Known for its crystal clear waters, volcanoes, picturesque islands, and dramatic coastal landscapes, Sicily is truly a sailor’s paradise. As a bonus, it has incredible food- from artisanal wine and cheese, to seafood caught fresh that morning! You can even try the world famous Sicilian cannoli that was popularised in the Godfather movies. What’s could be better?
When exploring Sicily by luxury yacht, you get complete freedom to explore the region on your terms- whether you want to hop from one picturesque beach to the next, find the best local fishing spot, or visit the some ‘off the beaten track’ destinations. As such, sailing the Mediterranean coast with Boatsetter is sure to be your best vacation yet!
When is the best time for Sicily boat rentals?
The best time to visit is generally July and August, as the days are long, dry, and warm. This is also peak tourist season – due to both the weather and the number of Europeans on summer vacation. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit in the ‘shoulder months’ of June and September, when it’s only slightly cooler, but much less busy. Consider timing your Sicily boat rentals with a local festival or event- a list of them can be found here.
If you’re looking for a relaxing day trip, sailing on one of our luxury yachts from the central hub of Palermo to the quaint town of Cefalu is a terrific option. Cefalu boasts a stunning white sandy beach, which verges onto a historic little town. The cobblestone streets, and sandstone architecture are picture perfect- it’s like something out of a movie! We recommend working up an appetite snorkelling in the regions azure waters- then enjoying the delicious fresh seafood on offer at local restaurants.
Along the way to Cefalu, consider stopping in at Modello. A favourite amongst locals and tourists and locals alike, the beach town is a hive of activity. Modello is well suited for those looking to socialise, try some delicious ice cream, or perhaps play some pick up soccer on the beach with the kids.
Nature lovers or solitude seekers should consider a trip to Torre Salsa, a nature reserve managed by WWF. The park has over 6km of beautiful golden beaches, which are tranquil and unspoilt. Bring a picnic and bottle of wine- this is the spot to truly relax! Turtles are common, so consider taking scuba or snorkelling gear with you to make the most of this truly special spot.
Much less accessible than some of our other recommendations, this is the place to go if you want to escape the tourist hordes of the high season! However you’ll have to bring your own supplies- as it is a nature reserve, there aren’t any shops in the park.
Exploring the Aeolian Islands:
If you can escape the ‘real world’ for just a little bit longer, sailing the Aeolian Islands is an opportunity not to be missed.
Vulcano is a perfect first stop, and is a great opportunity to experience the ‘real Sicily’ up close. Popular activities include hiking to the crater of nearby Mt Fossa, strolling the islands black sand beaches, or relaxing in a therapeutic mud pool. For those looking to enjoy the turquoise waters up close- scuba and kayak hires are available.
Salina is a true foodies paradise in a picturesque setting. Known to film buffs as the set of “Il Positano”, the islands verdant greenery makes it unlike any other in the Aeolian island chain. Salina’s freshwater springs ensure that agriculture – making it home to some of the delicious freshly pressed olive oil, the world’s best capers, and Malvasia wine (which cant be found anywhere else). A stop in to Salina is sure to be a highlight on any Mediterranean sailing trip.
If you’re looking for adventure- or an educational experience for the kids- Stromboli is a must-do. As one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Stromboli emits ash and lava four to five times per hour! Sit back and enjoy the pyrotechnics from one of our luxury yachts- perhaps with a local red in hand. From the ocean the view is spectacular! For the more energetic (and adventurous), hiking to the summit at sunset is a fantastic way to experience the magic of this mountain up close and personal.
Vulcano, Salina and Stromboli are just a few of the many incredible islands the region has to offer.
Considering visiting other parts of the Mediterranean by luxury yacht? We offer charters throughout the region.