Aeolian Safari

A five-day hike around the Aeolian Island of Salina in Sicily, climbing both its twin volcanic peaks, traversing Malvasia vineyards and exotic sea-and-landscapes, and ending each walk with a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Group departure: 17-22 May 2019. €1,295 per person.

Itinerary

Day 1/ Arrival in Salina - Fri 17 May

Arrival in Rinella on Salina island. Dinner at a local trattoria. Overnight in Rinella at Hotel L’Ariana.

Day 2/ Rinella to Pollara - Sat 18 May

From the town of Leni we follow a footpath climbing to Pizzo Corvo, with stunning vistas. We then descend through an ancient volcanic caldera to the hamlet of Pollara and its impressive bay. Dinner and overnight in Pollara at Hotel Locanda Del Postino.

Day 3/ Pollara to Malfa - Sun 19 May

Our ascent of the northern flank of Monte dei Porri (weather permitting) takes us to the summit at 860m above sea level, with wide-ranging views of the archipelago and the Sicilian mainland. We descend steeply via a volcanic footpath down the eastern flank to Valdichiesa and Malfa, where we stay for two nights at the Hotel Signum.

Day 4/ Full day in Malfa - Mon 20 May

Full day at leisure to enjoy the comforts of the Hotel Signum and its top-notch Spa, explore Malfa town independently, or relax on the beach.

Day 5/ Malfa to Santa Marina - Tue 21 May

From Malfa we climb the wooded northern face of Monte Fossa delle Felci (weather permitting), the highest point in the Aeolian Islands (960m above sea level). The afternoon's walk descends to the town of Santa Marina.

Day 6/ Departure - Wed 22 May

Optional morning excursion to the town of Lingua. Departure and onward travel.