Sicily

Discover a whole new world of sailing around the fascinating island of Sicily. The largest island in the Mediterranean, it is surrounded by a number of small archipelagos. These unspoilt islands surrounded by crystal clear waters offer a magnificent sailing experience where you can enjoy spectacular rugged coastlines and explore quiet, hidden, unspoilt beaches.

Our base is located at Trapani on the west coast, close to many interesting archaeological sites and also the Egadi archipelago, the islands of Pantelleria and Ustica as well as the North African coast.

The three islands that form the Egadi archipelago off Trapani, are called Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. All three are blessed with lovely coastlines immersed in glorious crystal clear water. Favignana is the largest of the islands positioned at about 9 miles from Trapani. Her shape is like that of a butterfly with spread out wings, built on the two flat bits, one called the Wood stretching west and the other called Flatland stretching east towards Sicily. In the centre, the massive body consists of mountains. The best way to visit the island is by sailing yacht so you can appreciate the wonderful grottoes: Grotta Azzurra (so-called because of the colour of the water), Grotta dei Sospiri (the Grotto of Sighs which has a lamenting sound in winter) and Grotta degli Innamorati (Lovers’ Grotto), so named because of two identical rocks standing side by side deep against the back wall.

Both Levanzo and the furthest island, Marettimo are mountainous islands that plunge steeply into the sea with numerous picturesque coves and beautiful beaches, making them a veritable haven of peace and serenity, beloved by nature-lovers and those who seeking solitude. All three islands are steeped in history and ancient traditions that still live on today.

From these islands you can venture north-east towards the Gulf of Castellammare and the Sicilian coastline, the island of Ustica and the capital Palermo, or try some longer passages and head south to Tunisia, the islands of Pantelleria, Lampedusa, which occupy a position between Sicily and North Africa and even possibly on to Malta.

Sailing in Sicily is for the more experienced sailor. It has lots of old harbours rather than marinas – so usually when you arrive tying up to a buoy or anchoring is the norm. The offshore waters can produce rolly seas and the areas are more backward, but with the benefit of being more unspoilt.

 

Flights: Available to Trapani through Ryanair and to Palermo through Easyjet, Ryanair and Alitalia.