is the smallest and the lowest of the Aeolian islands. The highest point is Timpone del Corvo, at an altitude of 421 metres.
Together with Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera, the Panarelli and the Formiche rocks, it forms a small archipelago that lies approximately mid-way between Lipari and Stromboli.
Panarea is covered in Mediterranean maquis vegetation, rich in prickly pear, agave, genista and capers, and with numerous century-old olive trees.
The crystal-clear seas boast endless nuances of colour.
The most alluring spot on Panarea is the exclusive Cala Junco bay, on the southernmost tip of the island, with a picturesque beach surrounded by rock walls formed by incandescent lava; at the top is the prehistoric village.
The houses on the island are grouped into three areas: San Pietro, Ditella and Drautto.
The main road that crosses Panarea from north to south is closed to cars, and weaves its way in and out the houses, offering some fabulous views, such as Stromboli and the cliffs that face the island.
Camping is not permitted on the island.
A series of paths and mule-tracks marked by lentisk, caper and myrtle bushes lead to Timpone del Corvo, from the top of which are unrivalled views out over the whole of the Aeolian archipelago.
Small motor boats can be hired directly from the local fishermen, allowing visitors to explore the marvellous Cala Junco bay and the islets of the little archipelago. There is a small sandy beach that can be reached on foot (about 20 minutes’ walk from the port) or by using the electric taxi service.
There are NO banks on the island. There are two ATM machines, but visitors are advised to bring cash for minor expenses, especially in the high season.