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Filicudi is the larger of the two minor westerly islands, still unspoilt by tourism and far from being developed. There are three villages, offering a few restaurants and markets, scooter, car and boat rental. There aren’t any sandy beaches, but plenty of rocky coastal stretches and pebble beaches with wonderful swimming in crystal clear water.

Among the prettiest and least developed of the Aeolian Islands, Filicudi is also one of the oldest, dating back to tectonic activity 700,000 years ago. Shaped like a snail when seen from some angles, the island entices visitors with its rugged coastline lapped by crystal clear waters and pitted by deep grottoes. The island has just a few small villages.

Top Attractions

Villaggio Preistorico di Capo Graziano

Follow the main road 10 minutes southeast of the port toward Capo Graziano, where a marked trail branches off and climbs 10 minutes further to the lichen-covered stone foundations of 27 Bronze Age huts on a terraced hillside. Discovered in 1952, they date to 1700 BC, 300 years before Panarea's Punta Milazzese. It's an extremely evocative spot, with dramatic sea and island views and bilingual signs providing historical context.

Grotta del Bue Marino

Boat tours often visit this beautiful sea cave lapped by brilliant turquoise waters on Filicudi's western shore. Measuring roughly 30m wide, 20m high and 20m deep, it's large enough for small boats to enter.

Rising off Filicudi's northwestern shore is this dramatic 71m faraglione (rock tower); boat trips around the island will take you to see it up close.


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