Salina is the second largest of the seven islands of the archipelago the Aeolian islands
World Heritage) and lies 30 kms off the coast of Messina. The islands can be reached by hydrofoil in about an hour, from Milazzo
(Messina) but can also be reached from Naples, Palermo and Cefalù. Salina is the only Aeolian island to enjoy natural freshwater springs, and it's these, combined with the volcanic soil, that makes it so fertile. The island includes three municipalities: Leni
and Santa Marina di Salina
and there is quite a good bus service with timetables posted at the ports or bus stops. Otherwise, to get around its winding roads you can rent a car, scooter or a motor bike. Salina is shaped by two extinct volcanoes, which rise in the centre of the island, forming a natural barrier between the main settlements and ensuring that the sleepy villages retain their own individual atmosphere. The Aeolians' famous Malvasia is produced here and its fat juicy capers flavour many local dishes. The island is ringed with beaches, but the most beautiful is undoubtedly “Pollara,” where “Il Postino” was filmed (a film about the life of Chilean writer Pablo Neruda). Boat companies serving the island are: Alilauro
and Ustica Lines
. We recommend a day trip by hydrofoil to see the other islands of the archipelago. The Punta Scario Beach
(pebble beach) is just 5 minutes from the property and can be reached by bike, scooter or car.