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Sicily: perfect place for sailing

Best sailing areas in Sicily. Sailing routes, weather and wind details, facts about region and important details to sail in Sicily.

Sailing trip in Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in Italy. It is separated from the Italian mainland by the Strait of Messina. In the north, it is washed by the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the east - by the Ionian Sea.

 

Sicily has a mostly mountainous landscape and is home to the highest active volcano in Europe - Etna.

Sailing season
June - September
Travel season
May - October
Marinas in this location
20
Boats in this location
82

Main facts about region

Telephone code:
+39
Language:
Italian
Timezone:
UTC+1, in summer UTC+2
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Population:
4,969,147

Why do yachtsmen prefer the Sicily?

Sicily is the largest island of the Mediterranean, the heart of tourism and a great place for yacht cruise. It’s washed by the waters of three seas: the Mediterranean, Tyrrhenian and Ionian. Also, The Suez Canal and Gibraltar are not far away.

 

The international airport is located in the capital of Sicily, Palermo. You can get here both by airplane from any corner of Europe and by ferry from Italy.

 

The climate is mild Mediterranean. The high season for yacht trips in Sicily lasts all summer months. The low season is from October to April. Yacht leasing is still possible during these months, but the weather can get worse and heavy rains are possible.

Routes and Events in Sicily

  • The main attraction of the island is Mount Etna. This is the largest active volcano in Europe situated in the western part of the island.
  • Lovers of history and culture of ancient Greece should see The Temple of Olympian Zeus in the western part of the island.
  • There is the Flower Festival in the town of Noto. In the first week of May, the entire main street of the town is decorated with flowers. The view and the aroma is simply breathtaking.
Sicily - Yacht Charter Sailica
Sicily - Yacht Charter Sailica
Sicily - Yacht Charter Sailica
Sicily - Yacht Charter Sailica

Sailing routes in Sicily

Yachts often prefer the area between the northern coast of Sicily, Calabria, and the Aeolian Islands. Palermo, Cefalu, San Agata, Milazzo, and Porto Rosa are ideal places to start sailing in Sicily. On a sea voyage between harbors and bays, you can thoroughly explore the northern coast of the island. We recommend building your route to the Aeolian Islands (Lipari Islands).

 

On the east coast, the port of Catania conveniently locate near the airport. Those who travel from the east to the northern coast or sail to the Aeolian Archipelago should explore the Strait of Messina route in more detail. It isn't easy to navigate here, primarily because of the strong, continually changing currents. Also, there is an active movement of ferries and ships. This strait is not suitable for beginners.

 

Here is the itinerary for a sailing yacht around the Aeolian Islands, located in the northwest of the Sicilian coast:

  • Marina di Portorosa — Vulcano — Lipari — Panarea — Stromboli — Salina — Filicudi — Marina di Portorosa

Available yachts in the region

1213 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
37 ft
Length
2017
Built in
1235 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
32 ft
Length
2004
Built in
1516 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
38 ft
Length
2007
Built in
1778 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
34 ft
Length
2019
Built in
1850 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
43 ft
Length
2021
Built in
1876 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
34 ft
Length
2021
Built in
2020 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
34 ft
Length
2019
Built in
2031 €
per week
8
Guests
4
Cabins
48 ft
Length
2010
Built in
2128 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
37 ft
Length
2016
Built in

Yachting season and weather and water temperature in Sicily

The season in Sicily starts in May and ends in October. Best time to travel to Sicily — hot and dry summers with mild and humid winters. Average temperatures in coastal areas are around 26 ° C in summer and 10 ° C in winter. During the summer months, due to the hot desert winds of the Cirocco, temperatures in southern Sicily can reach over 40 ° C. For the same reason, it rarely rains in summer.

Water temperature in sailing season +20...+23 °
Air temperature in sailing season +25...+29 °
Wind speed in sailing season 15 - 20 knots

Weather forecast for sailing in Sicily

Forecast and storm warnings can hear on the radio around the clock, and it sounds in Italian and English on channels 68 and 21.

 

For information about weather conditions, use the following services:

  • accuweather.com — accurate weather data, satellite imagery, cloud cover;

  • weather — a site with accurate synoptic data;

  • windfinder — a service for tracking tradewinds Sicily, viewing water and air temperatures.

People talk about Sailica

Rinke Tiegel
5
Full recommendation. Great service & support. We chartered a Beneteau 45 in Athens for our trip around Peloponnes. Great service and perfect customer support from beginning to the end. Due to corona we had to postpone our trip - Sailica managed all the communication with the charter agency and negotiated a great new deal for us. This was already the 2nd time we charted with Sailica and it won't be the last time. Full recommendation
Kyle Redstone
5
I took Dufour Grand Large 560 at Croatia using online yacht rental service sailica.com It's easy to use their mobile app with fair prices and enough quantity of boats which suits to my parameters. Their managers assisted me through whole communication with charter company. It was pleasant to receive a small gift – free of charge transfer from airport to marina. We didn't request it and appreciate their overexpected level of service.
Julian Lehmann
5
Amazing 1 week in Turkey! I sailed with Sailica on a tour in the gulf of Fethiye in Turkey. Overall it was a great experience and a great crew, even if I did not know them before. The area is amazingly beautiful and if you go in April you can avoid the crowds. The skipper was very proficient and knew what he was doing. Highly recommended!
Mykyta Semenoff
5
Great company! The guys answered all our questions which were very important since it was our first sailing experience. Moreover, they advised us not only on a charter but also on the tour itself. This was not the responsibility of the company, but we needed help and the company managers helped us for free. I highly recommend the team. The guys are really reliable, proactive and customer-oriented.
Vadim Rogovskiy
5
Excellent trip to Croatia! The trip was organized on an excellent level since the very beginning - from the yacht search to the trip itself. The team was fast and responsive. Highly recommended to everyone who wants to hang out with family on a beautiful yacht or catamaran!
Nikolaus Haufler
5
Super Beratung - sehr schnell wurde für mich ein passendes Boot in der Türkei gefunden. Sehr guter Preis, und ich konnte einen Skipper aussuchen, den ich bereits vom letzten Mal kannte. Volle Empfehlung!