A fine way to spend half a day is a walk from the harbour, taking the path climbing the hill between some fine houses in mediterranean style.
You can arrive to Punta Palisi in the far north, and take a bath on a rocky shore where the water have the bubbles of underwater "fumarole" (hot gas emission from volcanic activity).
The site is almost desert also in august.
(there is not a sandy beach there, and the sea is not deep enough for boat to approach)
You need a boat to go to take a bath in Cala Junco.
Once there you can swim into some caves.
In high season you will not be alone.
Be careful of motorboats.
There is a beach on the side, that is accessible also by a path from San Pietro (1.5 km)
The same path also lead to Cala Zimmari (the only other beach accessible by land)
Panarea island is a motor free island!
Every year is issued a law that limit the access to the island for motor vehicles (motorcycle too).
In 2005 the time period has been from 1st May to 31st October.
Note that also the Police car is an electric golf car.
The limit does not worth much, if you think that are less then 5km of paved road.
From Sicily you can get to Panarea by boat either from Messina or Milazzo. The price was around 20 euros and it took some (4?)hours to get there.
Also, be aware that (especially in September) the boats stops operating if the weather is bad; too windy, thunderstorm.
Check out the internet page for details.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Sun Lotion is really expencive on Panarea. A bottle of sun blocking lotion was around 20 Euros as on Sicily it was 10-12 Euros.
Photo Equipment: I bought normal "finger batteries" to my Canon A85 from a local shop on Panarea. I took less than 10 photos and then they died.
They must have been restored for a looooog time before I bought those... Unluckily I was already on Sicily when this happened.
the island summit ,punta del corvo,is 421m high.
downhill slope on east side,facing stromboli.
west side:a cliff!
most of houses are refurbished respecting local architecture and colour.
electricity exists since 1988 but only inside the houses......in the evening,the village keeps its spell.
antonioni makes,here, "l'avventura"!
At Panarea one can really block the outside world and just enjoy the moment!
My favorite "what to do", besides sun bathing, in Panarea was walking the narrow alleys and roads of the island. The photo here is taken from one of the walking trips I made.
What a place, it just calls you there! Doesnt it?
once upon a time...panarea island was only one island with the other isolated islets ...before a volcanic explosion breaking down the crater under the sea....
in the middle,baziluzzo ,a amazing islet, formed of vitrified eruptive rocks.much visited during the harvest of capers.you'll find there roman remains and mosaic traces.
20m under sea level,by dead calm, you can see traces of a village and a 24 centuries old harbour entrance....
on the left:panarea
Fondest memory: going for a tour of the island with a boat and discover formiche,bottaro,dattilo panarelli,lisca bianca,lisca nera... islets of pumice and obsidian,deserted excepted by wild rabbits!
wonderful sea bottoms...