Spiaggia Valle i Muria

Spiaggia Valle i Muria information

Lonely Planet review

This dark, pebbly beach on the southwestern shore, lapped by clean waters and surrounded by dramatic cliffs, is one of Lipari's best swimming and sunbathing spots. The turnoff, about 3km west of Lipari Town, is easily reachable by car, scooter, or local bus; follow the road towards Pianoconte until you see signs. From here, it's a steep 15-minute downhill walk.

The route down to the beach starts as a paved road, but eventually narrows to a dirt trail, passing through an idyllic landscape of long grass, flowers and cacti. Slogging back up the hill is a real workout, so come prepared for the day with water, sunscreen and a picnic lunch.

In good weather, Lipari resident Barni serves food and drinks from his rustic cave-like bar on the beach, and also provides boat transfers to and from Marina Corta in Lipari (€5/10 one way/return). This is an especially nice way to get home after a long day on the beach. Navigating through the faraglioni (rock spires) of Lipari's western shore at sunset, with Vulcano's crater smoking on the horizon, is an unforgettable experience.