At the southern tip of the island there are 2 main coves: Cala Zimmari and Cala Junco.
Cala Zimmari is a safe harbor, well sheltered from the winds and the sea coming from the fourth quadrant, therefore ideal for a stop at anchor both day and night. From here it is possible to take a dinghy to the beach, from where you can reach the nearby prehistoric village or the center of the island in about 20 minutes on foot.
Cala Junco is a corner of paradise, nestled between the rocks. We greatly recommend to have a closer look at the seabed inside the cove: if you drop anchor immediately outside, you can venture out with a mask and fins — since it is only possible to enter it by swimming.
In good weather, if you wish to visit the island, you can leave the boat in safety by taking one of the many buoys located along the east coast of the island; The taxi service included in the price of the mooring. It is possible to book them, or pay directly when you are at the buoy field — a dinghy will arrive to ask you if you want to moor.
Panarea is framed by the nearby Islets of Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Bottaro, Spinazzola and the rocks of Lisca Bianca, Lisca Nera, Panarelli and Formiche: Pay attention to the latter, as they can represent a real danger for navigation, especially if you sails at night — since they are not marked!
Pay attention and approach from the south. We recommend stopping at anchor during the day between Bottaro and Lisca Bianca on a sandy bottom between 5 and 13 meters in depth without crossing the channel between the two islets due to the shallow water. This anchorage is a “must see stop” in the Aeolian Islands — not only for snorkelling, but also for the “solfataras”, bubbles that come from the bottom of the sea, ideal for a natural hydro-massage.
Another point of extraordinary beauty among these small islets in front of Panarea is Basiluzzo — the largest of this small archipelago. Here, it is wonderful to get lost between the mix of colors of the seabed and the turquoise water. For a safe anchorage, we recommend stopping in front of the east coast of the islet on a sand and stone bed that ranges from 9 to 14 meters in depth.
We recommend visiting the prehistoric village between Cala Junco and Cala Zimmari — trekking along the path that starts from Cala Zimmari and goes around the island.
For a sea-food dinner, we recommends the “Cusiritati” and “Da Pina” restaurants, and the “Il Macellaio” restaurant for a meat-based dinner or a delicious pizza.
For an elegant and suggestive aperitif, we recommend the local “Raya” bar with a panoramic terrace overlooking the bay of Panarea and Stromboli.