Alicudi

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Alicudi
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The jetty at Scalo Palomba, Alicudi

Alicudi, the second smallest and westernmost of the Aeolian Islands in Italy, lies just under eight miles W of Filicudi and 25 miles W of Lipari. It is an almost perfectly circular island, the tip of a long-extinct volcano, and its steep, difficult terrain and isolated position (together with frequent pirate incursions) have long made it a less attractive proposition for settlement than the other islands in the group. Nevertheless, there are settlement traces dating back to 1700 BC and archaeological evidence of habitation during the Roman period. Today, a mere 120 or so inhabitants extract a precarious living from fishing, small-scale agriculture and even more limited tourism. There is a stub jetty at the island's ferry port, Scalo Palomba, although most yachts generally prefer to anchor off in settled weather.

Charts

British Admiralty
172 - Isole Eolie
Italian
915

Weather

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).

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

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For islands that have their own page list them as shown below.

  • [[Island1]]
  • [[Island2]]

Communication

Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

The island is everywhere steep-to and there are no dangers.

Berthing

There is a small jetty at the island's main port of Scalo Palomba, with depths of around 2.0 metres towards the end. However, space here is very limited and most yachts will need to anchor off. Depths drop off quite quickly and you will be anchoring in 10.0 – 15.0 metres. Needless to say, the island should only be visited in settled weather.

Anchorages

None, other than Scalo Palomba.

Yacht Services and Repairs

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

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

No facilities.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

There no roads on Alicudi. The houses are clustered around the port area and connected by centuries-old stone pathways. Electricity and telephone connections were only introduced in the 1990s. The summit of the volcano makes a good challenge for the energetic.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Very limited.

Eateries

One trattoria/hotel in Scalo Palomba.

Internet/WiFi

None.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

No.

Garbage Disposal

Better to take it with you.

Transportation

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

Friends

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

Forums

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

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

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