Sicily is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean. As it is located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been a place in history for many maritime clashes, while today it is the ideal destination for numerous maritime activities, primarily cruises. Thanks to the excellent Mediterranean climate, cruise Sicily and the surrounding islands can be truly exciting and unique.
Sicily is surrounded by the Mediterranean, Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea, making it the perfect destination for holidays and cruises. On the northern coast of Sicily, there are the Aeolian and Lipar islands, named after the largest island in this group, the island of Lipari. In addition to the Lipari Islands, Sicily is surrounded by the Egadi Islands, the islands of Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Ustica and many others.
Sicily is located in the very center of the Mediterranean and represents a peculiar crash of cultures for thousands of years. It is the largest and the southernmost Italian island that has been for years and one of the most popular holiday resorts in Italy. The 1500 km long coastline is very diverse and full of surprises. The capital of Palermo is the center of Sicily and is always vibrant and full of contrast. He goes to the Tyrrhenian Sea, and its coast is vivid, rich in green vegetation and interesting cliffs. Palermo is especially famous for its history, architecture, culture and gastronomy. In the north of Sicily lies the real tourist city of Cephalous, which also enters the Tyrrhenian Sea. The streets of this city continue to roam the antique Sicilian spirit. And here you can still see the ruins. On the east coast of Sicily there is Catania, the second largest city on the island. It enters the Ionian Sea, it is surrounded by greenery and is adorned with beautiful squares, wide streets and buildings of volcanic rock, of which the most famous is the Elephant Fountain, which is the symbol of the city. One of the most popular destinations in Sicily is Taormina, a town on the eastern coast of Sicily, from which there is a unique view of Etna volcano. The true historical pearl of Sicily is the Syracuse which is built on the remains of the ancient Greek settlement.
Egadi Islands are only a few miles from the coast of Sicily and their crystal clear waters are the ideal cruise destination during the summer months.
The Aeolian Islands are on the northeast coast of Sicily and they really form a small paradise. The archipelago has a total of seven islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stomboli, Alicudi, Filicudi) that are ideal for all water sports and cruising.
Named Scala dei Turchi for the Arab pirates (colloquially known as ‘Turks’) who according to legend hid out here in stormy weather, this blindingly white, staircase-like rock formation is Sicily’s most dazzling beach backdrop.
Cefalù’s long crescent of soft, golden sand is a dreamy place to spend some time. Basking here in the sun, gazing across the blue-green waters at the palm-fringed medieval cathedral backed by craggy cliffs, you may just be seduced into staying longer than expected.
Despite the fact that it is one of the prettiest beaches in Sicily, this long stretch of golden sand backed by white cliffs remains remarkably secluded.
It is a semi-circular rocky beach with blissfully translucent water, which makes it the best place for snorkelling in Sicily.
The yacht charter season in Italy starts from May through the beginning of October.
The high season runs from the first week of August till the third week of August where the temperature is around 25°C.
The amount of wind varies greatly depending on the location and time of year. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily tend to enjoy more wind than the Bay of Naples and the Riviera but, in general, there is a lot less during the summer months than other times of the year. In the meantime, the variety of scenery, the fabulous climate, the beautifully clear water and Italian food and wine certainly go some way to make up for the lack of wind!
The warmest months are July and August, with average temperatures of 25°C/77°F and day temperatures often well over 30°C/90°F
It is always a smart idea to avoid peak seasons, both in terms of charter cost but also to avoid crowed beaches, marinas and restaurants. The following graphs depict the demand* for yacht holiday in respect with average precipitation and average temperature.
To avoid peak seasons while still having comfort weather conditions, start your trip from second half of June until first half of July or the second half of August until first week of September.
There are four main airports in Sicily. Palermo and Catania are served by flag-carrier and low-cost airlines, while Trapani and Comiso specialise in low-cost European flights.
To get to the West part of Sicily & the Egadi Islands is best to land to Palermo or Trapani airport, and start your trip either from Palermo, Trapani or Marsala.
To get to the Aoelian Islands, is best to land to Catania airport and start your trip from Portorosa, Milazzo, Capo d' Orlando, Palermo, or you can take the ferry from Milazzo, Messina or Palermo to reach directly to Lipari island and start your trip from there.
To get to Catania Coast, is best to land to Catania or Comiso airport, and start your trip from either Catania or Syracuse marinas.
Italy is an EU country, and hence EU citizens require no visa to enter the country, while non EU citizens have to check before travel.
The official currency is Euro.