Stromboli is undoubtedly the most surprising of the islands of the archipelago — an active volcano, pouring incandescent lava flows every 15 minutes, which especially at nightfall leave you with strong impressions of impending eruption. The navigation from Panarea to Stromboli is undoubtedly fascinating and unique in every moment of these 10 miles that separate the two islands.
The main town is located on the north-east side of the island. Here it is possible to anchor on a mixed bottom of sand and stones between 5 and 12 meters in depth, otherwise it is safer — given the sloping cone-shape of the island — to moor at one of the many buoys (Marina del Gabbiano) in front of the beach of Punta Lena.
The island’s most popular activity is undoubtedly trekking on the volcano with an expert guide through a path that leads to the observation point of the magma emerging from the crater.
For lovers of granita and arancini, we recommend stopping at the Ingrid Bar — seeked for its exquisite specialties as well as for the beautiful view of the bay and the Strombolicchio islet.
On the west side of Stromboli it is possible to admire the rocky wall formed by the magma flows over the years. For the more experienced, we recommend a sunset sail, enchanted by the explosions of fire and lava flows that slowly roll down to the sea. However, it is important to follow the local rules on how much distance is to be kept from the coast on this side of the island.