Geek Travel Mud bath Vulcano Island

Published on July 22nd 2013

Aeolian Islands-Vulcano and Lipari Tour (Vulcano Mud Bath)

Mud bath Vulcano IslandOnce we got our fill of Lipari, we were hustled back onto the boat to head to the Vulcano Island mud bath. Which, in my opinion, was the funnest part of my trip to Sicily!

Vulcano Island is a..well..volcanic island. The volcanic activity isn’t (too) harmful but instead has created one of the coolest spots for tourists interested natural wonders to visit- a mud bath.

Supposedly, the bath could make your skin look 5 years younger. Being an aging 25 year old, I was like “PERFECT!

Just what I need!” I’ve heard that Asians age really well, maybe this is why! They travel the world with their umbrellas, bum bags and fancy-pants digital cameras and bathe in sulphuric mud frequently.

The smell

As the boat approached Vulcano, I starting noticing a weird ‘pooey’ smell. I thought that I was maybe standing next to a big blue waste disposal bin or something.

But as the boat docked and I stepped onto the island oh my god, the nasty smell got stronger! I then clocked that it was the island that smelt like ‘arse’, literally.

You get used to it and the searing heat is also a distraction. You have to walk up this little road past some little stalls. The spring is on the other side of these rock walls, I was was excruciatingly excited as you can hear all the tourists on the other side of the walls:

Walking to mud bath

Walking to mud bath

Follow the fencing round and then you finally get to a little hut. Here’s a map:

Map of mud bath Vulcano island

Map of mud bath Vulcano island

Entry is 2 Euros per person and you get a plastic token to activate the showers (more on that later).

Vulcano Island mud bath entry prices

Vulcano Island mud bath entry prices

I couldn’t wait to get in but my god did it smell. Rotten eggs isn’t exactly appealing when you’re looking for a relaxing soak amongst the volcanic rock formations but I still took the time to nab some photos:

Mud bath Vulcano Island view from entrance

Mud bath Vulcano Island view from entrance

Mud bath Vulcano Island

Mud bath Vulcano Island

Me in front of mud bath Vulcano Island

Me in front of mud bath Vulcano Island

So much heat

Oh just to give you an idea of how hot it was on the day:

Temperature of mud bath

Temperature of mud bath

The ground was super hot from both the sun and the hot springs underneath the rocks. I made the mistake of taking my flip flops off to walk into the pool but didn’t make it and had to return and get the flip flops.. Here’s a pic of some decking they put over the particularly hot areas to stop tourists from hurting themselves:

Melted decking- there was gas coming out of it and everything!

Melted decking- there was gas coming out of it and everything!

What you end up doing in the mud spring

There are so many tourists in the spring at one time you end up (subtly) fighting for the best spots of the spring that yields the soft clay. The squidgy clay was much nicer to spread on yourself than the gravelly stuff where the clay’s been mined out:

gravel vs clay

gravel vs clay

Once thoroughly covered in your clay, lots of people choose to stand about in the sun:

My dad covered in sulphur mud standing about

My dad covered in sulphur mud standing about

Hadoukening at the mud springs at Vulcano Island

Hadoukening at the mud springs at Vulcano Island (ignore the flab-camera adds 200 pounds doesn’t it?)

And then I decided to have a soak/skulk in the water:

Crocodile me

Crocodile me

And to finish off, a lava sand beach was about 10 seconds walk away from the spring. The sand is a lovely grey speckle colour and again the springs underneath make certain spots of the beach hot.

Geothermal lava beach- Vulcano Island

Geothermal lava beach- Vulcano Island

The water was a lovely (I’m a wimp when it comes to swimming in cool water) but the geothermal springs run under the sea and make it a comfortable bathing temperature. There were some boulders in the water that were slightly warm and nice to sit on.

There are some hot spots in the sea that make individual rocks super hot to step on (which my mum discovered) so watch out for the bubbles:

Geothermal spring bubbles-hot spot!

Geothermal spring bubbles-hot spot!

I was so gutted when it was time to shower and leave.

Back on the boat, we sat and nommed on some crisps while we waited for it’s departure. All the passengers seemed very chilled after their soaks and looks of zen were abundant as the boat pulled away from the dock. AND THEN WE HEAR A WOMAN WAIL.

Screams and shouts and lots of banging followed. She had realised her husband was still on the island! Pleads for the captain to turn around were to no avail.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who wanted to stay on the island…

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3 Responses to Aeolian Islands-Vulcano and Lipari Tour (Vulcano Mud Bath)

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  2. Tatyana says:

    Hi) Nice article) I also have visited this place recently) it was a nice experience!
    Did you wear any silver jewelry on you? I removed everything except earings, then took a rinse-shower,
    put them back and later I found my necklace, ring, bracelets are fully black! ))
    Do you happen to know why the silver got black?

    • Cindy Cindy says:

      Hi Tatyana, well I heard that it’s because the sulphur in the mud reacts with the metal but my science-fu isn’t strong enough to know if that’s true or not!

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