Acclaimed for its stunning beautiful coastline, active volcanoes, exquisite cuisine, fascinating mix of culture, all complemented by its friendly people has made of Sicily an unbeatable charter yacht destination.
Here’s all you need to know before a yacht charter Sicily.
Sicily is Italy’s and the Mediterranean’s largest island with a total area of 25,711 km². Perfectly located in the central Mediterranean, just off the toe of Italy’s boot, the island of Sicily overseas.
Boat rentals in Sicily are welcome and likely almost half of the year. From May to September, yacht charterers can look forward to eight to eleven hours of the sunshine per day. The average summer temperatures are about 25°C (77°F) and rarely falls below 10°C (50°F) even in winter. You don’t have to worry about rain during the summer season, the maximum average is two or three days of rain.
Due to its strategic location, mediating the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas, Sicily was sought after and invaded countless times by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards. Each of which had its impact resulting in an Italian island with a mixture of flavors that can easily be detected in its ruins and architecture smelled and tasted in its cuisine…
Sicily intriguing history never ceased to impress visitors who come to admire Greek temples in Agrigento and Selinunte, the astounding Norman cathedral in Monreale Palermo, Baroques palazzos…
Extra-virgin oil, Pachino tomatoes, Pantelleria capres, the sweet grapes of Canicatti… are some of the most excellent products that distinguish Sicilian food worldwide and tell of Sicilians’ passion and care for genuine flavors.
You can not visit Sicily without trying its famous cheese like Ragusano and Pecorino or the different types of cryspy bread like the loaves of Dittaino.
When thinking about Sicilian cuisine forget about Italian food like pasta and pizza. Sicily offers a richer and more luscious local food that will satisfy and amaze the most demanding accompanied, surely, with the best fruity wines one can ever taste.
Caponata, Sfincione, Crocchén and the mouth watering Cannoli… are a must try. Add to that, the abundance and uniqueness of seafood in Sicily. Yummy! You will be spoiled for choice. Based on a personal experience and others’ recommendations, Ristorante Santandrea in Palermo and Ristorante Al Duomo in Toarmina are two of the finest restaurants which offer an exquisite cuisine à la Sicilienne.
With almost 1000 kms of coastline, Sicily boasts endless streteches of golden sands that will leave you astouned and much more. There is something for everyone; from busy to wild and untouched beahces, unspoilt nature reserves, seaside resorts, deserted coves…
Set in a curving bay and surrounded by a breathtaking mountain scenery, San Vito Lo Capo is one of the most famous beaches in Sicily. Combining sun, sea and sand , it is a real haven for beach lovers.
If you want to keep away from the hustle and bustle of busy beaches, Sicily features some splendid beaches to choose from. You can head south to discover the astounding beauty of some virgin and pristine beaches, or you can also head east where there are numerous rocky beaches and charming fishing villages.
In short, a yacht charter Sicily offers an awe-inspring sailing vacation in one of the most transparent waters in the Mediterranean.
Flora and Fauna
Sicily and the surrounding small islands boast incredible natural gems below the water surface, making of it a real scubadiving paradise in the whole Mediterranean.
Divers of all levels, who choose Sicily ,are spoiled for choice between up to 30 different dive sites. Sicily’s waters enjoy the clearest waters, gorgonian corals and a lot of fish. The most experienced divers can enjoy a second to none experience at the famous Sicchitello Cave.
Ustica, which is located 60 km north of Palermo, is an exceptionally intersting diving spot with a seabed made of black lava stone due to the island’s volcanic origin.
Grotta Verde, Grotta Azzurra and Grotta dell’Orro, caves, World War II wrecks are other intersting highlights worth being explored when embarking yacht charters Sicily.
Marinas are the first thing that yacht charters think of when renting a boat in Sicily. Here’re Sicily’s top 3 marinas:
Marina Di Cala Del Sole
Marina Di Cala Del Sole is the most modern marina in Sicily offering top-notch quality of service. It has extensive shopping and leisure facilities on-shore. Marina Di Cala Del Sole is ready to welcome yachts of up to 70m.
Marina Villa Igiea Palermo
Ideally situated in Palermo, Marina Villa Igeia is a perfect gateway to visit Lipari or the famous UStica. In addition to its location, Marina Villa Igiea boasts superb modern facilities and a warm welcome to nautical tourists and yachts of up to 65m.
Portorosa marina is another well-equipped modern marina in Sicily. It provides excellent service together with highly professional technical and customer care. An ideal starting point to explore the crystalline waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Since centuries, Sicily has been a crossroad in the Mediterranean. It is considered as a gateway not only to countries but to continents as well.
A yacht charter Sicily can take you north to the astonishing Aeolian Islands to explore the hidden wonders of each island forming this archipelago. You can sail west, as well, and reach the splendid coasts of Tunisia in north Africa, or south to the terrific Malta.
Boat Rental Sicily
Once in Sicily, renting a boat is not an option, it is rather a must so that your discovery and relaxing vacation will be as fulfilling as it should be.
Nevermind, you’ll feel lost for choice. All types of boat rentals are available; bareboat, crewed, luxury, sailbaots, motoboats… catering to all budgets and tastes.
NOMAD IV is a splendid sailing yacht available for yacht charter with a special 10% discount the whole summer. The fabulous Smart Spirit I is an outstanding sailing yacht which can accommodate up to 8 guests. Though it is not Christmas yet, but YOU can rent this luxury boat with a special 30% discount until July 22nd.
For speed lovers, My Way has already made its way to the Sicilian waters. You can be the next lucky guest onboard this brand new motorboat.
So what are you waiting for? Still haven’t made your mind yet? ! 😉