Sailing holidays in Sicily: discover the stunning landscapes and rich culture of the biggest island in the Mediterranean.

Boating holidays in Sicily. Explore Palermo, Cefalu, Sant Agata, Milazzo and Porto Rosa and the Aeolian Islands.

Sicily, the largest island of the Mediterranean, is an autonomous region in the south of Italy. The area is also home to a number of satellite islands and archipelagos - such as the strikingly beautiful Aeolian (or Lipari Islands). The landscapes of Sicily are both a mosaic of colour, and a myriad of hill. Standing over the city of Catania is the ominous Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanos in the world, that is steeped in Greek mythology. Such landscapes and character are reflected in the surrounding water of Sicily - with rich azure waters and unique charm.

Best time to travel: The weather conditions in Sicily are ideal for sailing trips between April and October.

Costs: Weekend sailing trips from €200 per person, and week-long sailing adventures from €550 per person.

Top 3 reasons to go:

- Have the opportunity to see marine wildlife unique to the area, including: the Risso dolphin, Cuvier beaked whale and sperm whale!
- Experience both relaxing, calm waters and the more challenging sailing areas such as the Strait of Medina
- Discover Sicily's number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites - including Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe

Sailing in Sicily:

Sicily is gifted with a typically Mediterranean climate, that brings hot and dry summers - making for excellent sailing conditions. Sail the unique natural paradise and high cliffs of Riserva dello Zingaro and Ustica, or swim in the quiet waters of Scopello Bay.

Top tip:

The island is renowned for its cuisine. Travel to Sicily in September, and you can see the Cous Cous Festival in San Vito lo Capo - an event that celebrates the different local dishes.

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