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Alicudi island: photos, description (Isola Alicudi)

Alicudi is the most westerly of the Aeolian Islands. This volcanic island was formed about 150 thousand years ago on the site of Montagnola volcano, now sleeping. Alicudi, an area of about 5.2 square kilometers, has a circular shape. 20 km to the East lies the island of Filicudi.

The name comes from the Greek word "ericusa" - so ancient Greeks named Heather, very common on Alicudi. Despite the fact that the first people on Alicudi appeared in the 1700-1800-m the BC for many centuries the island was uninhabited, and only in the Middle ages, like the others Aeolian Islands, has become a base of pirates. A permanent population appeared only in the 18th century. Today Alicudi is home to slightly more than a hundred people who are engaged in fishing and cultivation of peaches and agave. Come here and tourists, which was a restaurant with fish menu. The last on the island attracts the leisurely pace of life and unspoiled nature only here you can see a huge fish-groupers, who curiously swim up to tourists. Due to the nature of the landscape on the island there are no roads, and the bike speeds through with difficulty. Climbing through the lava rocks falls on foot or by donkeys who carry the Luggage of tourists from the Wharf to the houses, scattered along the coast. On Alicudi not find discos, pizzerias, snack bars, pubs, boutiques, hairdressers, bakery and gambling halls - there is only one hotel with a restaurant, two shops and a coffee kiosk. And wonderful, untouched nature and rocky beaches, clean sea and indescribable beauty of the landscapes that offer recreation and total relaxation.

The reef Palumbo traces of settlements of the bronze age (16th-17th centuries BC) and on the Eastern shore of found ceramic shards from Ancient Rome, perhaps, traces of a shipwreck. The only beach which can be reached by land - Alicudi Porto. Rest will have to go on the boat. Divers will enjoy the dive in the reef of Scoglio Galera with its rich marine life and crystal clear water.