This week, we premiere a new series “Weather watch” in which we look for the best weather happening in the world right now and suggest that you book a flight there immediately.
Today, we are featuring Panarea, a small island off the coast of Sicily, which may actually be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. And if you don’t believe us, take a look at this weather report (ignore Friday; you’ll be traveling anyway).
Where to stay: The Hotel Raya. One of the most luxurious hotel in the Aeolian Islands, the hotel is “a place where lovers of nature and peace and quiet can finally feel in tune with themselves.” Not bad. It features an organic (“bio”) restaurant where the produce has been grown “in accordance with the changing seasons, the cycles of the moon and the rhythms of the earth”; a boutique that sells items from Bali (nope, no idea why); terraces that look out onto the Aeolian sea and geothermal pools.
And the best part? Right now they are having a deal where you can stay three nights, one meal at bio restaurant, and two treatments (we assume at the spa) for € 800,00! Actually a pretty awesome deal.
What to eat: It’s Italy, so you can pretty much guarantee that anything you put in your mouth will be delightful. The Hotel Raya’s restaurant (mentioned above) is amazing, but so is Hycesia, a seafood restaurant with no menu, only a selection of fish from that day’s catch.
What to do: Swimming is (no surprise) the big thing to do in Panarea. Cala Junco is a cove that looks like this.
If for some reason you decide to leave that place, you can take a hydrofoil to visit other islands in the vicinity, such as Stromboli (which is a volcano that is constantly erupting) and Lipari, which has the archaeological museum with artifacts from the area, Museo Archeologico Eoliano.