Take the ferry to Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian islands, and enjoy a wonderful and comfortable sea journey under the sun of the unique Tyrrhenian Sea!
Isola di Panarea, is a volcanic island in the north of Sicily in southern Italy. Although during the winter there are very few residents, during the summer season the island is rapidly overwhelmed by tourists from all over the world. Ιn recent years this attractive place has become internationally known for its celebrity and billionaire visitors.
The island of Panarea, inhabited from the prehistoric times, was an ideal place, due to its geographical and defensive position, for the commercial sea routes in the Mediterranean during the ancient years, as evidenced by the findings of the Mycenaean period. The development of the island started when the Normans arrived, between 1340 to 1544, but when the Arabs attacked the area in 1500 and the raids began, Panarea remained nearly inhabited. Later on, during the 17th century, the residents of the neighboring Lipari moved there and the growth started again. Nowadays it has become an ideal place for relaxing, having fun in a real vacation place.
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Panarea ferry routes
The Aeolian Islands, Sicily and the Italian mainland are connected to Panarea with frequent ferry routes during high season and rarely in winter period. Regular ferries and hydrofoils serve daily visitors and offer an island hopping option.
Below there is list of the sailings available:
- Lipari to Panarea, a frequent boat trip with a duration between 25 min and 1 hour depending on the stopovers
- Rinella to Panarea, a daily trip of 2 hours with a change of boat and a waiting time of 1 hour
- Ginostra to Panarea, a direct route of 25 min sailing
- Santa Maria Salina to Panarea, a voyage of 1h 45min with 1 change and 1 hour waiting time
- Vulcano to Panarea, a 40 min trip with an intermediate stop to Lipari
- Stromboli to Panarea, a 40 min sailing time with a stopover to Ginostra
- Messina to Panarea a seasonal route during the summer months
- Milazzo to Panarea, a frequent daily trip that lasts from 1h 30min to 2h 30min depending on the intermediate stops
- Reggio Calabria to Panarea with a ferry trip of 3h 30min
The tiny Panarea port is situated in San Pietro, the main settlement on the eastern coast of the island. It also contains a little wharf for yachts and smaller fishing boats. Everything you might need, such as grocery stores, eating places and cafeterias are around the port and can be reached on foot.
Note that, there are no public transportation services or taxis in Panarea.
There are other ways though that can be fun, such as scooters and bicycles. Moreover, golf carts used as taxis can transfer you from the port to your hotel and vice versa. Please, ask your landlord for further information about the service.
Highlights in Panarea
San Pietro church, dedicated to the patron saint of Panarea, built during the 19th century
Panarea Museum, which belongs to San Pietro church, is a small museum with two halls with findings from the Neolithic and the Bronze periods where visitors can learn about the historical and geological development of the island. Some amphora, vases and finds from the shipwrecks are also exhibited in the museum.
Worth visiting is the Spinazzola Rock, La nave rock and the Llanishen shipwreck, an English merchant ship that sank in the 1900’s after hitting the rocks of Lisca Nera. The wreck lies at a depth of about 30-40 meters in navigation position, so that it is easily visible in its entirety before the dive. The wreckage is inhabited by groupers, bream, moray eels, damselfish and starfish.
Panarea is an island which is very suitable for those who adore diving who can rely on the local diving centers to find very interesting dives. San Pietro is the main port where the ferries dock and is the center of all the activities and tourism.
Lastly, the group of small islands and rocks (Basiluzzo, Bottaro, Dattilo, Lisca Bianca, Lisca Nera) surrounding Panarea has a special charm and an exploration will repay you!
Best Hotels Panarea(h2)
Below you can find some suggestions for Panarea accommodation:
Panarea villas are also available for rent.
Cincotta hotel Panarea
Hotel Raya Panarea
Hotel Oasi Panarea