Papesca Beach – Former Spiagge Bianche Beach

Papesca Beach is located on the east coast of Lipari and is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches on the island. The beach is also known as Spiagge Bianche (White Beaches) because of the particular colour of both the seabed and the sea. There were, in fact, eight different sites on the northeast coast of Lipari where pumice was extracted. The waste sand from processing this white stone accumulated in the sea, turning the seabed white and the sea turquoise. Since 2007, Lipari and the Aeolian Islands have been World Heritage Sites, which led to the closure of the quarries. Nowadays, there are no longer any “white beaches” on Lipari. Papesca Beach’s shoreline and seabed are made up of small and medium-sized rocks, so it is advisable to wear water shoes. There is a restaurant where it is possible to have lunch and a lido owned by the same establishment, where you can rent sun loungers and parasols. Papesca Beach can be reached by land, via a trail made up of a hundred or so steps, or by taking advantage of the various taxi boats that depart from Canneto Beach and take you directly to the island’s main beaches.

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