quench your thirst with a frozen “granita”, a local specialty made up of shaved ice and syrup accompanied by a delicious brioche.
After breakfast you are transferred to Piano Provenzano, where an easy guided walking trip takes you up the big giant, the majestic Mount Etna. You will walk through lush vegetation, on old and new lava flows and enter a lava flow cave carved into the mountain. Included lunch is in a local winery serving locally sourced produces. The afternoon continues with a visit to unique Alcantara Gorge with it’s strange rock shapes formed as the ancient lava flow entered the freezing cold river. You return to Taormina around 6.30pm where you can enjoy a last evening in town.
NOTE: The excursion to the Etna mountain is quite easy, it includes also the lunch; pick-up from the hotel in Taormina is at 9.00 am
During the course of the day a taxi will take you to Giarre train station or the bus station where you can take the train to Catania and the airport for your flight home. The trip ends after breakfast unless you have booked other services.
Hotel Oriente is centrally located in Lipari, 300 meters from harbour of Lipari. Rooms are spacious, bright and quiet with air conditioning, TV, free Wifi and ample panoramic balcony. Breakfast is rich with savoury and sweet dishes.
Hotel Villaggio Stromboli is located on Stromboli Island a few steps from the beach and 400 mettres from the city center. Some rooms overlook the sea and Strombolicchio and are well-furnished, clean and comfortable with satellite TV, ceiling fan, air conditioning, free Wifi. It has a restaurant with terraces overlook the sea.
The Hotel is located in Via Pirandello the most central panoramic road of Taormina, 5 minutes by foot from the city center and the cable car that brings you to Lido Mazzarò, one of the most renowned beach of the city. Rooms are well-finished, welcoming and clean. Breakfast is rich, served on the terrace.
IMPORTANT: When clients arrive in Sicily, they should call Magma Trek to confirm they will do the excursion otherwise they would have unsold places
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.
The best airport to fly into is Catania Fontanarossa (CTA), and you will need to reach Catania before 4.15 p.m.
Arrival in Lipari
From Catania airport (CTA), you can get to Milazzo by direct bus. As an alternative, you can take a train from Catania railway station to either Milazzo or Messina.
From both Milazzo and Messina, you can reach Lipari by hydrofoil. Check times on www.eng.libertylines.it
Departure from Taormina
On departure, you can get from Taormina to either Messina (direct) or Milazzo (change in Messina) by train.
Train timetables available on www.trenitalia.com.
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour: