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The beautiful island of Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily also includes a few small islands such as the Aegadian Islands, Aeolian Islands, Pantelleria and Lampedusa.
During a yacht charter to Sicily you’ll find many well-protected anchorages and beautiful sites to explore. The major sailing centres include: Catania, Isola Salina, Marzamemi, Messina, Milazzo, Palermo, Pozzallo, San Giorgia and Syracuse. When sailing through Sicily it’s best to take it slow. Exposed anchoring is usually safe in settled weather but there are enough harbours and anchorages in the area for easy sailing.
Consider anchoring in Marina di Ragusa. This is a large bay with sand beaches and a sand bottom with great holding. Here you can enjoy nice restaurants and supermarkets for shopping. Take in the waterfront along the beach and appreciate this relaxing town.
The Aeolian Islands are a must-see even if it’s crowded – you won’t to miss out on the volcanic scenery. Anchorages here are exposed; lay a running moor or be ready to move if the weather suddenly changes direction. For the volcanic experience, anchor down in Vulcano where there are two good anchorages separated by a strip. Take a walk up the volcano path or even down into it. It will be an experience you’ll never forget!
Syracuse is a great place for shopping and markets. Here there is noteworthy architecture of the Greek variety. The cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo incorporates old fluted columns that were built around 500BC. For sailing, you can count on a good marina, town quay and it’s free to anchor in the well-sheltered harbour.
When chartering a yacht in Sicily, research all of the beautiful island and anchorages you may want to experience. If you need help, visit our suggested itineraries for Sicily, Italy and call us for more information.