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 yachting there.

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Sicily – the island of the Sun – has beautiful landscapes to offer. The view of the island is determined by wonderful baroque towns, fantastic beaches with cliffs and pebbles and the enormous Etna volcano. The mountains and valleys of natural beauty, almost hidden towns, the rich historical past and the pleasant sea air are all very attractive. You make a good choice, if you spend your holidays here. Everyone will be charmed by Mediterranean life style, old palaces, original houses on narrow and crooked streets and the hospitality of locals.

Location of Sicily

Sicily is the largest island of the Mediterranean Sea and the seventh largest island of Europe. It lies at the bottom of the boot of Italy. Its territory is 25,700 km2 and the island has about 5 million inhabitants. Europe’s largest volcano Etna (3370 m) can be found here not far from the city of Catania. The following islands also belong to Sicily: Lipari-islands (north), Ustica (northwest), Egadi island group (at the western coast), Pantelleria and Pelagie islands (southwest).

History of Sicily

Sicily was inhabited by many peoples over the centuries. Many invaders stayed there, then left the island and each of them made a specific impact on Sicily’s culture. It was first Greek colonisers who arrived on the island, they established the first cities there: Siracusa, Messina, Catania. It took three great wars for the Romans to invade Sicily, those were the Pun wars. In the next centuries the island’s rulers changed many times, e.g. Spain, Poland, Holy Roman Empire, France, etc. Following many wars the County of Sicily was established on May 15, 1946.

Main sights of Sicily

It is very difficult to highlight some sights of Sicily, as there are so many wonderful ones. However, you shouldn’t miss these places by any chance, if you happen to be on the island.

Taormina:

This place’s special location has attracted tourists for thousands of years. It is high above the Mediterranean Sea and just opposite the volcano Etna. Masses of tourists visit it each year, especially from May to September. The calmer period of the year lasts from October to March. This place has inspired many international writers and artists, mainly the Greek theatre dating from the 3rd century b. C., the Isola Bella nature protection area, the ruins of Naxos and San Nicolo basilica.

Palermo:

Palermo is Sicily’s capital. It is an exotic city with some African atmosphere, but mostly a chaotic city with a thousand faces and many sights. Walking in the streets you can be amazed by the beauty of cupolas and churches, but in some districted you are astonished by the sight of ghettos. Each place of the city talks about something that you should experience yourself. Palermo has many architectural sights, especially Norman buildings are worth noting. The variety of street food and markets is also typical for Palermo.

Siracusa:

Cicero has already said that „it is the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all”. Perhaps this saying has also contributed to making Siracusa join the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The city is connected to the mainland by bridges. The cultures and peoples that had got settled here all marked their heritage in the city leaving various churches and buildings behind. The city’s architecture is characterised by Sicilian baroque style. Besides the baroque palaces and crooked tiny streets the most pleasant part of Siracusa is the coastal promenade. Here you should drink a glass of excellent wine watching the sunset and admire the breath taking view.

Cefalu:

Cefalu is only an hour away from Palermo, therefore you should make a trip here by all means. The town is small enough to be discovered by walk. Fishermen’s boats will frequently follow each other in the small port. The coastal promenade called „lungomare” was created for evening walks. This is when streets and houses are illuminated and lights also shine on the mountain above the houses. One of the greatest sights of Sicily is the Arabic-Norman cathedral, in which you can see ancient Byzantine mosaics.

Turkish stairs – Scala dei Turchi:

It is one of the most special natural sights of Sicily, a building white cliff with stairs that is hundreds of meters long. The mildly steep cliff is easy to walk and the neighbourhood is suitable for swimming. It is an excellent spot to watch a fantastic sunset.

Beaches in Sicily

You can find beaches of different colours (sand, pebbles, golden, mustard, lava black) on the island. The great advantage is that it has many well-equipped beaches near the cities. It is worth visiting the beaches of neighbouring smaller islands too in the main season.

Isola Bella, Taormina:

Taormina’s most beautiful beach was named after the tiny island in front of it, which is covered by an ancient dense forest. It has an extremely clean sea and a well-equipped beach, where you can also rent parasols and sunbeds,. The dream-like beach is in a wonderful bay that you can visit by chairlift from Taormina. The water is getting deep fast, which makes is very suitable to try water sports too.

Mondello, Palermo:

This beach offering sports facilities is just a few kilometres from Palermo. It attracts tourists by a wonderful white sand and palm trees. The beach is located between the picturesque Gallo and Pellegrino mountains. Mondello’s symbol is the wonderful Art Nouveau building, the Charleston.

Lungomare di Cefalu, Cefalu:

The golden-coloured Lungomare, which is the most beautiful beach of Cefalu, is only a few steps from the historical town centre. As a picturesque background of the coast section you can see the colourful buildings of the one-time fishermen’s village and this image makes the coast the favourite of artists and locals. It is perfect for silent relaxation and sunbathing.

Weather in Sicily

Sicily’s weather is classically Mediterranean with a hot summer and a mild winter. You should visit it from May to October, when you have real summer weather. If you plan a more active holiday, you’d better choose May, June, September or October, because during this period the daytime temperature usually reaches 24-26 degrees, which makes sightseeing a lot more pleasant than doing the same in the heat of July of August.

Bareboat yacht charter in Sicily

Sicily is the southernmost of Italy’s six main sailing regions (Adriatic Sea, Italian Riviera, Tuscany, the bay of Naples, Sardinia and Sicíly). The sailing season may be as long as March to November in Sicily. During the main season the sea wind arrives from northwest, will blow from the morning with a medium power and will stop by the night. The open water surface around it is so huge that there is great water move even in a light breeze. The sea surface is more influence by the presence and strength of winds that actual high or low tides, which make a difference of max. half a meter everywhere. Almost each town has a port, so you can stop to relax almost everywhere. Sailing in Sicily will give you an experience for life! Sicily, which is surrounded by three seas, is Italy’s largest island and expects visitors with experiences that make a great impression on them. Europe’s largest operating volcano, the azure blue sea, the excellent wines and the delicious cheeses are just a few of the many attractions you may find on the island. The coast is decorated by wonderful palm trees and even main roads are paved by oleanders scenting and being in full bloom in a fabulous way. Find yacht routes in Italy or choose another bareboat charter in Italy.

Weather in Sicily

The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Sicily. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.

Wind rose in Sicily
Wind speed in Sicily

The wind rose for Sicily shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Sicily shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.

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Day 1. Milazzo – Vulcano Porto 35,21 km (21,88 mi), Day 2. Vulcano Porto – Filicudi Porto 39,19 km (24,35 mi),Day 3. Filicudi Porto – Santa Marina Sailina 28,71 km (17,84 mi), Day 4. Santa Marina Sailina – Stromboli 41,63 km (25,87 mi), Day 5. Stromboli – Panarea 22,72 km (14,12 mi), Day 6. Panarea – Lipari 21,85 km (13,58 mi), Day 7. Lipari – Tono – Milazzo 40,64 km (25,25 mi)

Sicilian yachting itinerary

Day 1. Marsala – Isola Grande 11.47 km (7.12 mi), Day 2. Isola Grande – Favignana 16.33 km (10.15 mi), Day 3. Favignana –Marettimo 23.49 km (14.59 mi) , Day 4. Marettimo – Isola Levanzo 23.38 km (14.53 mi), Day 5. Isola Levanzo – Trapani 14.87 km (9.24 mi), Day 6. Trapani – Mozia 17.54 km (10.90 mi), Day 7. Mozia – Parco – Salinella 14.10 km (8.76 mi)

yachting itinerary Sicily

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