Panarea ferries connect Aeolian Islands with Italy & Sicily with crossings available to Naples Mergellina & Vibo Valentia (in Italy), Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Lipari, Ginostra & Rinella (in Aeolian Islands) & Milazzo & Messina (in Sicily). Sailings from Panarea are operated by numerous ferry companies.
There are up to 41 ferry crossings daily from Panarea with sailing durations starting from 20 minutes. Our Panarea ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
Panarea is a volcanic island north of Sicily, and is part of the eight Aeolian Islands that lay to the south of Italy. Many ferry routes depart the port each day, heading to popular tourist regions belonging to Italy and are supplied by Liberty Lines and Siremar.
Panarea is like a dormant volcano for three quarters of the year that roars into life during the glorious summer months. Head there in the winter and most places will be closed, yet when the sun shines down on the glamourous bars and boutique stores it transforms into a flourishing hub of fashionistas and bourgeoisie. Many tourists come for only a day or two to bask in the shamelessly lavish lifestyle that is synonymous with the island; luxury yachts line the harbour and exquisite sea food is served at the extravagant restaurants.
With little to do and even less to see, the island is predominantly used as a getaway for rich jetsetters that long for an escape from the strains and stress of the modern day. Only 300 people reside there permanently, so Italy’s most elegant and fashionable region can oftentimes feel like a secret party where many don’t receive an invite. However, the beauty and style of Panarea is definitely worth sampling, even for only a few days.
The island is car-free, therefore the only viable option is to travel by foot. Most of the restaurants, hotels and bars are located in fairly close proximity, so it is a comfortable stroll for most journeys.