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Panarea is the smallest of the Aeolian Islands and an upscale tourist destination. Some islets surround it: Dattilo, Spinazzola, Basiluzzo, where remains of a Roman buildings still stand.
More About Panarea
The western coast is characterized by high cliffs plunging into the sea, while the island's eastern side gently slopes down to the sea. The three villages of Ditella, San Pietro and Drautto can be found on this side, sitting in vast groves of olive and Mediterranean maquis.
Typical Aeolian houses decorate San Pietro, Panarea's most lively center, spread around a small port, where a hot water spring with beneficial therapeutic properties is at your service.
Beautiful Caldara beach, near Ditella, also features hot springs and fumaroles. Nestled along the southern coast, Cala Junco is among the Aeolian Islands' most attractive bays.
From the village, a trail leads up to Timpone del Corvo (421m), the island's highest point.
Remains of a prehistoric village on the sickle shaped promontory of Capo Milazzo confirms the inhabitance of Panarea since the Bronze Age.
Panarea can also be discovered from the sea, by boat or raft, the easiest way to reach the uninhabited islets surrounding islands, which offer perfect diving spots for enthusiasts. Most popular dives spots happen around Basiluzzo, near the remains of a Roman building with mosaics, Petra Nave rock and the ship wreck lying between the offshore rocks of Lisca Bianca and Bottaro.