The Luxury Adventure Cruise begins
28 October 2019
We left Palermo on Sunday 22nd September for the 35nm trip to Cefalu. With a 13-15kts SE wind off the shore we had a cracking sail, just motoring the last few miles to the anchorage where we dropped in 6 metres and had a lovely evening with views of the inshore rocky outcrops and the massive hill of La Rocca.
The following day was quite windless and we motored the 55nm to the island of Vulcano in the Aeolian Islands. We were unsure about landing the dinghy so decided not to anchor and some negotiations got us a mooring for two nights at a reasonable price and a landing place in Porto di Levante.
On 24th September we climbed to the volcanic crater which had sulphurous fumes escaping from fissures in the rocks which were also marked by yellow trails of sulphur. The views across to Lipari were stunning.
There was the option of a mud bath but such wimps that we are, we passed on this opportunity for a serious skin treatment …
The next day we headed for Lipari, dodging the hydrofoils and the other ferry traffic. The anchoring information showed limited options because of steeply shelving seabed, so we did a reconnaissance near the main town and then in the bay to the north. This latter had some good options but they were near a dilapidated factory, quite a distance from the jetty for landing and open to the NE wind that was blowing, so we returned to Lipari town and found the best spot had been vacated. Getting the anchor to set took a bit of patience as the seabed was covered in thick grass. All was good and we went ashore for aperos.
We visited the town again the following day and toured the narrow streets and citadel, the Castello, a massive Spanish bastion enclosing the cathedral and 17th century bishop’s palace. The views from the pine shaded citadel are quite impressive. We had an excellent lunch at a local very friendly restaurant and were entertained by one of the staff’s acrobatics involving a lamp-post. The Gallery shows who among our company thought they had the agility to emulate the feats of strength and flexibility.
We had to choose between a detour to Stromboli and heading for the Straits of Messina and the more substantial Mount Etna – so onwards to Etna then.
Photos in the Gallery.