Lipari

Aeolian Islands, Italy

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands and a good place to begin your trip, since it offers frequent connections to “its sisters.”

On Ferryhopper, you will find useful information about the island: beaches, gastronomic delights and ferries to / from Lipari. Check out all the available routes and book your tickets with just a few clicks!

Colorful buildings line a narrow street at the historic center of Lipari

A picturesque alley in the historic center of Lipari

Vacation in Lipari

Lipari is one of the most visited Aeolian Islands. Despite being the most populated (about 12,000 inhabitants), it happily welcomes travelers 365 days a year. 

With its wild nature, fascinating history and delicious food, Lipari is an ideal destination for everyone, whether you're traveling with your partner, friends or family. During your holiday in Lipari you will discover dream beaches, hidden bays, archaeological sites, cobbled alleys, and panoramic hike-walks. 

Thanks to the fast ferry connections from nearby Sicily, you can visit the island just for the day. If you want to take it easy, we could recommend staying at Lipari for 2-3 days and continuing your adventure to the other Aeolic Islands

Read on to discover more about the beautiful Lipari.

How to get to Lipari

The only way to reach Lipari and the Aeolian Islands in general is by ferry.

There are frequent connections from the Sicilian towns of Milazzo, Messina and Palermo to Lipari. You can also travel to Lipari directly from Calabria and Campania, through the ports of Reggio Calabria, Vibo Valentia and Naples, but only during summer. 

The trips to Lipari are carried out by both conventional ferries and hydrofoils, so you can choose the type of vessel that best suits your needs. For more info about traveling by ferry or hydrofoil, you can check out our relevant blog. 

The coast of Lipari seen from the sea

The rocky cliff coast of Lipari seen from the sea

What to do in Lipari

If you are wondering what to do and see in Lipari, you will be excited to discover that the island offers several attractions to its visitors. 

The first thing you will notice when arriving by ferry at the port of Lipari is the island’s castle. You can begin your journey by exploring the citadel and the entire historic center of the island. 

And what about its beaches? After visiting many museums and archaeological sites, treat yourself with a refreshing dip in the sea. Beautiful and perfect for snorkeling, the beaches of Lipari are famous for the play of colors of their crystal clear waters

Furthermore, we recommend going on a boat trip to discover hidden bays, caves and coves that can only be reached by sea!

Lipari is also an ideal place for lovers of nature and trekking! In fact, the island boasts several hiking trails, sulfurous fumaroles, and pumice and kaolin quarries. From these locations you can admire breathtaking sunsets and enjoy the beautiful view of the archipelago.

Beaches in Lipari

Lipari has perhaps the most beautiful beaches in Italy and that is why every year it is chosen by many travelers looking to relax. 

Here are 8 of the best beaches in Lipari: 

  1. Papesca: this is one of the most attractive beaches on the island. Due to the presence of pumice stones, the seabed took on a stunning white color. Its waters are turquoise and perfect for snorkeling. The area is also equipped with umbrellas and deck chairs. 
  2. Punta Castagna: this is actually a dive site and the base of the ancient pumice quarries. It is one of the most interesting places on the coast of Lipari. 
  3. Secca: this tiny cove with clear waters can be reached from the town via a hiking path with unique views. The road that goes down to the beach is steep in parts, so it is advisable to wear trekking shoes.
  4. Acquacalda: this beach has the same name as the village where it is located. In the background you can admire the majestic white mountain of pumice stone. Acquacalda is equipped and there are bars and restaurants where you can enjoy good fresh fish!
  5. Canneto: just 3km from the town center, this pebbled and sandy beach is ideal for scuba diving. Canneto beach is equipped with umbrellas and sun chairs and is great for families. 
  6. Porticello: this beach is located close to the town center, between Campo Bianco and Rocche Rosse. It is characterized by the presence of pumice sediments, it is equipped and ideal for families with children.
  7. Valle Muria: you can easily reach this black-sand beach from Marina Corta port. It has a breathtaking landscape since it’s enriched by the presence of two rocky promontories. 
  8. Praia di Vinci: this is an untouched bay you can only reach by boat. Along this stretch of coastline, you will find many small bays and inlets, something which has made this beach a favorite for snorkeling lovers. 

View of the beach of Valle Muria, in Lipari

Boats anchored at Valle Muria beach, one of the most beautiful in Lipari

Sightseeing in Lipari

In addition to its wonderful coastline and beaches, here are other must-visit attractions during your stay in Lipari:

  • The castle of Lipari, which stands on the highest point of the island
  • Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main street of Lipari
  • The Church of Madonna della Catena overlooking the sea
  • The Church of San Giuseppe, which contains the relics of St. Bartholomew, patron saint of Lipari
  • Via Garibaldi, a pedestrian street filled with cafes, bars and souvenir shops
  • The small port of Marina Corta
  • The Norman Cloister of the Benedictine Monastery dating back to the 12th century
  • The Cathedral of San Bartolomeo
  • Cave of Kaolin
  • Belvedere Quattrocchi, to watch the sunset
  • The Aeolian Archaeological Museum
  • The Porticello area with its pumice mines
  • The stacks of Pietralunga and Pietra Menalda
  • The Geophysical Observatory

The colorful buildings at the small port of Marina Corta in Lipari

The beautiful little port of Marina Corta, in Lipari

Nightlife in Lipari

Lipari is a lively city with many restaurants, bars, night clubs, and piano bars with live music, mainly concentrated in its historic center.

Most of the clubs are in fact located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main street of the island. Among the most famous is the Sealight Club, nestled among rocks and overlooking the beautiful bay of Canneto.

Outdoor events and live music nights are often organized during summer. 

For a quiet evening you can walk through the port while enjoying a granita or visit the local patisseries that stay open until late.

Food in Lipari

The cuisine in Lipari mixes Sicilian traditions with local products. Fish, fresh aromatic herbs such as oregano, rosemary and basil, and capers are present in most dishes. 

Here are some local dishes and delicacies you absolutely must try during your holiday in Lipari: 

  • linguine alla liparese (with tuna, black olives and capers)
  • caper sauce
  • stuffed squid Lipari style 
  • aeolian redfish soup
  • Liparota salad (with tomatoes, capers, olives, tuna, red onion and potatoes)
  • fish balls
  • stuffed eggplant 
  • swordfish rolls
  • sweet and sour rabbit
  • sesamini (sesame cookies flavored with orange)
  • nacatuli (almond biscuits made during the Christmas season)

Tip: don’t forget to stop by Subba Pasticceria on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Make sure to try its almond biscuits! 

A tray filled with nacatuli, the traditional almond biscuits of Lipari

The traditional nacatuli, that is almond biscuits, of Lipari

Tips 

Here are 4 tips that we hope will be helpful to you before your trip to Lipari:

  • The Aeolian Islands are usually quite expensive in the high season. If you book the ferry tickets and the hotel in advance, you can save some money.
  • Spring is perhaps the most beautiful time to visit Lipari. Take advantage of the island's mild climate and the flowering of many species of wild orchids!
  • If you want to avoid the car, no worries. In Lipari you can comfortably travel by bike, rent a motorbike or hop on the island’s buses.
  • In mid-August, the feast of San Bartolomeo, the largest and most important event in the Aeolian Islands, takes place in Lipari. During this celebration, various concerts are organized and a spectacular firework display sets the sky alight. 

Useful information for Lipari

Being the largest of the Aeolian Islands, Lipari is a perfect destination for any type of traveler.

Lipari is divided into 5 main suburbs: Lipari, Acquacalda, Canneto, Pianoconte, and Quattropani. If you are wondering where it is best to stay in Lipari, you should know that there are areas more suitable for families and others more suitable for young people looking to party. 

The center of Lipari has the most bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs. If you want to stay somewhere close to the sea and also close to town, the areas of Canneto and Acquacalda are ideal. On the other hand, Pianoconte is the most wild and romantic place in Lipari. It is ideal for couples wanting to relax and enjoy the island’s breathtaking views. 

As for basic services, in Lipari there are 4 pharmacies, a civil hospital and a doctor's office.

Useful phone numbers for your stay in Lipari

Here are some numbers that could prove useful during your holiday in Lipari:

  • Emergency Medical Service: +390909885426
  • Lipari Civil Hospital: +3909098851
  • Lipari District Maritime Office: +390909880819
  • Police: +390909811333
  • Urso Bus Lines: +390909811262
  • European emergency number: 112

Transportation in Lipari

Lipari can be easily explored by car, motorbike, bicycle, on foot, and by public transport.

While your vehicle will enable you to have more freedom, the local bus service is also very reliable and will permit you to reach various points around the island. The Urso bus service, in fact, offers connections to the areas of Canneto, Acquacalda, Quattrocchi, Pianoconte, and Quattropani.

Among the best ways to get around Lipari is the scooter. At the port you will find several places to rent one. Another cheap, efficient option perfect for sports and nature lovers is to rent a bike

To move around and simultaneously explore the island’s coastline you can book a boat excursion or use the taxi boat service.

View of the coast of Lipari from a hiking trail

A hiking trail in Lipari with a spectacular view

Ports in Lipari

Lipari has 2 harbors: the Marina Lunga and the Marina Corta.

The ports of Lipari are located on the island’s eastern coast. The two are separated from one another by the castle of Lipari.

In the area where the ports are situated there are various services, such as restaurants, bars, grocery stores, small shops, and a parking lot just 200m away. In addition to the beautiful castle overlooking the sea, which you will notice from the ferry, there are other cultural attractions in the vicinity of the port.

You can easily reach the port by taxi or by bus from several parts of the island. 

Island hopping from Lipari

The Aeolian archipelago consists of 7 islands and Lipari is the largest. Thanks to its central location, it is well connected to the beautiful Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Alicudi, Filicudi, and Panarea with several daily ferries.

The itineraries from Lipari to the other islands are active all year round with several connections per day operated by the companies Siremar and Liberty Lines

Here's some additional information about the itineraries: 

  • Ferry Lipari - Salina: the Lipari Salina ferry route is daily and the trip duration ranges from 20 min to 1 hour.
  • Ferry Lipari - Vulcano: the route to Vulcano from Lipari has up to 18 daily connections. The total travel time ranges from 10 to 20 min depending on the ferry company.
  • Ferry Lipari - Stromboli: the Lipari - Stromboli ferry route runs around 7 daily connections. The total travel time ranges from around 1 to 2 hours, depending on the ferry company. 
  • Ferry Lipari - Panarea: the route from the port of Lipari to Panarea is available up to 7 times a day during summer. The trip duration ranges from 25 minutes to 1 hour depending on the itinerary and the operator.
  • Ferry Lipari - Filicudi: there are at least 3 crossings from Lipari to Filicudi, taking 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Ferry Lipari - Alicudi: the Lipari - Alicudi connection has frequent departures during the day and the duration of the trip is 1 to 2 hours.

Tip: on our Map of ferries, you can find more about the available connections and schedules, so that you can easily and conveniently book ferry tickets from Lipari to neighboring islands in the Aeolian archipelago. 

Lipari ferry: schedules and tickets

Are you thinking of visiting Lipari this year? The Aeolian Island can be reached by ferry from various parts of Italy! There are connections from Sicily (through the ports of Palermo, Milazzo and Messina) and from the ports of Reggio Calabria, Vibo Valentia and Naples.

The companies that operate the routes to Lipari are Siremar, Liberty Lines, Alilauro, and SNAV. Some connections are seasonal, while others are active all year round by both ferry and hydrofoil.

Here you can find more information about all the ferry connections: 

  • Ferry Palermo - Lipari: the route from the port of Palermo to Lipari is seasonal and available once a day during summer with sailing durations from around 3 hr 55 min.
  • Ferry Milazzo - Lipari: the connection to Lipari from Milazzo is active throughout the year with up to 16 itineraries per day during high season. The journey lasts around 1 hour
  • Ferry Messina - Lipari: the connection from Messina to Lipari is active all year round and includes 5 daily crossings. Crossings last from 1 h 25 min to 3 h 35 min.
  • Ferry Regio Calabria - Lipari: the routes to Lipari from Reggio Calabria are seasonal and include 1 itinerary per day with sailing durations from around 2.5 hours.
  • Ferry Vibo Valentia - Lipari: the connection from the port of Vibo Valentia to Lipari is seasonal. It operates up to 2 times each week and the rides last 3 hr 15 min.
  • Ferry Napoli - Lipari: the route from the port of Naples to Lipari is available twice a day during summer. The trip duration takes 6.5 hours.

View of the small port of Lipari, near the old town

Small fishing boats anchored at the port of Lipari

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