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Guide to Panarea

A secluded Aeolian island rich in privacy and Italian charm.

The timeless elegance of Panarea has long attracted the rich, famous, talented, and aristocratic for many decades and shows no sign of losing its allure. Located just off the coast of Sicily, Panarea is the smallest island in the Aeolian chain. Oozing with beauty and Italian character, the island has so much to offer from its glittering shores and golden beaches to its unequivocally beautiful streets that are adorned with bougainvillea. It is Panarea’s enchanting isolation that makes the island a haven for understated luxury.

Thriving in its beauty, a strong Italian influence prevails throughout the island. Originally a fishing village, Panarea has transformed itself into a chic and stylish retreat that is taken over by many glamorous visitors every summer. Cars are banned on the island as are large hotels and buildings, making this island feel all the more exotic and secluded.

Wander through the winding quaint streets of San Pietro, the only developed area of the island. Here, you will find the island's most idyllic and refined restaurants and bars, including one of the most celebrated hotels in the Mediterranean, Hotel Raya. The hotel is nestled into the hillside with uninterrupted views across to the Stromboli volcano. Enjoy an evening of pure luxury as you dine on the terrace, lit only by oil lamps, a truly magical experience as you gaze at the heavenly view ahead of you. Once the sun goes down, the energy intensifies and the chic bars and restaurants fill up to create an exclusive party scene. Socialize, drink and party into the night in the most luxurious of settings. 

For lovers of the sea, one of the greatest attractions of a superyacht charter is the freedom to explore both above and below. Panarea offers secluded coves and gloriously unspoiled isles, which, while slightly more under the radar, are no less beautiful than their better-known counterparts. Following a hearty breakfast on board, enjoy a morning exploring Cala Junco, a rocky bay sitting within a natural amphitheater. Soak up the Italian sunshine and plunge into the cobalt waters to explore further. The crystal clear ocean creates multiple ideal spots for snorkeling and scuba diving too.

From chic luxurious bars to breathtaking picturesque views, Panarea promises to be one of the most fascinating experiences in the Mediterranean. If you’re looking for an exotic luxurious vacation be sure to explore all luxury crewed yachts available for charter in Italy and start planning your next vacation with a reccomended yacht charter broker

Alternatively, if you’re looking for some inspiration for things to see and do when traveling around this reigion, be sure to check out our sample itineraries handpicked by experts with in-depth knowledge of the region.

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Reasons to Visit

Secluded island feel
Exclusive party scene
Picturesque town
Remote coves and beaches
Fantastic snorkelling spots

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Nightlife
  • Fine Dining
  • Volcano

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Hotel Raya
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Hotel Raya

Chic boutique hotel nestled into the cliffs

Zammari Beach (Cala degli Zimmari)
Zammari Beach (Cala degli Zimmari)

Beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear waters

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