Tumbling down the hillside to a small shingle beach, this settlement on Salina's north coast is the island's largest, though you'd never guess it from the tranquil atmosphere. About halfway between the town entrance and the sea is the main church square, the focal point of Malfa's laid-back social life, from which sloping lanes fan up and down the hillsides.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Salina attractions

1. Museo dell'Emigrazione Eoliana

0.26 MILES

This small museum, tucked behind the church on the main road above Malfa, documents the emigration of thousands of residents from Salina and the other…

2. Pollara

1.38 MILES

Don't miss a trip to sleepy Pollara, sandwiched dramatically between the sea and the steep slopes of an extinct volcanic crater on Salina's western edge…

3. Rinella

2.22 MILES

This tiny hamlet on the south coast is Salina's second port, regularly served by hydrofoils and ferries. Pastel-coloured houses huddle around the…

4. Santa Marina Salina

2.37 MILES

Salina's main port, Santa Marina is a typical island settlement with steeply stacked whitewashed houses rising up the hillside. The principal street is…

5. Lingua

3.35 MILES

Three kilometres south of Santa Marina Salina, the tiny village of Lingua is a popular summer hang-out, with a couple of hotels, a few trattorias and a…

6. Campo Bianco

8.19 MILES

A few kilometres north of the beach at Canneto lies the Campo Bianco quarry, where huge gashes of white rock streak down the green hillside. These are the…

7. Spiaggia della Papesca

8.71 MILES

Below Campo Bianco and the abandoned pumice mines at Porticello, this pebble beach is nicknamed Spiaggia Bianca in reference to the layers of white pumice…

8. Spiaggia di Canneto


The nearest beach to Lipari Town, and the most popular swimming spot on the island, is the long, pebbly strip at Canneto, 3km north of town on the other…