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A dramatic sailing holiday 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. On your yacht charter holiday be sure to visit Stromboli, the island Dolce & 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 also has a volcano that belches sulphurous smoke.

This is a popular sailing holiday destination with harbours and anchorages sheltered from the prevailing summer winds. The food is excellent and local people are very hospitable.

Sicily Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Filicudi Island

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    Lipari Harbour

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    Enjoy fresh local produce

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    Stromboli

    Sailing holidays in Sicily

    • Daily flights to Palermo
    • Enjoy a nightime light display as molten rock sprays from Stromboli
    • Average distances of 23nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 24-28 degrees
    • Can be affected by the stronger Mistral winds in August
    • Sail through the infamous Aeolian islands with their rich history
    • Marinas can be expensive, some up to €150
    • Anchor in the bays to avoid marina fees if you prefer
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Sant'Agata

    DAY 1 : Sant’Agata di Militello

    Sant'Agata is 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 : Sant’Agata di Militello (29nm)

    Sicily 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Journal

    Our experience

    Holiday details: Bavaria 38 on 1-week charter from Sant'Agata di Militello, Sicily

    Supplied by Jonathan Shears, Nautilus Yachting

    Day 1 - Stansted to Sant'Agata

    Sant'Agata-Marina,SicilyMy crew were not overly happy to be taking the 6.10am flight from Stansted but we wanted to allow plenty of time for the transfer from Palermo to the marina. From Palmero airport we took the 11am train to Palermo Centrale which cost €5/person. The trains do look somewhat dated but have air-conditioning and the journey only took 55 minutes. From Palermo Centrale we then got tickets to Sant’Agata (€7.35/person) which was a 2 hour journey. On the train we went over all the details of the holiday and checked the Joining Instructions to remind us of procedures on arrival.

    We could have walked from the station to the marina but it was very hot and we had a lot of luggage with us so we took a taxi which cost €12. I went to the base office where, as well as receiving all the charter contracts to sign, I was given a much needed bottle of cold water! The base manager ran over the cruising ground and took me to the yacht to run through the inventory.

    Once our luggage was on board, the base manager arranged for a free taxi to take us to the supermarket so we could get our provisions. We bought enough food and drink for the whole week which came to €143.

    Vulcano, SicilyDay 2 - Sant’Agata to Vulcano (30nm)

    After a leisurely breakfast we set sail at 10.10am. The wind was light so we motored along the coast for 2 hours before it picked up so we could sail to Vulcano Island. We moored at Porto di Levante because there was a strong westerly on the other side of the Island.

    At 3pm it was already very busy but at our third attempt the anchor held us in between two yachts so I checked the GPS to make sure it was fixed. We had our first swim in the lovely warm water and ate on board that night – chef had prepared a tasty pasta dish for us.

    Day 3 - Vulcano Island to Lipari (5.5nm)

    Lipari, SicilyAs we’d had a long sail yesterday we decided we would just hop over to Lipari today. It was an hour's sailing but made longer by putting in a couple of tacks. We arrived at Lipari at 1pm only to find the marina (Pignataro) fully booked until 19 August. The three pontoons just south of the marina were private so we decided on another night on anchor. We spent the rest of the day swimming and sunbathing.

    As we were anchored just south of the main town we went by tender to discover the smaller town that we were nearer to. We could take a bus to Lipari but we decided to have dinner and explore the area by foot. It was a very lively place with lots of restaurants and souvenir shops.

    Sunrise at Panarea, SicilyDay 4 - Lipari to Panarea (14nm)

    As we still had the outboard attached to the tender we decided to go ashore at Lipari to have some coffee and discuss our next port of call. Panarea was the obvious choice. We sailed for about 2.5 hours and then motored the rest of the way. We’d learnt over the last couple of days that we needed to get to places earlier in order to find mooring.

    At 3.30pm we arrived and slowly motored to Scalo Ditella Marina. We could have gone on the harbour quay but decided to anchor off and spent the afternoon relaxing. We watched another 70 or so yachts turn up and anchor and there was quite a party atmosphere. It was a chic Italian destination with 4 restaurants, 3 bars and a night club. It was clearly the place to be seen and even the President of Italy was rumoured to be staying in a large motor yacht somewhere here.

    Day 5 - Panarea to Stromboli (15nm)

    We set sail to Stromboli, an active volcano which we had seen spurting out lava last night. The winds were light, only around Force 2-3 but we managed to sail for a couple of hours. Stromboli was the highlight of the trip in terms of scenery. We anchored off San Vincenzo and spent another relaxing afternoon before going ashore for dinner. There is a limited choice of restaurants here but plenty of bars for day visitors. The cost of pizza and wine was roughly the same across all the islands, around €15/person.

    Day 6 - Stromboli to Salina (28nm)

    Salina, SicilyOur cruising guide recommended that we sail around the north end of Stromboli and down the west side. It was worth it as we could view the sheer size of the volcano and even got to see some molten rocks being chucked out. We did try to sail but the winds were too light so we motored the rest of the way, taking us around 3.5 hours.

    We had been warned by the base that refuelling at Sant’Agata could be difficult as the fuel station is sometimes shut and it’s also in an awkward position, so we refuelled at Salina instead. It’s very stress free as long as you can get there early. We spent €87 on fuel which also included a 22L jerry can so you can top up back at Sant’Agata. If you have any spare fuel then the base will reimburse you – we got back €10.

    We tried mooring at Salina but found that many berths were reserved for the mega yachts as August is the busy season, so we anchored south of the marina instead and went ashore for dinner. All the restaurants were very busy so we were lucky to get a table.

    Sailing in SicilyDay 7 - Salina to Sant’Agata (35nm)

    With a long day ahead of us we decided to treat ourselves to one last swim off the back of the boat before setting off at 9.30am. The wind had picked up to a Force 5, the most we’d had all week, so we had a very quick downwind sail and arrived back at base ahead of schedule. There are lazy lines attached to the pontoon at Sant’Agata so no anchor needs to be dropped.

    We set about cleaning the boat and 30 minutes later the base manager came on board to check over the yacht and inventory. We had only lost one glass and the cover to the emergency tiller, both covered by yacht insurance. The base reserved a table for us at the very popular pizzeria and by 10pm it was full to capacity.

    Day 8 – Sant’Agata to home

    We woke up at 8am to get ready to leave and after double-checking we hadn’t left anything, we began our journey back via taxi, train and plane. Punta Raisi (Palmero Airport) is a reasonable size with enough to do whilst waiting for flights and I had just enough time to finish off that all important holiday book.

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Sicily

    Sicily has ideal conditions for a sailing holiday. 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. Summer temperatures average 24-28ºC.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in Sicily.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Italy along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Palermo

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016EasyJet 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.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then 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.

    Transfers

    Booking your transfers from the airport to the base and vice versa could not be easier! Hoppa Transfers offer shuttles, express shuttles, minibus, private taxi and luxury private transfers depending on your needs. They serve over 7500 cities and resorts, via more than 700 airports, ports and train stations. For peace of mind, pre-book your airport transfer today. The transfer time to Sant'Agata and Portorosa is approximately 2 hours.


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"We spent a week in the company of Robert the skipper and Veronica the hostess on board Icarus sailing the north Ionian islands. Their hospitality was second to none, Roberts knowledge of the islands is amazing and Veronica laid on wonderful food and took care of our every need. The yacht is immaculate and very comfortable. The week went far too quick. We visited some amazing places and ate at some great restaurants. It was our perfect holiday experiencing something different every day. We hope to return again and would highly recommend."

Crewed Yacht Icarus 2018 - K.S.

Sicily Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Sant'Agata di Militello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

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Yachts from Sant'Agata di Militello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

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Yachts from Sant'Agata di Militello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

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26 May-23 Jun
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23 Jun-4 Aug
18 Aug-1 Sep
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Yachts from Portorosa Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

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After 29 Sep
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Yachts based at Sant'Agata di Militello

INCLUDED:
FREE outboard on yachts 50'+
Extras payable on embarkation:
YACHT SECURITY:
Refundable deposit €2000 up to 41', €3000 from 41' & catamarans OR Non refundable insurance €25/day
EXTRAS:
Service pack €170 for 2-3 cabin yachts, €190 for 4 cabin yachts & cats under 42', €200 for 5 cabin yachts & cats 42'+ (includes end cleaning, bedding & towels).
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1295/week + food and drink + own cabin

Yachts based at Portorosa

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2500- €3500
EXTRAS:
End cleaning €120 up to 43', €140 44-51', €160 cats. Cooking Gas €15
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.