It's a place that W Magazine once called "the epicenter of the chicest summer scene in the Mediterranean." Among celebrities, VIPs, and the rich, famous, and glamorous, the Italian isle of Panarea is an exclusive and picturesque escape in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea. To mere mortals, it is very much the same - an isolated respite for romance, tranquility, and the simple pleasures of diving, dining, and strolling through whitewashed villages. But no matter your background, you'll feel relaxed and at ease at one of our Panarea vacation rentals - because even jet-setters need a place to get away from it all.
Where is Panarea?
As one of the smallest and most secluded islands in the Aeolian archipelago, Panarea sits directly north of Sicily's volcanic landscapes
in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea. The island is small, walkable, and serviced by ferries and hydrofoils that depart from the Sicilian city of Milazzo throughout the year, and from Naples on the mainland in the peak of summer.
Things to Do on Panarea
You'll quickly discover that the allure of Panarea is its lifestyle of leisure, in which swimming, scuba diving, yachting, and dining are the main activities of the day. In fact, the island is completely free of car traffic, as residents and summer vacationers opt for golf carts and scooters instead.
Find your bearings as you step off the ferry in San Pietro, a whitewashed port village known for its narrow streets, flower-draped buildings, and elegant yachts that fill the harbor. Take your pick of the town's fantastic restaurants, which include Hycesia and its impeccable seafood dishes, and the authentic Japanese flavors of Bridge Sushi Bar. Retreat each evening to the terrace at Bar del Porto, where you can taste wine, sip cocktails, and stargaze across the night sky.
With the island largely shuttered between November and early April, the shoulder seasons of May, June, and September are the perfect time to take boating excursions, scuba dive, and avoid the party scene that takes over in July and August. Follow the island's network of mule trails to reach the summit of Punta del Corvo, or head south from San Pietro to swim on the sandy shores of Caletta dei Zimmari or in the gorgeous rocky cove of Cala Junco. Atop a nearby headland, you'll even find an archaeological site with more than 20 stone hut circles that date all the way back to the Bronze Age.
Day Trips from Panarea
With the entire Aeolian Island chain designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll find no shortage of breathtaking day trips from our Panarea vacation rentals.
Book a trip on a charter boat to explore the neighboring islands of Lipari
, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, and Basiluzzo, or save a bit of cash by hopping on a ferry instead. The island of Stromboli is actually one of Italy
's three active volcanoes, and one that has been erupting almost continuously since 1932. Its spectacular fiery displays are highly visible at night, contributing to the island's nickname as the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean."
Get off the grid and experience the true "dolce far niente" - book your stay in one of our unforgettable Panarea vacation rentals today!
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