Salina Island

Salina Island

Tween-peaked Salina is the greenest of the Aeolian Islands, perfect for who wants to spend a relaxing holiday at one with nature...
 

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Salina dates back to the Greek times. They called it Dydime (double) due to its two (now extinct) volcanoes. Its present name is due to Lingua’s salt pans and is the only island among the Aeolians that features natural springs of water. Originally comprised of six volcanoes of which four have disappeared over time, it derives its present name from the saltworks, now abandoned, at Lingua, a tiny village on the southern coast. Besides its natural beauty, the island is renowned for the production of "Capers" and "Malvasia", a distinctive wine with a very sweet flavor and aroma derived from raisins, vaguely similar to raisin. The world-known Malvasia delle Lipari is a strong, sweet, golden wine made from grapes that have been left to wither on the vine before being picked. Its smooth, aromatic flavour makes it an excellent dessert wine.
A panoramic road offering many views of the jagged coastline links the harbor with the island’s other hamlets. From the main town Santa Maria Salina, the road heads northwards, past Capo Faro, on its way to Malfa. Then, it continues along the coastline above Punta del Perciato, with its natural arch but visible from the sea or from Pollara beach, a little further on, considered the most beautiful beach on the island. The beautiful Pollara beach is accessible by two different paths: one leads to a small anchorage enclosed by its own miniature shoreline of rocks; the other opens out in a wide beach overshadowed by a striking white semicircular cliff-wall, a remnant of the crater. On returning to Malfa, the road forks inland to Valdichiesa, where is the Santuario della Madonna del Terzito, a destination of pilgrims, and Rinella di Leni.