Sicily

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Sicily
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The bay of San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
Sicily is one of Italy’s most popular tourist regions, its historic attractions supplemented by natural wonders such as Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, and the picturesque Aeolian Islands off the NE coast, as well as some of Italy’s most distinctive cuisine and wines. Accordingly, the months of July and August are busy virtually everywhere. Surprisingly, however, Sicily has less marina development than most other parts of Italy and cruising yachtsmen exploring the coastline will occasionally find themselves wedged in among fishing boats or bobbing alongside rough stone quays. However, perhaps that is part of the charm of exploring an area steeped in history and still retaining much of its unique character.

Charts

British Admiralty
1976 - Capo di Bonifati to Capo S. Vito
1941 - Capo Passero to Capo Colonne
2123 - Capo Granitola to Capo Passero
2122 - Bizerte to Capo S. Marco
Italian
918
917
916

Weather

Give local weather conditions or refer to another page (a region or island group) that covers these conditions.

Sources for Weather forecasts:

Passages

See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.

Islands

  • Aeolian Islands Aeolian Islands /wiki/Aeolian_Islands Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Lampedusa Lampedusa /wiki/Lampedusa Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Pantelleria Pantelleria /wiki/Pantelleria Harbour icon – harbour |
  • Ustica Ustica /wiki/Ustica Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Isole Egadi Isole Egadi /wiki/Isole_Egadi Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Key to symbols: |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data ||

Communication

Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

See details of individual ports.

Entrance

See details of individual ports.

Berthing

Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||

Along the N coast of Sicily (from San Vito to Milazzo) the principal harbours are:

Sicily N Coast Ports & Anchorages
San Vito lo Capo San Vito lo Capo /wiki/San_Vito_lo_Capo Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Castellammare Castellammare /wiki/Castellammare Harbour icon – harbour |
Palermo Palermo /wiki/Palermo Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
San Nicola L’Arena San Nicola L’Arena /wiki/San_Nicola_L%E2%80%99Arena Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Cefalu Cefalu /wiki/Cefalu Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Sant’ Agata di MilitelloSant’ Agata di Militello/wiki/Sant%E2%80%99_Agata Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Capo d'Orlando Capo d'Orlando /wiki/Capo_d%27Orlando Harbour icon – harbour |
Tindari Tindari /wiki/Tindari Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Portorosa Portorosa /wiki/Portorosa Marina icon – marina |
Milazzo Milazzo /wiki/Milazzo Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |

Along the E coast of Sicily (from Messina to Marzamemi) the principal harbours are:

Sicily E Coast Ports & Anchorages
Messina Messina /wiki/Messina Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Taormina Taormina /wiki/Taormina Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Riposto Riposto /wiki/Riposto Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Stazzo Stazzo /wiki/Stazzo Harbour icon – harbour |
Acitrezza Acitrezza /wiki/Acitrezza Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Ognina (Porto Ulisse) Ognina (Porto Ulisse) /wiki/Ognina_(Porto_Ulisse) Harbour icon – harbour |
Catania Catania /wiki/Catania Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Augusta Augusta /wiki/Augusta Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Siracusa Siracusa /wiki/Siracusa Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Marzamemi Marzamemi /wiki/Marzamemi Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |

Along the S and W coasts of Sicily (from Porto Palo to Trapani) the principal harbours are:

Sicily S and W coast Ports & Anchorages
Porto Palo Porto Palo /wiki/Porto_Palo Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Pozzallo Pozzallo /wiki/Pozzallo Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Marina di Ragusa Marina di Ragusa /wiki/Marina_di_Ragusa Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Gela Gela /wiki/Gela Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
Marina di Palma Marina di Palma /wiki/Marina_di_Palma Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Licata Licata /wiki/Licata Marina icon – marina |
San Leone San Leone /wiki/San_Leone Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto Empedocle Porto Empedocle /wiki/Porto_Empedocle Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Sciacca Sciacca /wiki/Sciacca Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Mazara del Vallo Mazara del Vallo /wiki/Mazara_del_Vallo Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Marsala Marsala /wiki/Marsala Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
Trapani Trapani /wiki/Trapani Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |

Also see Strait of Messina.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

See individual port entries above.

Anchorages

See individual port entries above.

Health & Security

No special health measures are necessary. However, petty crime is a problem in major cities such as Palermo, Messina and Catania, especially pickpocketing and ‘drive-by’ thefts of handbags and backpacks by gangs of motorcycle-borne youths. As in many other heavily populated parts of Italy, it doesn’t pay to look like a wealthy tourist. Leave the bling on the boat if you want to hang on to it (but make sure you lock the boat securely!).

Yacht Services and Repairs

See individual port entries.

Things to do ashore

See details of individual ports.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Italy

Comments

We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • The country roads of Sicily are an interesting testimony to the former(?) influence of the mafia in the management of local public works contracts. For example, why take a minor country road down into a valley when you can take it across on a viaduct needing several million Euros worth of concrete? --Athene of Lymington 16:05, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

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