Mediterranean Yachting: Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
Thanks to “The Godfather,” when many people think of Sicily, they think of the Mafia. But there is so much more to this Italian island. One of the biggest islands in the Med, Sicily is a wild and beautiful place filled with history and culture and a top Mediterranean yachting destination.
Highlights for visitors include the towering, and still active, Mt. Etna; the Norman cathedral in Palermo; the Greek temples at Agrigento and Selinunte; the baroque town of Noto, and the Pantalica Necropolis. But Sicily does have its dark side; the Mafia’s grip on the island has been loosened in the last few decades, but not entirely. However, visitors are unlikely to see anything other than anti-Mafia graffiti on the ancient walls. In fact, Sicily’s natives are generally gracious and friendly. Their culture, and especially their cuisine, are well worth the trip.
The Aeolian Islands lie just to the north of Sicily. With no direct flights (apart from private helicopter), these islands are less crowded, and the best way to explore them is by yacht. Since they are relatively close to one another, island-hopping in this region is a delight.
Stromboli is the best-known of the Aeolians due its active volcano; it is one of the few places in the world where visitors can hike up and view the eruptions in relative safety. The well-named island of Vulcano also has an active crater, as well as mineral-rich mud baths. You can have a mud spa experience, then wash off in the ocean amid bubbles of gas released from under the seabed.
Panarea is dotted with luxury resorts, designer boutiques and nightclubs, although no cars are permitted on the island. Lipari, the largest of the Aeolians, features archaeological museums and rocky beaches made of pumice. Green Salina, by contrast, is clad in lush vegetation, including agricultural crops. The tiny islands of Alicudi and Filicudi are relatively deserted – Alicudi doesn’t even have roads. The water clarity and marine life make for great snorkeling and diving. Or if you’re feeling athletic, hike inland and climb to the peak of a volcano for a spectacular view.
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Once you have decided on the destination, there remain endless possibilities
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Here’s a hot tip FROM ONE OF OUR CHARTER EXPERTS ABOUT YOUR SICILY & AEOLIAN ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER:
Stepping onto the island of Sicily is like stepping into a movie. The people are so friendly and there is never a lack of good things to eat. Just finding what appears to be “hole in the wall” restaurant turns into a 10-course meal, all starting with pasta! While cruising the Aeolian Islands, arriving to Stromboli at night is a must. The erupting volcano lights up the sky.