07 July 2021 | Lipari, Praia di Vinci - Aeolian Islands (position: 38 26.417'N 14 56.978'E)
Praia di Vinci anchorage
Porticello anchorage is now becoming our 'go to' anchorage when we want space to anchor and with a sandy seabed it guarantees a dug in anchor every time. Given the number of nights that we've now spent at Porticello, 75% have been swell free with the only disturbance coming from the many vessels departing from Lipari's port heading to the islands of Salina and Panerea.
With the prevailing wind and swell coming from the NW the most protected anchorages are found along the southern/eastern sides of the islands however the weather switched to the northeast giving us the opportunity to visit another anchorage but on the southern side. This time we anchored off the beach of Praia di Vinci, located near Punta Crepazza. The narrow, pebbly beach is only accessible by boat. It's a scenic location dominated by a couple of impressive rock pinnacles, crystal clear water with a wonderful panorama over to Vulcano. This anchorage has become our favourite natural and geologically stunning anchorage so far and it was certainly worth the extra effort of finding a shallower spot to be surrounded by the natural beauty of the place.
Praia di Vinci beach
looking over to the island of Vulcano
It's another highlight added to the growing list of highlights. We would have stayed longer but one afternoon the cursed swell arrived out of nowhere... well from miles away and found us so needless to say we departed to return back to our 'go to' anchorage, Porticello after failing to find a suitable spot at nearby Porto di Levante on Vulcano and Portinente near Lipari's citadel.
Total distance from Porticello to Praia di Vinci: 5.72 nautical miles
Total distance this season: 270.44 nautical miles