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WorldMediterraneanItalySicilyAeolian IslandsPanarea
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The jetty at San Pietro, Panarea

Panarea island is situated ten miles NE of Salina in the Aeolian Islands. One of the smallest islands in the archipelago, it is also one of the most picturesque and has in recent years attracted a number of celebrity visitors to its peace and isolation. There is a 100 metre long jetty at Panarea's main settlement, San Pietro, which can accommodate a small number of yachts in settled weather. At Punta Milazzese at the southern end of the island is a Bronze Age settlement of 23 huts, first uncovered in 1948.


British Admiralty
172 - Isole Eolie


The prevailing winds around the Aolian Islands during the summer tend to be from NW or NE, although in calm weather seabreezes can be encountered from any direction blowing onto and between the islands. While infrequent, gales are not unknown during the spring and early summer and careful forward planning is necessary as there are only two harbours which offer adequate shelter (and even then, not in strong southerlies). In winter, the gregale is a strong NE wind that can affect the whole of the island group and blow for several days.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation.
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily).


See Mediterranean.


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Panarea is surrounded by a number of rocky islets and reefs and caution is needed in the approach. The main settlement at San Pietro lies halfway along the E side of the island.



There is a small jetty at the island's main port of San Pietro with bollards and mooring rings which can be used by yachts. You will need to use your anchor to moor stern or bows-to, avoiding the end of the jetty where the ferries moor and the extension on the S side where the hydrofoils berth. Yachts can moor on either the N or S side, depending on wind conditions. Depths at the jetty range from under 2.0 metres at the root to 6.5 metres at the end. The jetty is a very unpleasant and possibly dangerous place to be in any strong winds with an easterly component. You also need to arrive early, especially in high season, as the jetty quickly fills up with yachts and fishing boats.


It is possible to anchor off San Pietro, at least 200 metres clear of the jetty to allow the hydrofoils and ferries room to manoeuvre. In unsettled weather or with any winds from E it is wise to clear out.

Buoy field/wiki/Panarea#Buoy_fieldBuoy icon Buoy field [[Panarea#Buoy field|Buoy field]] 38°38.493'N, 015°04.737'E Just N of San Pietro.

Good holding in sand (5m) in Baia Milazzesse/wiki/Panarea#Baia_MilazzesseAnchorage icon Baia Milazzesse [[Panarea#Baia Milazzesse|Baia Milazzesse]] 38°37.6′N, 15°03.9′E but exposed to everything from the South. Then walk 15 minutes along a lovely path North Eastwards to the town.


There are no facilities in the island for anything other than emergency repairs.  Pignataro Marina, with a mobile crane (70 T) and basic engine and electrical repair services, is the best spot for yachts in difficulty


Very limited.

Eating out

Several trattorias and hotels in San Pietro.


Inter-island ferries and hydrofoils. Onward ferries to Milazzo.


Half an hour's walk S from the jetty brings you to Punta Milazzese, where there is a Bronze Age settlement consisting of the remains of 23 huts. Finds from the settlement are exhibited in the museum in Lipari. Otherwise, the island is pleasant for walking around, exploring the coves and beaches, or simply chilling out and imagining you are a celebrity (even if you're not).


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Italy.


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