Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, islands of great beauty to discover by sea.

Renowned for the splendor of their natural sites, they offer boaters impressive coasts, punctuated by gulfs, archipelagos and volcanoes. An ideal place to rent a sailboat or to cruise on a catamaran with or without skipper and crew.

Sicile - location voilier et catamaran

Sicily is famous for the beauty of its natural sites, such as the volcano Etna, and its impressive coastline, bordered by islands and islets. Easily accessible from the airports of Palermo (180 km) and Catania (150 km), to which it is connected by freeway and direct train, Portorosa is an ideal starting point for the Aeolian Islands, but it also offers many other itineraries for weekly sailing or catamaran cruises. Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano are only 25 miles away. A few 3 hours of navigation you find yourself in the middle of an archipelago of 7 islands to explore at your leisure after renting your sailboat or your cabin in a splendid catamaran. As soon as you have hoisted the mainsail and unfurled the genoa, you will be able to see the red and black rocks and the green of the Indian fig trees of Alicudi, the broom bushes and the "Grotto of the Marine Bull" of Filicudi, the typical sulphurous vapors of Vulcano, the majestic headlands of Salina and the white beaches of Lipari; A little further on, you will spot the "Faraglioni" and the characteristic little houses of Panarea, with the Dantesque spectacle of the flanks of Stromboli right in front of you.

Marsala

On the west coast of Sicily, Marsala is a convenient starting point to visit the Egadi Islands, the island of Pantelleria or Lampedusa and its seabed suitable for underwater hunting.

Portorosa

Elegant and modern, the marina of Portorosa is located on the northern coast of Sicily, in the Gulf of Patti, between Capo Tindari and Capo Milazzo, only a few miles from the Aeolian Islands, 1.5 hours from Catania airport and 2.5 hours from Palermo airport.

Tropea and Reggio di Calabria

The ports of Tropea and Reggio di Calabria, in Italy, are perfectly located to discover the Aeolian Islands, the Strait of Messina and the eastern coast of Sicily (Taormina, Catania, Siracusa). Tropea and Reggio are easily accessible by air via the international airport of Lamezia Terme.

Weather

The prevailing summer winds are from the northwest. The wind rises in the morning and blows at force 3 to 4 then calms down at night. It can sometimes come from the southwest. In spring, the Sirocco, a strong southeast wind, can occur. Tides and currents are practically absent, except in the Strait of Messina. Renting a sailboat or catamaran in Sicily is very pleasant from May to October.

Itineraries

Proposed itineraries (click on the map below for more details):

Sicile itinéraires à la voile - location voilier et catamaran

Sailboats and catamarans for rent can be found in Marina di Portorosa, Marina di Capo D'Orlando, Marsala, Trapani, Palermo or Marina di Ragusa (click on the map below for more details):

  • Elegant and well-equipped, the marina of Portorosa is located on the northern coast of Sicily, in the Gulf of Patti, between Capo Tindari and Capo Milazzo, only a few miles from the Aeolian Islands and close to Palermo.
  • On the west coast of Sicily, Marsala is an ideal starting point for visiting the Egadi Islands, the island of Pantelleria or Lampedusa and its underwater hunting grounds.
  • To the south, the Marina di Ragusa offers you the unusual experience of a crossing to the Maltese archipelago composed of Malta, Gozo, Comino and Manoel Island

Suggested itinerary 7 days from Portorosa (Aeolian Islands)

Portorosa – Vulcano –Lipari – Salina – Panarea – Stromboli – Portorosa : 90 NM (7 days)

Suggested itinerary 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 NM (14 days)

Suggested itinerary 14 days from Portorosa (North West Sicily)

Portorosa –Vulcano – Lipari – Salina – Filicudi – Alicudi – Palerme – Cefalu – Portorosa : 170 NM (14 days)

Suggested itinerary 7 days from Marsala

Marsala - Favignana - Marretimo - Levanzo - San Vito lo Capo - Trapani - Marsala : 90 NM (7 days)

Suggested itinerary 14 days from Marina di Ragusa

Marina di Ragusa - Gozo - Malta - Siracusa - Ortigia - Plemmirio - Marina di Ragusa : 200 NM (14 days)

Note: The proposed itineraries are based on a navigation of 2 to 3 hours per day at an average speed of 5 knots. If you are looking for other itinerary ideas or have any questions, please contact us. We will be happy to help you plan your cruise.


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