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Salina

Island beloved by dreamers and artists, an oasis of greenery and perfumes in the Aeolian archipelago

Located in the centre of the Aeolian archipelago, the island of Salina is the second largest, some 2,680 km², and has around 2,400 inhabitants. It was formerly known “Didyme” (twin mountains) because it was formed of two volcanic ranges, now extinct. The present name, dating from Roman times, derives from the Lingua pool, once used to extract salt.

Of all seven of the Aeolian sisters, Salina is the one which enjoys good water resources, giving it flourishing plant life, hence its description of Isola Verde, green island. The island has a variety of environments: the coastline, with gentle features and jagged sections; the seabed is even more varied; the wooded areas alternate with cultivated land and there are various areas of natural interest, and other of archaeological importance.

The most exciting way to explore Salina

What to see

The morphology of the island of Salina makes it rich in fascinating places. The roads linking the various inhabited centres run smoothly between valleys and volcanic rocky areas, offering breath-taking views for visitors. The best way to explore the island on land is to hire a scooter or car, while during the summer, a regular bus service provides links between the various parts of the island until late evening.

Of particular beauty are the cliff roads beside the sea, linking Santa Marina, the island's main port, with the rest of the island. This route takes you to the little town of Lingua, for a visit to the pool, a mirror of coastal water, divided from the sea by a gentle rocky strip. Another must-see place is the archaeological site of Portella, a Bronze age village built on a volcanic crest, with exceptional views to admire.

Worth a visit are the little lanes of Malfa town, especially the panoramic climb down to the Scario beach, a natural inlet cut out of the rock, with its smooth pebbles and the crystal waters of the sea. The best-known place on the island is certainly Pollara, a small cluster of houses standing in an ancient volcanic crater. Pollara, where the film Il Postino, by Massimo Troisi, is set, provides some of the most fascinating panoramas in the whole area. Entering the valley separating the two hills, between vineyards and brightly-coloured rocks, brings you to the most important religious site on the island, the shrine of the Madonna del Terzito, in the Valdichiesa region. Another typical place is the town of Rinella, with its small harbour and a beach of fine black sand, overlooked by the caves in the rocks above.

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Salina: an island of emotions

What to do

Salina offers its visitors an all-round experience. Excursions to explore the island by sea can provide unforgettable experiences. Lovers of nature can explore the old bridle paths, through the green landscape, today used by local people to reach the cultivated land. For the most adventurous, there are panoramic paths along which to explore the two beautiful mountains. The island is famous for the beauty of its towns, specialising in wine and good food. In the town centres, the Aeolian architecture is fascinating, and the local shops with artisanal products typical of the region are always worth visiting. The urban centres have various religious buildings to visit, containing some important sacred works of art. One unmissable visit is to the wine cellars in the area, offering tastings of local wines and products. The sunset at Pollara is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Salina is also a place of entertainment. During the summer season, the local bars are places to relax, admire the island views, and listen to live music. Cultural events, open-air cinema, and evening dances under the stars will leave you with lasting memories of the experience.
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Hotel Signum di Clara Rametta - P. IVA 01249160837 - Salina, Via Scalo, 15 - 98050 Malfa (ME)
Tel +39 090 984 42 22 | Email info@hotelsignum.it