10 July 2021 | Vulcano, Spaggia di Cannitello - Aeolian Islands (position: 38 22.318'N 15 00.287'E)
Another day, another sandy anchorage and what a gem of a place this one is! Located on the south east corner of the island of Vulcano barely 10 miles away from Porticello, Spaggia di Cannitello has the most beautiful landscape with vineyards on the hillside, a small beach with the classic black sand of Vulcano and a beach bar. At first glance, we didn't notice the bar as it's virtually camouflaged hidden under a canopy of trees. It was the line of popular flags gently fluttering in the breeze that gave it away. Bruce noted a lone pole missing a flag... we can only assume the UK flag which has always been part of what we deem the popular set comprising of French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian and American.
The anchorage was an absolute delight with just a steady influx of boats arriving and departing throughout the day and by the evenings we were the only ones remaining to enjoy this peaceful, tranquil and beautiful spot. The only exception was on the Saturday night when over the course of a few hours we were joined by the arrival of many charter boats having departed from Portorosa and Capo d'Orlando where both yachts and cataramarans can be chartered on Sicily's northern coast. We counted at least 35 before concluding that the anchorage was going to be very full overnight.
We received a really warm and friendly welcome from the owners of the beach bar 'Punta Bandiera' when we arrived from our short row ashore. They were also quick to point out that they have a B&B, 'Villa Saracina' located more central to the main town of Porto di Levante and pointed out a restaurant, 'Ristorante u Bagghiu' at the top of the hill, just a short walk up a relatively steep but very dusty track. Bookings can be taken by phone on 3385894435 or 3393962704.
Bruce enjoying the view of the anchorage with Sicily in the background
The beer at the bar was expensive but the views were fabulous and we could get a strong phone and wifi signal. From the boat the signal was pretty sketchy but we did manage to keep up with the European football championship final. Even if we hadn't we would have found out the following day when an Italian yacht arrived and spotted that we were a UK flagged vessel and proceeded to get on his paddle board having removed his Italian flag from his yacht and then paddled over and started singing and waving his flag just by us, all in good fun.
three cheerful Italians celebrating the win
Spaggia di Cannitello is yet another beautiful Aeolian anchorage.
Total distance from Porticello to Vulcano, Spaggia di Cannitello: 8.96 nautical miles
Total distance this season: 279.40 nautical miles