The first, the most isolated to the west of the Archipelago of Fire, is a perfect truncated cone, once known as Ericusa, that is, rich in heather. The second, with a more elongated shape for the presence of the promontory of Capo Graziano, was called Phoenicusa, meaning full of ferns. These two islands are like two twin sisters and are one of the last places where the balance between man and nature has remained crystallized in time. The best way to enjoy them is obviously by boat.
Once you reach the small port in the eastern part of the island, the only one inhabited, you will find the typical white Aeolian houses: white cubes with large terraces and columns facing south-east (called epulere) located on terraced groves of olive trees and capers on the slopes of the volcano, defying laws of nature, as they stretch for the sky. Children’s laughter, boats hauled ashore on the pebble beach, the scent of heather and lavender in the sun.
Don’t miss a trip to the Scoglio del Giafante, a rock formed by a volcanic eruption of which only the lava column at the center still survives, and to the famous Grotta del Bue Marino, a grotto near Punta Perciato. Famous for the enchanting interplay of the light, but above all for the waves of the sea that sound like the bellowing of an ox. A short distance away stands the Scoglio della Canna, a rock which is a favorite with divers for its corals and sponges. The romantic and enchanting sunset can be enjoyed from Stimpagnato, with the Canna rock and Alicudi to enhance the colors.