Santa Marina Salina is one of the main towns on Salina, one of the Aeolian Islands.
The Aeolian Islands are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. It is situated in the Province of Messina
in the Italian region Sicily
, located about 140 km northeast of Palermo
and about 70 km northwest of Messina.
The town is sparsely inhabited but the area boasts wonderful accommodation, vacation rental, condo rental, villa rental and apartment rental choices. Lodging ranges from cozy to luxurious to suit all types of travelers.
Main economic activity is agriculture. Produce includes prickly pears and olives. It has also a fish production based upon fishing of fresh fish and a good local wine, Malvasia is available here. Some villas in the area have been renovated and used for agro-tourism which is a wonderful way for visitors to experience rural Sicily.
Santa Marina Salina is placed in the centre of eastern coast of Salina isle and derives its name from the church of Santa Maria della Bitinia situated near the greatest salt pan of isles Eolie. Salina has a total surface area of 27 km². It is included on the World Heritage List especially because of its worth for volcanology. It is composed of six volcanoes
: the oldest ones are at Pizzo di Corvo, Monte Rivi and close to Capo Faro. These imposing natural giants look over the town and surrounding area and most accommodations, vacation rentals, villa rentals, condo rentals and apartment rentals have wonderful view thereof.
From a distance, Salina looks entirely green with two rounded high mountains and a smooth coastline. More than 400 different types of plants grow here. The cultivation of grapes, olives and capers are basically a rite. Salina was the first among the Aeolian island to protect its environment with a natural preserve, known as the Riserva Naturale del Fossa delle Felci e dei Porri. Hence accommodation, apartment rentals, vacation rental and villa rental options are operated in harmony with its natural surroundings.
Sites around Salina not to be missed are the salt lake
in Lingua was once a site for production of sea salt, hence the name Salina ("salt mill" in Italian). On the slopes of the Fossa, several Roman tombs have been excavated. The Sanctuary of the Madonna del Terzito
, located between Malfa and Leni in the saddle known as Valdichiesa between the twin volcanoes, and built in 1630. The religious centre of Salina, it attracts pilgrims on the main feast day of July 23 every year.
Holiday accommodations, vacation rentals, villa rental and apartment rentals in and around Santa Marina Salina are the perfect base for exploring one of the many beautiful Aeolian Islands.