Salina

The senses tell Pollara

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Colours of the sunset pollara

In addition to its natural beauty, Pollara is famous for the backdrop created at sunset.
From the viewpoint just before descending towards the village, the sun can be admired as it sets at the side of the islands of Filicudi and Alicudi.
The horizon will change colour from an intense blue, to a thousand shades of yellow and orange, to slightly green just before the sun disappears below the water.

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The universal smell of the sea

Go down the staircase that leads to the sea below the bay of Pollara. You will arrive at some old fishermen’s huts, which have only been restored in the last ten years.
Try lying down on the cliff or sitting on a dry stone wall: if you have never smelled it before, here is where you will clearly and distinctly smell the sea.

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Broom

If you are lucky to be in Pollara between March and June, you can admire the sight of the broom in bloom. These shrubby plants are thorny and inhospitable at first sight, but have splendid intense yellow flowers.
But try touching the leaves of the broom. You will be amazed at how smooth they can be to the touch. It will seem like your hands can feel the shine emanated by these stems in the spring.

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Savoury that can also be sweet

Pollara is the place in Salina where most capers are grown, thanks to its exposure to the sun and sea breeze.
The caper, however, is not only a garnish to some pasta or fish dishes. Try looking at the local products for the new forms and life taken on by the caper in the last few years: from candied capers and caper jam to caper semifreddo and caper ice cream.
You will taste both the sweet and more typical sour flavour of the caper.
In fact, capers are not naturally salty, this is simply a way of preserving them.

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The falcon and the breeze

Try to reach the southern part of the village of Pollara, almost near the bay cliff and in the direction of the Falconiera. Here, in perfect silence, you will hear Eleonora’s falcon circling above, or perhaps diving into the water to catch a few small fish.

The senses tell Alicudi

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

The Sciara del Fuoco

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Myths and legends about volcanoes

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

The salt lake of Lingua

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

Alicudi, where time has stood still

Filicudi: small island, big history

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

Wine, oil and capers, masterpieces of nature and launching pad of the Aeolian economy

Volcanoes

Panarea, the island of Stacks

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

The senses tell The summit craters

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The pure white of the pumice quarries

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

At the heart of trade in history

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The Village of Capo Graziano

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

The Cathedral of Lipari and the Norman Cloister of the Benedictine Monastery

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

The Stacks of Panarea

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

Seven islands with different faces

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The summit craters

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The ancient production of salt

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava