A yacht charter in Sicily offers the perfect combination of island hopping and coastal exploration. Starting from Portorosa, Palermo or one of the smaller bases like the picturesque Capo d'Orlando, you can either explore the Sicilian mainland or head north towards the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands of Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Filicudi, Alicudi and the world-famous Stromboli island which is home to one of the most active volcanos in Europe. A yacht charter Sicily is ideal for beginners and intermediate sailors alike, as it offers relaxed yet exhilarating sailing in consistent winds and short sailing distances between anchorages.
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Most yachts in Sicily are based in Portorosa and Palermo, however, many charterers prefer the picturesque Capo d'Orlando as the starting point marina for their sailing holiday. Depending on the base that you will be starting from, you can choose one of the many Sicilian airports. Catania Airport is 150 km far from Portorosa, Reggio Calabria Airport is 60 km far and Palermo Airport 210 km. The closest airport to Palermo is naturally the airport of Palermo which is called "Falcone Borsellino Airport".
Transfer Time (Portorosa): 1 hour and 30 mins
Transfer Time (Palermo): 30 mins
Transfer time (Capo D'Orlando): 2 hours
Sicilian yacht charter bases are open from March and until November as weather conditions are very mild and pleasant throughout most months of the year. You can expect mainly North winds of 5-20Knots and sunny days with the temperature ranging between 20 and 30 degrees Celcius. This warm climate and easy line-of-sight navigation make Sicily the ideal year-round sailing destination, with the exception of only a few months during winter.
Should you choose to head towards the Aeolian Islands, Stromboli should be at the top of your list. You can actually see the volcano's eruptions and lava from your boat at night, which is a stunning spectacle.
Sicily really is a foodie paradise and you shouldn't miss the local specialties such as the local pistachio pesto, "cucunci" and Sicilian arancini.
Lastly, and although most visitors head towards the Aeolian Islands, Capri, Pompeii, as well as the famous Vesuvius and Etna are all within easy reach.
⚓ Day 1. Palermo (check-in)
⚓ Day 2. Palermo – Filicudi 60NM
⚓ Day 3. Filicudi – Stromboli 33NM
⚓ Day 4. Stromboli – Messina 40NM
⚓ Day 5. Messina – Vulcano 34NM
⚓ Day 6. Vulcano – Cefalu 50NM
⚓ Day 7. Cefalu – Palermo 30NM
⚓ Day 1. Portorosa (check-in)
⚓ Day 2. Portorosa - Vulcano 20NM
⚓ Day 3. Vulcano - Filicudi 23 NM
⚓ Day 4. Filicudi - Salina 14 NM
⚓ Day 5. Salina - Stromboli 22NM
⚓ Day 6. Stromboli - Lipari 25 NM
⚓ Day 7. Lipari - Portorosa 22 NM