Salina is the second largest island of the Aeolian archipelago, after Lipari, with an area of about 27 square kilometers; It is also the greenest of the islands, thanks to the presence of a rich vegetation of ferns, poplars, oaks, vineyards and capers. Its highest peak reaches about 950 meters above the sea level. In Salina it is worth spending a day to enjoy the slow pace of life on the island, take an excursion to Monte delle Felci or rent a scooter to visit its interior.
Santa Marina Salina is the main port of the island, with 2 ports: One commercial and one touristic. In the commercial port it is possible to re-fuel and refill water-tanks, while in the tourist port further south (Porto delle Aeolie) is dedicated for mooring yachts and providing them with all the essential services. If you do not want to enter the port, it is possible to anchor safely immediately outside the port and then reach the island with a dinghy.
Lingua is a village on the extreme southeastern tip of the island, where it is possible to anchor in the depth of 5 to 12 meters for a day or night stop. Whilst there, you may visit the lake — beautiful in the colors of the sunset — built by the Romans to obtain the salt used to preserve capers and fish. After that, you could try the delicious Pane Cunzato and a granita of the “Ristorante da Alfredo” before returning to the boat.
The Bay of Pollara — becoming famous with the film “Il Postino” — is a secret treasure of the island and one of the most beautiful spots in the archipelago. Its rocky wall and its ancient fishermen’s houses, now converted into fishing deposits reachable by steep stairs, impress with its history; An almost surreal scenario, in which time seems to have stopped.
Anchoring in this corner of the Aeolian Islands is a “must see stop” if the sea and wind conditions allow it. Enter the bay coming from the NW, keeping between “Punta Perciato” and the “Scoglio Faraglione” to anchor on a sand and stone seabed ranging from 5 to 10 meters in depth. Be careful not to pass between the throne and the coast due to the presence of large boulders almost on the water level!