If you are searching for a destination that offers you a fusion of unique experiences then Sicily is the perfect place for your holiday. The northern coast of Sicily has been shaped over the millennia by the Tyrrhenian Sea and offers a stunning repertoire of islands. The thrill-seekers should not miss the active volcano hike up Stromboli and Mount Etna.
While June’s temperature averages 25degrees, the coast is not yet too crowded. The real peak arrives in July and August, when temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees. To cool off, it is advisable to take tours in the interior of the islands. September still presents agreeable temperature but with less crowds.
To reach Sicily, fly into Catania or Palermo then drive to Marina di Portorosa, an elegant and modern harbour. Their facilities are equipped with amenities such as laundry, pharmacy, supermarket and supply stores.
Check in by 3pm and set on a leisurely 3 hour sail towards Vulcano island.
Wake up with the fresh Mediterranean breeze. Vulcano Island will leave you speechless as if you’ve just landed on a new planet: the landscape is barren, white smoke bellows out of the mountain peaks and the smell of sulfur engulfs your senses. Spend the day enjoying the therapeutic mud baths, natural hot springs and hikes up the smoking volcanic craters.
The town of Lipari, named after the Greek God of the winds, Liparus, consists of colourful and quaint houses. Lipari is the most accessible of the Aeolian islands and provides a dynamic range of activities. The main port is bustling with an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars, and local markets. If you choose to venture away from town, you will be greeted by typical Mediterranean landscapes of rugged terrain, rolling hills, and bright blue water. Wine and dine at one of the many local family run restaurants.
Salina remains less touristic than the other Aeolian islands and offers visitors a vast amount of activities and sightseeing. Once ashore be welcomed into traditional delis where you will satisfy your appetite with local cheeses, meats and wine. Wander through the town to the twin volcanoes for one of the most spectacular views in the Mediterranean. For dinner, take a walk through the inner harbour and feast on the catch of the day and the endless amounts of fresh seafood and fine wines before making your way back to your yacht for the night.
Set sail early to Stromboli - Europe’s only permanently active volcano. Thus, be warned, this excursion is not for the faint-hearted as the hike to the top is about two hours long. Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots, a torch and warm clothes, our partners will provide you with helmets. In the evening, you will stay in Ginostra, a quaint village situated at the bottom of the volcano.
Panarea island is two hours northeast of Salina island. Enjoy breakfast onboard before making the journey from Stromboli to Panarea Island. When you arrive, the first thing you will notice is there are no cars on the island, the main way of transport is by scooter or golf carts. The island is covered with picturesque villages, so hop on one of these alternative travel options and explore this jewel of an island. When the sun goes down, Panarea comes alive and is home to one of the best nightclubs in Italy, Hotel Raya.
Enjoy your breakfast on Panarea island before beginning the 4-hours journey back to the base marina in Portorosa. Soak up some rays while listening to the soothing sound of your yacht slicing through the waves. Find an appealing place to moor for lunch and a refreshing swim before continuing the last leg of your journey back to Portorosa. Spending the night in Portorosa will give you the opportunity to explore the vibrant community.
Check out by 9am and be sure to visit Mount Etna. Ciao a tutti!