Sicily

Sicily, a gorgeous island to be discovered by sea with your own sailboat to rent.

Well known for the beauty of its natural sites, Sicily offers to yachtsmen impressive coasts, peppered with golf courts, archipelagos and volcanoes. An ideal place for the rental of a sailboat or for a cabin cruise on a catamaran with skipper and fleet.

Sicile

Sicily owes its reputation to the beauty of its natural sites, the Etna volcano, for example and its impressive coasts, lined with islands and islets. Easily accessible from the airports of Palermo (180 km) and Catania (150 km) by train or by highway, Portorosa is not only the perferct port of departure for the Aeolian islands, but also for various other destinations for weekly cruises. Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano are located only 25 miles away. 3 hours of sail away, you will find yourself in the middle of an archipelago of 7 islands to discover at will after having rented your yacht or booked your cabin cruise. As soon as you have hoisted the mainsail and unrolled the genoa, you will be able to see the red and black rocks as well as the Indian fig trees of Alicudi, the bushes of Corncrake and the « Grotte du Taureau Marin » of Filicudi, the sulphurous vapours of the Etna volcano, the bold headlands of Salina and the white beaches of Lipari ; further away, you will see the « Faraglioni » and the small houses typical of Panarea with the dantesque view of the Stromboli right in front of you. 

Marsala

On the west coast of Sicily, Marsala is a practical point of departure to visit the Egades islands, the Island of Pantelleria or Lampedusa and its seabed well suited for marine hunting.

Portorosa

Dainty and modern, the marina of Portorosa is found on the north coast of Sicily, in the gulf of Patti, between Capo Tindari and Capo Milazzo, only a few miles away from the Aeolian islands, 1h30 from the airport of Catania and 2h30 from that of Palermo.

Tropea and Reggio di Calabria

The harbours of Tropea and Regio di Calabria in Italy are well located to set sail on the discovery of the Aeolian islands, the Strait of Messina and the eastern coast of Sicily (Taormina, Catania, Siracusa). Tropea and Reggio are easily accessible by plane from the internationa airport of Lamezia Terme.

Weather

The dominant winds in summer come from the north-west. The wind rises in the morning and blows at around force 3 to 4 to settle finally at night. It may sometimes blow from the south-west. The Sirocco, a strong south-easterly wind, may blow during spring. Tides and sea currents are practically non-existent, except in the Strait of Messina. The best months for the rental of a yacht or catamaran are from May to October.

Itineraries

Suggested routes (click on the map for further details) :

Sicile itinéraires à la voile

The sailboats and catamarans are available for rent at the Marina of Portorosa, at Marsala, at Palermo or at the Marina di Ragusa (click on the map for further details) :

  • Dainty and modern, the marina of Portorosa is situated on the North coast of Sicily, in the gulf of Parri, between Capo Tindari and Capo Milazzo, a few miles away from the Aeolian islands and near to Palermo.
  • On the west coast of Sicily, Marsala is a practical point of departure to visit the Egades islands, the Island of Pantelleria or Lampedusa and its seabed well suited for marine hunting.
  • In the south, the Marina di Ragusa offers you the incredible experience of sailing towards the Maltese archipelago made up of Malta, Gozo, Comino and the island of Manoel.

Suggested route 7 days from Portorosa (Aeolian islands)

Portorosa – Vulcano –Lipari – Salina – Panarea – Stromboli – Portorosa (90MN)

Suggested route 14 days from Portorosa (Strait of Messina)

Portorosa – Milazzo – Détroit de Messine – Messine – Taormina – Giardini Naxos – Détroit de Messine - Reggio di Calabria – Tropéa – Vulcano – Portorosa (190 MN)

Suggested route 14 days from Portorosa (North west of Sicily)

Portorosa –Vulcano – Lipari – Salina – Filicudi – Alicudi – Palerme – Cefalu – Portorosa (170MN)

Suggested route 7 days from Marsala

Marsala - Favignana - Marretimo - Levanzo - San Vito lo Capo - Trapani - Marsala (90MN)

Suggested route 7 or 14 days from Marina di Ragusa

Marina di Ragusa - Gozo - Malta - Siracusa - Ortigia - Plemmirio - Marina di Ragusa : 200 MN

Note : the proposed routes are based on a sailing time of 2-3 hours daily at an average speed of 5 knots. We will be more than happy to guide you on the organisation of your sailing trip. If you are on the look-out for other itineraries, give us a call and we will gladly answer you


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