Sicily Yacht Charter Holiday Ideas
04 August 2017
Chartering a yacht from Malta to visit the neighbouring island of Sicily is an ideal way to holiday this summer. With the island covering a vast landscape and seascape ranging from volcanic mountains to lush green vineyards and crystal clear beaches, your yachting itinerary around Sicily can be as varied as you want it to be.
Here are a few suggestions of tried-and-tested Sicilian experiences you might wish to take on board to ensure you sample the best of the Mediterranean dolce vita.
Marina di Ragusa
Take a bike ride along the coast of Marina di Ragusa. Designated cycle lanes and several bike rental shops make it safe and easy to discover this southern maritime city on wheels.
The lungomare mediterraneo is yours to explore once outside the yacht marina, with plenty of opportunities for ice cream stops along the beachfront. The Blue Flag sandy beach by the marina offers clean waters for a refreshing swim, while Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi – Marina di Ragusa’s main square – is laden with cafeterias and restaurants with a view.
The quirky, quaint town of Marzamemi lies nestled on a stretch of coast between Syracuse and Marina di Ragusa, with its azure waters featured among Europe’s Top 10 Beaches.
Further inland from the marina is the laid-back and colourful town centre, its whitewashed lanes dotted with quaint boutique fashion shops. Spend an evening in the main piazza, which comes alive with live music entertainment and al fresco dining. During the day you can hire a bike or scooter to explore the surroundings, or alternatively you could embark on water sport adventures, directly bookable from the beach.
Marzamemi’s speciality is homemade granita, which comes in a variety of flavours. And if that weren’t tempting enough, the town also celebrates its sweet-toothed tradition with all-you-can-eat ice cream Fridays for €5.
The largest city of the ancient world, historical Syracuse hails from the 8th century BC. Playing testimony to its ancient origins is the Doric Temple of Apollo, reputed to be the oldest Greek temple on the island as well as the world’s second oldest.
Inside the Syracusan quarter of Ortigia a short walk up, the historic gastronomic market takes place every morning from Monday to Saturday. Here you can taste all kinds of local delicacies, which include daily-baked bread, infused olive oils, tomato paste, cured meats, cheeses and freshly squeezed blood-red oranges. These savoury bites will surely whet your appetite, and before you know it, it’s time to indulge in a cannolo – a true Sicilian delight.
Porto dell’Etna in Marina di Riposto lies further north at the foot of the Etna mountain. This convenient berthing base makes for effortless exploration of the island further inland.
Set off on a private excursion inclusive of personal chauffeur, where you can sample premium Sicilian wines in vineyard surroundings, immerse yourself in nature at Catania’s Botanical Gardens, take in the coast-and-mountain views from charming Taormina, and witness the scenic Gorges of Alcantara on your stops.
Renowned for its association with the cult film classic The Godfather, the medieval hillside village of Savoca is only an hour’s drive from Riposto. Of particular interest here is the legendary Bar Vitelli, the celebrated filming location where you can order the tastiest granita ca ‘zzuccarata (granita with sesame seed biscotto for dipping into) – best enjoyed out on the panoramic patio where the monument to Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola stands proud.
For an additional touch of the sinister, visit the collection of 32 mummified 17th-18th century monks and dignitaries, housed inside Savoca’s Capuchin Monastery further uphill.
Malta-based charter specialist Azure Ultra can create the perfect Sicily itinerary tailored around your idea of a dream holiday in the Mediterranean. To make it happen, get in touch with their experienced team on www.azureultra.com.
For further details, please contact:
Grand Harbour Marina