Sicily is Italy’s largest island, in the direct neighbourhood of the boot-shaped peninsula. The island is full of mountains and lowlands and it is a gem of the Mediterranean. You can find lots of smaller or bigger islands around Sicily, which can serve as excellent destinations for those sailing there.
This story highlights the following bullet points on Sicily:
- Sicily’s geography and winds
- Sicily’s islands
- Where is it worth mooring?
- Sailing in Sicily: Our one-week sailing route recommendation
This island full of forests and mountains is located in the Mediterranean Sea that separates it from the rest of Italy. The neighborhood of the island includes the Pelagie islands (to the southwest), the Egadi island groups, the island of Pantelleria (to the west) and the Lipari islands (to the north). On the east of the island south-eastern winds, on the southern side south-western winds, while on the western and northern side north western-western winds prevail. In the sailing season, the north-western wind blows from sunrise to sunset with the strength of 3-4 on the Beaufort scale. The western wind helps you sail to the east. The strength of sea currents can be felt south of Sicily.
When you leave Sicily behind you can find many smaller or bigger islands that expect you to discover them in the sea, when you sail there.
If you sail north, you can spot the Lipari-islands, which have a volcanic origin. You also find Lipari (Éoli), Vulcano, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Stromboli and Panarea islands here, of which Vulcano and Stromboli are active volcanoes until today. UNESCO World Heritage has added Lipari-islands on its list of world heritage sights.
If you turn northwest from the island, you find the island of Ustica. The village with the same name covers almost the whole area of the island. This small island with an area of 8.24 km² It is fast and easy to sail round and offers a pleasant view to visitors.
If you turn west, you find the Egadi-island groups and Pantelleria island near Sicily. The Egadi-islands is a collection of several islands, as you see from their name. The islands consist of two small and three large islands, Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo, Formica, Maraone (the latter two are actually just two small rocks). The three larger islands are inhabited and popular destinations among tourists. Summers are long and hot here, you can measure even 45 degrees and temperatures don’t sink under 5 degrees even in the coldest months. The other island in this direction is Pantelleria.
Pantelleria islands 100 km from Sicily and covers an area of 83 km². It is important to know that the island is closer to Tunisia than to Sicily. When you keep looking toward the island, you can realize that its only border is the endless blue horizon. If you sail to the south-west, you find the last island group, the Pelagie-islands. The island consists of three islands located between Tunisia and Sicíly. Although the islands are part of Sicily, two of them (Lampione and Lampedusa) already belong to the African continent. While Lampione is uninhabited, Lampedusa is inhabited. These are the islands to spot the breeding place of loggerhead sea turtles.
Marina di Portorosa is in the north of the island along a 4,000-meter long quay. It is a really elegant and modern port in the neighborhood of Fumari. It is adequately insured and protects you from winds. Lipari islands are very close, just a few kilometers away. The sea bottom is 3.5-5 meters here, while the port basin is 2.5-3.5 meters deep. Milazzo, where you find the port Marina del Nettuno is just a few kilometers to the east from here. This port on the peninsula can host max. 160 ships.
The port Marina is in the north of the island, east of Capo d’Orlando. The port is maintained for ships between lengths of 7.5-40 meters, it has 553 mooring spots on an area of 180,000 m2. The water depth is 3.5-5 meters here. Marina di Ragusa that belongs to Ragusa has a total of 700 yacht spots for tourists.
Sicily and its surroundings offer many sights for those sailing there. The list underneath presents a one week route that includes the most beautiful places and the most interesting islands for you. The duration of this route largely depends on whether how much time you want to spend at a certain place.
Departure from Messina, mooring at Milazzo, the discovery of the town, swimming, sailing around Lipari islands, scuba diving.
Marina di Portorosa mooring, the discovery of the neighbourhood, sailing to Capo d’Orlando, trying local gastronomy. Sailing to the beach of Lungomare Cefalú, swimming, the night spent in the old town.
Marina Villa Igiea mooring, then swimming at Palermo, lunch, visit to the city, discovering the nightlife.
Cala dello Zingaro beach on a nature protection area, scuba diving, exploring the area, the night spent at the Favignana island.
Exploring the island of Favignana, cave tour, long boat trip to Lampedusa, mooring at the island, walking around the island, night swimming.
Breakfast at Lampedusa, boating to Linosa island, swimming. Heading towards Sicily, mooring at the port of Marina di Ragusa, exploring the area and nightlife.
Port city of Catania, sights, trying local food, boating on to Taormina. Swimming and water sports there, the night spent in the city.
Returning to Messina.
Sicily is a wonderful and unique island with a volcano and it is also surrounded by three seas. It is easy to sail around and there are many famous and well-equipped ports for you to moor, where you’ll find it difficult to resist the wonderful wines and dishes. Discover the fantastic smaller islands that you fin din all travel brochures or make a short trip to a nearby town of Italy. Sicily is not only the home of The Godfather, but also of many sailors, fishermen, and seamen. Explore the island, where the love of sea and seafood is in the heart of culture.