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About Vulcano

An island that smells like rotten eggs is probably not your first port-of-call when booking a holiday, but Vulcano's sulphuric smell, though acrid, is the very reason it makes such an attractive destination. One of the islands of the Aeolian Archipelago, its mudbaths and hot springs are therapeutic, its wild coastline and volcano are fantastic hiking spots and the warm jacuzzi-like waters that surround it are amazing to swim in. All of this is ensured by the volcanic activity in the area, whether it's the Fossa di Vulcano in the northeast or the submerged volcanic jets of steam that warm the sparkling sea, and the best places to stay in Vulcano will help you see why this is one of the Adriatic's rarest and most beautiful islands.

The Romans believed that the Fossa di Vulcano was the chimney of the fire god Vulcan's smithy, and it is easy to see why. Though it hasn't been active since 1890, visibly you can see it emitting jets of spiralling sulphuric smoke for miles and miles. The volcano is naturally the beating and fiery heart of the island, the reason for the famously therapeutic mudbaths lying close to the port and the unbelievably warm glittering waters off the coastline, known as acque caldo or literally "warm waters", caused by the volcanic fumaroles ejecting hot steam beneath, creating a truly natural jacuzzi.

Walking around the island is a real pleasure. The black sand beaches of Porto di Levante are bewitching and lovely to sunbathe on, while the central plateau is full of lush greenery, vegetable gardens, olive groves, vineyards, and birdsong. Hiking up the volcano should obviously be high on your priority list, it is a three hour round trip from the port, and on your way, you pass the Valle dei Mostri, or the Valley of Monsters, great twisted and deformed natural statues of lava-rock made by the erosion of the sea and the wind.

What not to miss

  • Hiking Fossa di Vulcano: the steaming volcano towering on the northeast side of the island is incredibly rewarding and offers fantastic panoramic views.
  • Bathing in the mudbaths of Laghetto di Fossa: just by the port, the mudbaths sit on natural hot springs. While an all-around smelly ordeal, it is said to be incredibly therapeutic - the mud is full of healing properties.
  • Swimming in the acque caldo: ideal after a long day soaking in mud, the warm waters are injected with hot steam from submarine volcanic fumaroles, making it a natural jacuzzi.

Whether you're looking for a place to hike or somewhere to relax in natural hot springs Vulcano is the place to be. With great walking spots, the warmest and cleanest water in the Adriatic and lush greenery that's a pleasure to get lost in. The best places to stay in Vulcano often reflect the healing properties of the island and boast fabulous spas.

The best places to stay in Vulcano

For Luxury

  • Therasia Resort is a wonderful 5-star resort with 97 light contemporary rooms. There are a fantastic spa, gourmet restaurant and private balconies with gorgeous views of the sea.

For the beach

  • A charming property offering access to its own private beach, Hotel Les Sables Noirs, is a real winner. It includes an indulgent spa and reasonable rates too.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you would rather something a little more private we recommend you browse through the options on our partner website which has a wide range of villas and apartments.

Travel information

  • Fly to Palermo and get a train to Milazzo, where you can take a hydrofoil immediately to Vulcano.
  • The best time to go is during the summer, which is hot and sunny, the temperature ranging from 20 to 24 degrees.
  • There are few cars on the island and most of the roads are made for golf carts or mopeds, both of which you can hire.

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Best Hotels in Vulcano

  • Hotel Les Sables Noirs Vulcano 53 rooms from CA$164

    Beach Life  -  Offering private beach access and close to lots of other lovely beaches
    Great walks  -  Hike up Vulcano's active and imposing volcano, where the view of the Aeolian Islands and the sea is exceptional
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    A charming Aeolian hotel in a simple white building with lovely terraces and private beach access. Rooms are unfussy yet smart, with fresh white furnishings and splashes of turquoise adding some vibrancy. A generous breakfast is served, and don't miss the indulgent spa, sauna and large pool! See More

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  • Therasia Resort Vulcano 97 rooms from CA$612

    Views  -  Stunning views over all the Aeolian Islands
    Families  -  Suites sleep 4.
    Spa breaks
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    A Five Star resort on the sea front with a fantastic spa and excellent restaurants. Rooms and suites in contemporary design, all in creams, with private balconies, some with private hot tubs and a pool. The perfect spot for total relaxation, family friendly too. See More

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