PANAREA - An Aiolian Jewel - Trip Report 

PANAREA - This is an island in the Aiolian Island chain just north of Sicily, where jet setters go to get away from jet setters.  No cars are permitted on the island, but there are carts to carry you around when needed. We visited in September - the ideal time because the crowds have dwindled, but the weather is still perfect.  The little town is utterly charming and filled with lovely lanes, cute boutiques, and very nice little restaurants with a variety of cuisines. 

Hotel Raya.  We stayed at the lovely Hotel Raya. We had a fantastic view from our deck of the famous volcano on the nearby island of Stromboli. The multiple pools (hot, cold, mineral) were luxurious. The hotel has fine shops including a boutique with chic but casual men's and women's clothes designed by the owner.

Hotel Restaurants.  The hotel's restaurant with its deck overlooking the water provided great dining and views at night or by day, and even the alfresco breakfast on the upper terrace was a delightful experience.

Island boat trip.  On a beautiful day we took a small boat around the island.  There are amazing rock formations, many small islets jutting up, little coves, and lots of glorious sun to soak up.

Hiking.  Panarea presents many wonderful walks, hikes and climbs, including one to the island mountaintop. There are ancient ruins, lovely coves and beaches.

Trip-end getaway.  For a bit of R&R at the end of your European trip, you cannot find a better spot than lovely, hip, Panarea.  It is easy to get to by catching one of the short boat rides from Sicily - leaving several times a day.  Once there you will experience luxury in a very casual natural setting - far from grand hotels, boulevards, crowds and noise but with finest cuisine and accommodations.  A true haven.

That’s our report on our visit to Panarea.  You may also like to see other reports on Italian destinations such as our Sicily report, our Amalfi Coast report and our Capri report.  Also take a look at the Northern Italy report - covering Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence and Bellagio/Lake Como.  And check out our Naples and Pompei report.

You may also be interested in seeing our reports on other island destinations. Check out our Kefalonia report, our Paros report, our Bali report and our report on The Maldives.  And take a look at the Sea Dream Caribbean Cruise report,  the Star Clipper Thai Island Cruise report and our Windstar Aegean Islands Cruise report.

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