Yacht Charter in Sicily
Dramatic sailing among the volcanic Aeolian islands off the northeast coast of Sicily.
What a dramatic destination for your sailing holiday! The Aeolian Islands lie 25 miles off the northeast coast of Sicily. This volcanic chain of seven islands is named after the wind god, Aeolus. Some of the islands have a rich history dating back to Ancient Greece, others are sparsely populated.
Today the Aeolian Islands are a favourite destination for Italian celebrities. Pay a visit to Stromboli, the island Dolce and Gabbana call home. As the sun sets, giant flames and molten rock spray from Stromboli’s crater like special effects in a Hollywood blockbuster. Vulcano has mud baths and a volcano that belches sulphurous smoke.
Although there are no really secure marinas, there are sufficient harbours and anchorages sheltered from the prevailing summer winds to make it well worthwhile sailing around this magnificent archipelago. Food is excellent and local people are very hospitable.
Sailing in Sicily
Start your yacht charter in Sicily from Sant'Agata di Militello, 160km east of Palermo, which gives easy access to the stunning sailing area among the volcanic Aeolian islands. The harbours and anchorages on the islands formed by volcanic peaks provide shelter from the north-westerlies. Marinas can be expensive so budget for Euro150 in the most popular marinas or anchor in the bay.
Yacht charter is also based at Marsala, a pleasant relaxed harbour on the west coast, from where you can sail to the Egadi Islands, just 25nm offshore and visit the three principal islands, Favignana, Marettimo and Levanzo.
DAY 1 : Embark at Sant’Agata di Militello on the north coast, an ideal starting point for sailing to the Aeolian islands.
DAY 2 : Vulcano (26nm). Rugged and barren, with lava eroded into fantastic shapes by the wind. There are therapeutic mud baths ashore.
DAY 3 : Stromboli (27nm). The only active volcano in the area, Stomboli is over 300 feet high and is visible for miles. The spectacular eruptive phenomena which can be admired from the sea! At night the red flow from the lava flow on the northwest coast is most impressive.
DAY 4 : Filicudi (33nm). Unspoilt and undeveloped, with stunning snorkelling and diving.
DAY 5 : Salina (12nm). One of the first national parks that was created in Sicily – it’s a peaceful island with all its original beauty.
DAY 6 : Lipari (10nm) The main and most populated island with a busy harbour. The port is small and busy. An excellent Aeolean museum exhibits remains from prehistoric through Phoenician, Greek, Carthaginian, Roman Byzantine, Norman and Spanish.
DAY 7 : Return to Sant’Agata di Militello (29nm).
The normal summer winds are from the north-west average Force 4, occasionally from the west. Stronger mistral winds can blow in August, lasting 1-2 days. Experience level 2.
Yacht charter in Sicily - Sant'Agata, Marsala & Portorosa
Kiriacoulis yachts in Sicily are based at Sant'Agata di Militello and can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. Yachts are also available from Marsala but discounts may vary.
Sunsicily have an excellent fleet of yachts based at Portorosa on the north coast of Sicily, just 15nm from tyhe Aeolian Islands. Saturday start & finish only but please note late arrivals will pay €00 for Sunday morning check-in
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO PALERMO:
easy Jet have flights from Gatwick to Palermo. With daily flights you can add on a few days for a city break in Palermo before or after your charter. Transfer time to Sant'Agata & Portorosa is 3 hours by train.