It’s time to explore Salina
We hire a car and drive through Santa Marina to Lingua on the other side of the island.
Overlooking Lipari, Lingua is a small village of four restaurants and a few shops. White washed holiday homes climb the hill behind. Nearby is the Hauner Winery, makers of the island’s famous Malvasia wine
But most people come to Lingua for the home made granitas at “Da Alfredo”
Da Alfredo is an institution, famous for it’s pane cunzato and home made granita.
Once you have decided which granita to have, you must decide whether to have it in a brioche or a glass.
Unfortunately figs were not in season but I can recommend the mulberry(gelsi), peach(pesca), strawberry(fragola) and lemon granitas. I’m also told that the jasmine and almond granitas are pretty good!
Peach and mulberry granite
Pane Cunzato are made from grilled flat bread topped with a combination tomato, capers aubergine, tuna, olives, ricotto and mozzarella
Be warned. They are huge – one is enough for two people!
Choose your combination
Next time we want to arrive in this convertable apè!
After lunch, we head inland. The road to Leni winds between Salina’s twin volcano peaks, Monte Fosse delle Felci and Monte del Porri, passing the small town of Valdichiesa. Covered with vegetation and vines, this protected nature reserve is the reason Salina is known as the green island.
There are many different walks in the area. One of the most popular, is to follow the tracks from Leni to the town of Rinella, with its black sand beach and small harbour.
Via Marina Garibaldi