Panarea

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

Panarea is the smallest island of the archipelago in terms of size, but is probably the one with the most charm due to its natural beauty. Panarea is not only an island, but also a collection of many small isles and rocks with fantastic shapes and colours.


From a geological point of view, Panarea is the oldest in the archipelago, with products dating back over 330,000 years. Its volcanic structure has partially collapsed into the sea in the western and northern parts, resulting in uninhabitable steep slopes on the remaining part of the island. The eastern and southern parts of the island are flat. The height of what remains of the volcanic cone is 421 metres. The volcanic cone has remains of side craters formed over time.
The rocky spurs of Spinazzola, Basiluzzo, Panarelli, Dattilo, Lisca Bianca, Bottaro, Lisca Nera and Formiconi are wonderful. But do not be fooled by the island’s small size. Underwater Panarea is actually much more extensive. The current forms are the result of many caldera sinkings and explosions during the last stages of its eruption activity.
The town of Panarea is very small and consists of a series of well-tended and flowered alleys that connect the various parts of the town and the beaches. In antiquity, there were several names for Panarea: Euonymos (which is on the left, from Lipari towards Sicily) and Hycesia (the supplicant). Then Panaraion (the destroyed) appeared, following by Pagnaria (the cursed), Panaria, and finally Panarea.

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The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

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The salt lake of Lingua

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Panarea and its history

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The pure white of the pumice quarries

The stacks of Panarea

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The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

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The 2002-03 eruption

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The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

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The senses tell The summit craters

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The summit craters

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Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

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The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano