Sailing in Sicily

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Sicily is a popular sailing destination and Ragusa and Licata are home to what we think are the largest winter liveaboard communities in the Mediterranean. We wintered in the latter in 2019/20..

We divide the island into three sailing zones:
 

  • East

  • South

  • North


Arriving from 4 seasons mainly in Greece, we cannot say that the sailing in Sicily is to anywhere near that standard. The east coast offers Taormina, Siracusa, and Catania, all of which have important attractions, but only Siracusa offers a real bonus to those arriving by sea and our experience of trying to moor there was unpleasant. The other two are as well reached by land. The south coast is mainly devoid of sailing interest and since the prevailing wind is westerly and quite stiff, so peaceful overnight anchorages are almost non-existent. Neither Trapani nor Marsala appealed much to us. Agrigento and Selinunte (see image) both have the world's most magnificent Greek temple ruins, but again they are better reached from land, and only one of the Selinunte temples is visible from the sea, and none of those at Agrigento.

 

The Aegadi Islands at the western tip offer a modest amount of good cruising with some excellent anchorages. Beware of the excessive port costs at Favignana however. 

 

Palermo is rightly a major tourist destination in its own right and access downtown from the various marinas is good, but apart from having your own floating hotel room this is not a sea facing community and the marinas are not places of much charm. Apart from Cefalu, the rest of the north coast suffers from the same prevailing wind problem with few safe anchorages. 

 

The other jewel in the Sicilian sailing crown is the volcanic Aeolian Islands off the the north easter tip. It is only really safe to visit them in summer. Aim for June or September if you possibly can.

 

Charter yachts are concentrated in Palermo and Portorosa for the Aeolian Islands.
 

Sicily Marinas Selection

Below you will see by default ALL the marinas in Sardinia - there are over 50.  Each brief description is linked to complete marina and nearby facilities. Click on the image OR on the "More Details" button to view those details. Use the Selection system below to view ONLY those marinas that meet your needs. You need a subscription to be able to access the Selection system. 

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Pontile La Buona Fonda

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In season, expensive and no facilities, but well located.

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Circolo Nautico Costa Gaia

+39 0923 972189
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Mostly liked by visitors although clearly not to the highest standards... protection a little suspect.

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Marina del Nettunno Messina

+39090344139
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The marina is quite small so manoeuvring in strong winds is best avoided. Prices reported being high.

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Pontile Walter

+39 3347 621 0852
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Marina di Riposto Porto Dell Etna

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Riviera Dei Ciclopi

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Porto Rossi

+39095374966
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Club Nautico Catania

+39 095 531443
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La Tortuga srl

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Pontile Porto di Catania

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Cheap and cheerful... close to city centre.

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Circolo Nautico N.I.C

+39 095 532119
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Circolo Velico Aretusa

+39 0931 468071
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