is the smallest island of the archipelago. Its surface is 3,3
km² and it is located north-east of Lipari.
The present island is just a part of the originary one because
the greatest part sank in the sea after a volcanic eruption. The
small islands (Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Bianca) and the islets
(Bottaro, Lisca Nera, Panarelli and Le Formiche) belong to the
same volcanic complex and represent a little archipelago on their
own: they are detached in the surface but linked in depth. Panarea,
like all the other islands, has a volcan origin and it is pretty
montainous: its highest summit is Timpone (420 metres) called
also "Punta Corvo". The western side of Panarea, with
its harsh ground is very difficult to reach, the Eastern is full
of terraces cultivated with corn and olives. In Cala Junco, you
can find evidences of a pre-historical village, witnessing the
old origin of the island.
Panarea counts around 300 inhabitants almost all living in San
Pietro, a port situated in the eastern side of the island. Panarea
is one of the most enchanting islands of the archipelago and it
is attended by an elite tourism for exclusive holidays. The islands
owns amazing seabeds for unforgettable diving.
Panarea historical hints
The original name of Panarea was "Euonymos" (left) meaning
that it is located eastern of Lipari
towards Sicily. Other names were Panarion (destroyed), Pagnaria
(cursed), Panaria (loose) and finally Panarea. Thanks to its excellent
position and territory, the first inhabitants of the island appeared
in the III century B.C. We have evidences of 23 huts witnessing
the presence of a pre-historical village on the promontory of
Capo Milazzese dating back to the middle Bronze Age (XV-XII century
In Basiluzzo traces of Roman times were found.
Typical Panarea Cookery
The typical cookery of Panarea is based on the excellent fish
and served. Among traditionale dishes, you can find pasta seasoned
swordfish sauce; fried pasta with anchovies, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs.
Among second courses you can find dried salted cods with capers,
mullets, fish tomatoes. Traditional desserts are "spicchidedda"
made up of
wine and cloves, "munnuli cake" based on almonds and
the Christmas cakes
like "vastedduzzi" (or nacatuli) full of almonds, cinnamon,
can book an Hotel
in Panarea: we suggest Hotel Cincotta located in an
excellent position of the island. The rooms are equipped with
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