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Panarea is the smallest and the most fashionable of the seven. It owes its fame to the Hotel Raya, which in the summer attracts the international jet-set. The terrace of the Hotel Raya is the place to be for the aperitif, and its disco keeps guests entertained until dawn…but only in August! In low season it‘s very quiet, there are only a few small electric cars, beautiful walks and unique swimming opportunities in the many surrounding islets .

In summer, luxury yachts fill the tiny harbour and flocks of day-trippers traipse around the car-free whitewashed streets of San Pietro, the port and principal settlement. Panarea is a strictly summer-only destination with very little going on outside the tourist season.

Top Attractions

Directly below Panarea's prehistoric village, about 45 minutes south of San Pietro, steps lead down to this gorgeous little cove with a rock-strewn beach and dreamy aquamarine waters.

Dramatically sited on Punta Milazzese, an elevated headland surrounded by the sea, these round foundations of 22 stone huts are the only vestiges of a prehistoric village dating back to the 15th century BC.

At Panarea's northeastern corner, this is a pebbly beach with full-on Stromboli views and jets of hot water escaping from undersea fumaroles.

This small stretch of brown sand backed by a steep overgrown dune, about 25 minutes on foot south of San Pietro, is Panarea's only sandy beach and gets packed in summer.

Reachable only by private boat, this dramatic islet off Panarea's east coast is best known for the pretty Le Guglie swimming spot at its southwestern tip.

The largest of the five islets off Panarea's east coast, Basiluzzo is given over to the cultivation of capers and can only be visited by private boat.

Only accessible by private boat, this islet off Panarea's east coast offers good swimming on a small white beach.

The smallest of Panarea's offshore islands, Lisca Nera is nothing more than a speck of rock protruding from the sea.

Measuring only 7300 sq metres, Bottaro is the second smallest of Panarea's offshore islands.


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