Alicudi, Sicily

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Just over 100 people live on Alicudi, the furthest east and the second smallest island of the Aeolian archipelago. Only recently discovered by tourism, its links with its ancient traditions and the fishing lifestyle are still strong.

Small and arid, at first sight it seems inhospitable. This is Alicudi, a bleak and rocky island without a natural port or safe access. Difficult to get to and thus even more fascinating, it is more unspoilt and simple than the other islands of the archipelago.

Until recent times the islands occupants were mainly farmers and fishermen called Arcudari famous for their great size and strength. Alicudi is still somehow an uninhabited land at least in the inland areas.

The footpaths which criss cross it have fallen into disuse and are now unsafe. You will need a guide to use them. But the mule tracks to the summit of Piano Filo dell’Arpa across the fertile terraces and low but luxuriant vegetation of the island enchant with their unique beauty.

Alicudi Porto

A few houses, two grocers shops, a post office. No bank, no services. Alicudi Porto is a place where time has stood still, a simple fishing village with a few tiny hamlets of 4 or 5 houses and small farms on the characteristic high terraces which climb up the hillside. It is a tranquil, traditional place to enjoy the complete peace and great hospitality of a genuine, deeply rooted people.

Beaches and sea

A few beaches are hidden amongst the tiny granite coves of the island mainly in the south east near the hamlet of Bazzina. Silent, undiscovered, with only a few sports fans and divers enjoying the low waters and the wealth of marine flora and fauna of these otherwise undisturbed waters, the only beach you can get to on foot is the tiny beach of Alicudi Porto in front of the small village.

A trip around the island by boat is a beautiful experience. You can hire a fishing boat and visit the inhospitable but magnificent rocky western side of the island with cliffs plunging directly into the sea with its intense deep blue sea, volcanic rocks and lava columns called fili.