Are the Aeolian Islands the birthplace of winds? Not exactly, Aeolian Islands are a group of islands
named after Aeolus, the ancient Greek demigod of winds
. According to one of the legends linked to the name Aeolus, he lived on a floating island of Aeolia
and provided hospitality to mythical traveler Odysseus
and his crew. At their parting Aeolus provided them a favorable west wind
to take them home to Ithaca. He also provided a gift of a bag containing all winds but the west
, which Odysseus's crew members unwittingly opened just before they were to reach their home… But that’s another story. Let’s get back to reality
The Aeolian Islands
or Isole Eolie
in Italian language refers to the group of islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea
, north of Sicily. The archipelago consists of islands Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo
. This group of islands is also known as the Lipari Islands
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Stromboli, Aeolian Islands[/caption]
The shape of these islands as we know them is created as the result of volcanic activities
over a period of some 260.000 years. The two still active volcanoes
are at island Stromboli
and, guess what, Vulcano
. The Aeolian Islands nowadays refer to a popular tourist destination where over 200.000 tourists
arrive every year. Their characteristic volcanic landscapes earned them a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage
list in 2000.
However, this Mediterranean archipelago
also refers to a very popular sailing destination since this part of the Mediterranean is lacking the islands. The fact that there are seven of Aeolian Islands makes them perfect for one-week sailing cruise
while 14-days sailing itinerary would include Amalfi Coast and Sicily as well.
at the Aeolian Islands are from west and northwest
while less frequent wind from the southeast
arrives in strong irregular gust, generally followed by storms
that come and go pretty quickly. The currents
between the islands are generally influenced by prevailing winds and can be particularly strong between Alicudi and Filicudi
. The other strong current appears south of island Vulcano, where it runs east or west with the predominant wind.
Sailing the Aeolic Islands is exciting and interesting
due to their specific landscapes while there are lots of hazardous shoals and partially submerged rocks
as well as protected coves. The entire area is famous for crystal-clear turquoise waters
and mild climate
while the atmospheres of the old towns are full of vibrant life going on.
So visit A Yacht Charter Italy
and find out more about the wonderful italian coast, the type of boats available for charter and where to spend your sailing holiday.
I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!