The southernmost island of the Aeolian archipelago, and the closest one to Sicily. Although the last eruption dates back to 1890, the crater has never ceased its volcanic activity, giving rise to continuous jets of steam and fumaroles on the volcano’s summit. The island is also famous for the presence of sulphurous mud with appreciated therapeutic properties.
A strip of land separates the Vulcanello peninsula from the main island, giving life to the bays of Porto Levante and Porto Ponente from where it is possible to reach the village.
Famous for its warm water right next to the beach, it is the main bay from where you can easily reach the village. It is a bay affected by a fair amount of maritime traffic, as there is the only commercial port on the island. It is advisable to pay attention, giving priority to the various scheduled ferries. Upon entering the bay, it is possible to anchor in front of the beach, north of the port on a seabed of sand and mud ranging from 5 to 11 meters, safe even if you want to spend the night. In this bay buoys are available or you can moor at the “Marina di Vulcanello” pier (located north of the bay) or at the “Baia di Levante” pier (south of the bay), inside the commercial port. In high season it is preferable to book the buoy or mooring in advance.
A fantastic bay to admire one of the most beautiful sunsets of the Aeolian Islands from the boat or from one of the Lounge bars on the black sand beach.
Pay attention when entering the bay due to the presence of rocks on both the right and left, so keep well in the center and anchor in a depth ranging from 5 to 14 meters. The seabed is good, therefore also ideal for spending the night, but watch out for wind forecasts, since the bay is exposed to the winds prevailing in the Aeolian Islands.
On the west coast of the island it is possible to admire the Grotta del Cavallo inside a rocky cove similar to an amphitheater of rare beauty. It is called the Horse Cave as a boulder at the end of the cave seems to resemble a horse’s head; Just adjacent to the entrance to the large rocky vault we find the Pool of Venus, inside which you will feel “embraced” by the tuff and basalt rocks. Arm yourself with masks and fins because snorkeling in this corner of paradise is super recommended.
As for anchoring, preferably only during the day, I recommend dropping anchor in the bay immediately to the south, circumnavigating the “Pietra Quaglietta” rock externally. The bay has a sandy bottom in the center with the presence of large boulders near the cliff. From here, you can reach the Grotto and the Venus Pool by dinghy.
There are two beautiful bays on the extreme southern tip of the island of Vulcano: Mulberry Bay and Cannitello Beach Bay, also with black sand, where it is possible to anchor safely in a depth between 5 and 12 meters. In the Bay of Gelso, the western-most bay, there is a small pier that can be used as a landing place for small boats or dinghies; Here it’s possible to have lunch at the Famous Ristorante da Pina (better to book). In the bay of Cannitello beach, during the summer, a bar is open for a happy hour or aperitif on the beach.
In favorable weather conditions it is possible to stay in the harbor even for the night and enjoy the fantastic colors of the sunset and with good visibility — even of the majestic Etna in Sicily.
Recommended for trekking lovers is a free excursion to the crater — about 1 hour to reach the top.
To enjoy an excellent Sicilian granita, we recommend the “Ritrovo Remigio” in front of the commercial port. But if you’d wish instead to enjoy the typical Aeolian cuisine, the “Ristorante La Bottega” in the center is where to go.