Located off the southern coast of Italy, yacht charter clients will find much to explore from historic towns to cruising the beautiful Tyrrhenian coastline and eating wonderful cuisine on a Sicily yacht charter. Sicily has a different feel than mainland Italy with quaint fishing villages, Arab and Norman architecture and diverse scenery ranging from volcanic lava flows to deserted beaches.

5 Reasons To Charter A Yacht in Sicily

Whether you dream of a sailing vacation around Sicily or a private crewed yacht charter taking in the sights of Sicily and southern Italy, we can help you discover the beauty of the largest island in the Mediterranean and why it is a popular yacht charter destination.

1.  Island hopping :  The Aeolian and Aegadian Islands

The UNESCO-listed Aeolian Islands are a fascinating archipelago of islands with wildly diverse topography from the beaches of Salina, to the lava formations on Volcano and hot springs at Panera.  Volcanic in origin, a particular highlight is seeing Stromboli from the sea, one of the world’s continually active volcanoes.

Popular with tourists in high season, the 5 Aegadian Islands (Egadi Islands) include Marettimo, Levanzo and Favignana and they are excellent places to visit by private yacht for diving and swimming.  The islands have picturesque coastal fishing villages, prehistoric caves and some truly beautiful beaches worth visiting on a Sicily yacht charter.

The Aegadian (Egadi) Islands are great places to visit on yacht charter for swimming and diving

2. Wonderful history

Sicily’s history spans the millennia and its architecture and monuments originate from many rulers. Spanning from the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, Spanish and the Bourbons. Yacht charter guests will delve into cultural highlights such as the Neolithic cave paintings at the Grotta del Genovese. Also the famous medieval cathedral of Monreale is a must see. As well as the Archaeology Museum in Tyche or the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento with towering Doric columns.

3. Port life and beyond

Marina Villa Igiea in Palermo, Marina di Portorosa, Taormina and Messina are great Sicilian ports. They offer a gateway for Sicily yacht charters to provision for a charter or simply relax ashore and soak up the sights. From shopping in Portorosa to exploring the Greek Theatres at Taormina or Siracusa or fishing in the Strait of Messina. There are plenty of things to see and do when renting a private yacht in Sicily.

Sicily has a huge variety of things to see and do for yacht charter clients from shopping to exploring ancient sites

4. Volcanic attractions

Sicily and her islands are rugged and volcanic.  Explore the extinct volcano Filo dell’Arpa on Alicudi or walk the crater rim of Fossa di Vulcano. You can also admire the hulk of Mount Etna as you cruise along the coast to Catania. Stromboli is the main fiery attraction of Sicily and you can take guided walks to the summit or admire the volcanic activity from a distance at sea. An unforgettable moment on your Sicily yacht charter!

Seeing Stromboli, an active volcano, is an unforgettable experience when on yacht charter in Sicily!

5. Nature and wildlife

The seabeds surrounding the volcanic island of Ustica are protected as a natural marine reserve and fantastic for snorkeling and diving.  Try diving at Punta Castagna at Lipari in the Aeolian Islands. Or swim in the clear blue sea at Torre Salsa where you may chance a sighting of a sea turtle.

Lascari Beach is a pleasant break from the bustle of Palermo. While San Vito Lo Capo is a fantastic town in northwestern Sicily to watch the sunset over the aquamarine water. Or spend an afternoon lazing on a lounger at San Lorenzo Beach near Noto in the southeast of Sicily before birdwatching at the Vendicari Nature Reserve.

The Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, Sicily’s first nature reserve, offers an unspoiled coastline. With walking trails and well known for its beaches with clear water and rich fishlife. We suggest Cala Della Disa, Cala Marinella or Cala Beretta. Ideal for a day’s swimming, paddle boarding or using your private yacht’s water toys.

Because much of Sicily is mountainous, time ashore can encompass land activities such as rock climbing and hiking.  All wonderful opportunities to discover Sicily before enjoying a Negroni and heading back to your yacht!

The Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro has walking trails as well as spectacular beaches such as Cala Marinella

When to visit Sicily on yacht charter

As with most Mediterranean destinations, the warmest months are July and August.  May and October are still pleasant temperatures and ideal shoulder seasons for a Sicilian yacht charter as prices for restaurants and beach bars can be higher in peak season, especially at the Aeolian Islands.

Sicily yacht charter : Book a private yacht or crewed boat

Sicily is one of the top charter destinations in the Mediterranean and you won’t be disappointed.  With amazing history, stunning architecture, beautiful beaches and superb cuisine, contact 212 Yachts to arrange your Sicilian yacht charter with a large portfolio of yachts available for charter in the Mediterranean.

Written by

Jenny Caird, originally from Ireland, is the founder and CEO of 212 Yachts (and charter expert), applying her passion for customer service, with incredible client satisfaction, to create an ambitious, highly reputable and respected business. Whatever your query is, Jenny offers solutions with a smile. With her motivation and dedication to ensuring the yacht owners and clients 212 Yachts work with are 'wowed', Jenny and her team add the extra degree in yachting.

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