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was one of the first inhabited Eolian islands and also one of the oldest
from a geological point of view.
The Milazzese plateau has been found
to be the oldest settlement of the middle neolithic period (3750-3500
Even if it is
the smallest of the Eolian islands (3.4 kilometres square) it is the most
densely populated (320 permanent residents).
The island is divided into three disticts: S.Pietro, Iditella and Drautto.
Pietro, where the port is situated, is
also the centre of life on Panarea. The majority of the hotels and restaurants
are here as are boutiques and craft shops.
S.Pietro is also the place for lively nightlife, from midnight to the
morning. It also has a fair share of holidaymakers who come from the other
islands on the archipelago.
Iditella is situated in the northern part of the island and populated
by the majority of permanent residents. It offers breathtaking views and
a wonderful little beach, dominated by Calcara from where natural volcanic
forms can be seen in the shape of fumeroles.
The overlooking Calcara ridge is the ideal place to admire the spectacle
that the volcano of Stromboli offers. At night it is possible to see and
take photographs of the eruptions, which happen every 30-45 minutes.
Drautto, which derives from the name of the moslem pirate Drauth,
is found in the southern part of Panarea.
Beyond offering a splendid beach (Zimmari is the only sandy beach on the
island and where "caretta caretta" turtles once used to come
to lay eggs) and the remains of a prehistoric village (on the Milazzese
plateau), at Drautto is what many consider to be the most beautiful bay
of all the Eolian islands: Cala Junco.
Cala Junco is set out in a way in which from the outside it isn't possible
to see inside and this made it one of the favourite places of Drauth to
carry out his raids.
Around Panarea are a series of islets, the dimensions of which confused
the first visitors as to the number of Eolian islands, for example Baziluzzo
(more than half a kilometre square), Bottaro, Liscia Bianca and Dattilo.
Hotel QUARTARA Panarea - Via S. Pietro 15 - Aeolian
Islands - tel. +39 090983027 fax +39 090983621