Sicily’s Magnificent Islands

With 105 to choose from, there is no shortage of islands surrounding Sicily. However, only 18 have a population. Either way, there are plenty of destinations to choose from when thinking about visiting this group. Sicily is known for its crystal clear seas and natural wonders. The large island itself consists of 1000km of coastline! These islands are just a bonus in this paradise. Here, we have gathered a small list of some of the best of the 18!

Ustica

Close to Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, lies Ustica. The majority of this island’s land is part of a natural reserve so just imagine the beauty that awaits there. The ancient summit of a 100,000-year-old inactive volcano is the base of the small island, leaving the terrain rocky and with a stunning view along the whole perimeter of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is a great island for snorkeling!

Ustica, Sicily, Italy
Ustica, Sicily, Italy *

Egadi Islands

Starting at Favignana, the largest of these three islands, is home to a gorgeous inactive volcano – Tonnara. It’s the main attraction and you sure don’t want to miss it so you should probably head to this island first. Access to the sea at Bue Marino or Cala Rossa are great spots for swimming on the eastern part of the island. In the northern area, you will want to visit the tuff quarries. The smallest island, Levanzo, is the perfect place for rocky and sandy beaches. Visit the Grotta del Genovese and the sea coves. Marrettimo is where you will spend the most time during a trip to the Egadi Islands. There are many caves in the sea, well worth seeing by boat! If you’re more into land excursions, you can hike up to the Castle of Punta Troja. This island is definitely the wildest, yet most well-kept. This set allows for incredible snorkeling, swimming, and hiking/landscapes. Whatever you want to do, there’s something for you here. These three islands are off Sicily’s western coast, near Trapani. They are one of the most beautiful archipelagoes in the Mediterranean.

Marettimo
Marettimo, Sicily, Italy *

Pantelleria

This is the largest of all the islands of Sicily. When traveling here, you are sure to be amazed by the mortuary temples and the Parco Archeologico dei Sesi, all on the northwest area. This island is famous for very cubic architecture and also its dammusi, small stone structures that are used to rent for spending the night. It’s a must have on the bucket list. The coasts are mainly very rocky here due to the island being built by volcanic activity. This island has its own airport also, so it’s fairly convenient to get to!

Specchio di Venere, Pantelleria, Sicily
Specchio di Venere, Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy *

Pelagie Islands

Close to Africa, is the group of small islands known as Pelagie. Lempedusa is the main island of the group and also the largest. It has it’s own airport so getting there is easy. It’s well-equipped with amazing beaches. Visit Isola dei Conigli, Cala Croce, or Guitgia to experience the most magnificent coast. Close to Lampedusa is an islands called Lampione. It’s uninhabited – talk about a quiet vacation! However, if you want slightly more people and options without much more noise, check out Linosa. This island has around only 100 people living there and is best recognized for its fresh fig trees and beaches of deep, dark colors.

Rabbit isle (Isola dei Conigli) Lampedusa Sicily
Rabbit isle (Isola dei Conigli) Lampedusa Sicily *

Aeolian Islands

This group of islands is one of the most well-known. On the north coast of Sicily, to the east of Palermo and Ustica, are the Aeolian Islands. Here you can find the most interesting features related to volcanoes. The islands of Stromboli and Vulcano are equipped with active volcanic activity. The 7 main islands that make up the set have all been born of various volcanic activity also, with a selection of additional smaller islands. The largest of these islands is Lipari, full of picturesque trekking journeys and beaches. Check out the beach of Valle Muria while there, not only for the beach itself but for the path to get there also! This large mass was formed by 12 volcanoes. From Lipari, there are many ferries until the late hours that will take you to Panarea. This island has the best nightlife of the group. If you’d rather have a more quiet atomsphere, Salina is the one to visit. Tranquil waters and rocky coastal beaches are characteristic of here. The name Salina comes from ancient salt found on the south area of the island. The most wild in vegetation and landscape are Filicudi and Alicudi. These are the farthest from the Sicilian coast.

Isole Eolie, Sicily, Italy
Isole Eolie, Sicily, Italy *

With only two islands equipped with an airport connecting them with mainland Italy, plan to travel a lot by boat. It’s well-worth island hopping off the coast of Sicily from the rocky and sandy beaches to unique hiking paths, from crowded vacation spots to secluded, uninhabited lands, there’s nothing you are searching for that you won’t find in one of these islands.

Map of Sicily isles
Map of Sicily isles

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