Swim the warm waters of the Aeolian Islands and thread between volcanic landscapes, off Sicily’s north coast, which is rich in local myths and legends.
Explore the southernmost island of Vulcano - where you'll be based. Enjoy mud baths, hot springs and a little post-swim R&R after a day in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
If conditions permit, take on two adrenaline-fuelled and safely escorted crossings, including a 4½km swim from Lipari to Salina.
The Aeolian Islands are a group of volcanic islands lying off Sicily’s north coast featuring a wealth of history entangled with myths and legends.
Accessible by boat from the port of Milazzo, the seven islands making up the archipelago are beautifully wild and rocky – some even have active volcanoes! This includes Stromboli, the northernmost island and Vulcano the southernmost island on which we are based. The islands feature some of the best swim locations in the Mediterranean. The Aeolian islands are rugged with steep cliffs, deep caverns, black sand, and submarine volcanoes! Pretty whitewashed traditional houses abound on these islands, constructed from local building materials—stone, lava and pumice.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is designed for Swimmers who enjoy a combination of coastal swims and island-hopping and relish the opportunity to explore crystal clear waters and spectacular vistas and wildlife, both above and below the water.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of around 3 km prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 5km (split over a minimum of two swims).
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
If conditions permit, there are two crossing including the 4½km swim from Lipari to Salina. These crossings can be challenging. You can sit out some of the swims or jump onto the support boats if you want to take a rest at any time.
- Fully guided swimming holiday in the Aeolian Islands, Sicily
- Six hotel breakfasts, served buffet style on the panoramic sea-view terrace
- Five lunches included
- Full safety escort and support from expert swim guides
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the trip
- Dinners are not included
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
Swimming in Sicily was absolutely magical - the water was warm and incredibly clear, the geology was awe-inspiring, and the island villages were delightful.Karen W, USA - 2022
My compliments to the guides and boat crew for an unforgettable experience!Elisa VDH, Netherlands - 2022
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