Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean sea and in Italy, with a land area of 25,706 sq km (9,925 sq miles), Because of its strategic location (latitude 38 degrees north), Sicily has been invaded countless times over the centuries, by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards. Each of the occupiers left behind their cultural influences that have blended to give Sicily a personality as distinctive as its Arabic-Norman architecture of the Middle Ages.
A visit to Sicily is an experience to be treasured.
Sicily’s horizons are filled with impressive and breath-taking sights, from Mount Etna (located to the east, is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world) to coastal castles and fishing villages.
Your Crew on board have the expertise to enlighten you with the fascinating culture and history on offer, as well as showing you the most beauitful bays, coves and anchorages, leaving you with a lifetime of memories.
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, is a city with a chaotic nature and a liking for rule bending.
Taormina is a small town on the east coast, between Mesina and Catania. It is said to be the Sicilian Monte Carlo. The most famous resort town in Sicily, if you’re want to see Sicily’s beauty and history in a single place, this is a good choice. It has gorgeous beaches on the Ionian, an extremely warm sea with very high salt content.
Marsala, worldwide famous for its wine making, it is one of the main ports to start your charter from.
The Aeolian Islands
Often referred to as the Aeolian Islands, the Lipari Islands are a volcanic archipelago (group of seven islands) visible from Sicily’s eastern Tyrrhenian coast, easily accessible by yacht from Milazzo or Messina. They are among the most celebrated charter destinations in the area. Lipari, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Panarea, Filicudi and Alicudi.
Protected by UNESCO, the landscape and atmosphere varies significantly from island to island. The history is recorded back at least 5,000 years and traces of the presence of man can be found in the form of prehistoric villages, ruins, excavations, pottery and tools.
Their food and wine are simply extraordinary, and some of the islands offer the rare experience of an almost vehicle-free environment.
Sailing here is away from the normal highly populated tourist tracks. Although Italians have been holidaying in the Aeolian islands for years, the rest of the world is only just now awaking to their charms.
The main island, Lipari, has a vibrant town and is a great place from which to explore. Vulcano, famed for its vast and sweeping black sand beaches and mud baths. Remote Stromboli, dominated by the active volcano Gran Cratere, offers incredible views for adventurous hikers and regular magma firework displays at night.
Vulcano to Lipari
Cruise from your port of departure to the island of VULCANO. Take a mud bath and swim in the bubbling, hot offshore water. In the afternoon head over to LIPARI.
Lipari has a vibrant night life with numerous restaurants, bars, and discos.
In the morning visit the Archeological Museum and the Castle in the town of Lipari. Then navigate to the island of. Stop for lunch at the beautiful Bay Cala Junco with excellent swimming and a nice hike to scenic ruins. In the afternoon move up the coast to either Cala Milazzese or to Scalo Ditella.
Navigate to the islands offshore of Panarea, either to Lisca Bianca or to Basiluzzo, enjoy a nice swim and then navigate to STROMBOLI. Navigate past the small town of Ginostra and then up the western facing coast keeping a good distance from the coast to better enjoy the view of the volcano in eruption.
Lay anchor at Ficogrande or on a buoy at Scari. In the evening take a guided tour to the top of the vulcano (very difficult hike, reservations required), or relax in the quiet town and have dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking the black sand beach.
Navigation from STROMBOLI to SALINA with a quick pass by Strombolicchio. In the afternoon anchor offshore Lingua and visit the small town with excellent Granita, a Sicilian icy dessert. Head up to Santa Marina for the evening. Numerous restaurants are available in Santa Marina.
If you are an early riser there is a nice hike up Salina to the Nature Reserve. Otherwise navigate over to the scenic bay of Pollara and anchor offshore the large sea arch for great swimming. Then navigate over to FILICUDI, lay anchor at Filo di Lorani.
Stop first at the Northeastern coast of FILICUDI for beautiful swimming. Otherwise, navigate to LIPARI and lay anchor at Porticello. Enjoy the Pumice beach and swim in turquoise, crystal clear water.