Cultural highlights

Charter your own private yacht and cruise the Tyrrhenian Sea on a Sicilian bareboat sailing holiday. Discover the peaceful, isolated Egadi Islands and take in the cultural highlights of beautiful Palermo.

Moor in dramatic, cliff-lined bays, hike spectacular mountain ranges and enjoy fresh seafood cooked in sleepy rural restaurants. Discover your own Sicilian paradise from vibrant Palermo.

Palermo itinerary

7
Days

Highlights

  • Tasty Sicilian cuisine
  • Atmospheric Palermo
  • Egadi Islands and Ustica
  • Volcanic island hopping
  • Pristine beaches, hiking trails
  • Fascinating caves and grottos
Day 1

Marina Villa Igiea, Palermo

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

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Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring
Palermo, Italy

Begin your Sicilian bareboat charter adventure at our base in stunning Palermo. Explore this historic city bearing the influence of countless cultures as you walk the streets where old meets new, traditional meets contemporary. You’ll find numerous historic buildings and museums to explore, as well as the wide bay and pristine beach that made the city such an important port town. Provision your yacht and get ready for adventure on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Discover Palermo

Delicious gelati

Walk the atmospheric Via Vittorio Emanuele and enjoy some delicious gelati (ice cream).

Suggested lunch spots

Just a half hour northwest of Marina Villa Igiea you’ll find the beautiful Mondello Beach. Stop here for a relaxing lunch break on the soft golden sand.

Day 2

Palermo to Scopello, Castellammare del Golfo

The day's sailing

4 hr
Sailing time

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Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

Cruise away from the marina and northwest around the headland where the cliffs of Capo Gallo loom imperiously above. Head west across the Gulf of Castellammare, following the contours of the coast until you reach the town of Castellammare del Golfo. Explore this traditional Sicilian fishing town and soak up the atmosphere of the historic Old Town, where ancient architecture spills to the very edge of the picturesque waterfront.

Discover Castellammare del Golfo

Zingaro Nature Reserve

North along the coast, the Zingaro Nature Reserve is crisscrossed with spectacular hiking trails and speckled with sandy beaches to cool off at.

Suggested lunch spots

Stop for lunch at Isola delle Femmine, a small town perched beneath Sicily’s towering cliffs. Enjoy Isola delle Femmine’s delicious fresh seafood, including the region’s excellent langoustines.

Day 3

Castellammare del Golfo to Favignana

The day's sailing

5 hr
Sailing time

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Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

Sail north along the shores of the Zingaro Nature Reserve with its grassy hills, perfect bays and craggy cliffs. Round the peninsula and point your bow to the southwest, passing the town of Trapani on your way to pretty Favignana. This dramatic, mountainous island is known as the tuna capital of the Mediterranean, with the resident tunaroti fishermen taking part in the annual Mattanza tuna cull festival each May and June. Explore the craggy bays and grottos of this geological marvel and be sure to try a succulent fresh tuna steak while you’re here.

Discover Favignana

Cave of Sighs

To the northeast of the island, the Cala Rossa bay is home to fascinating caves and grottos, including the beautiful and evocative Grotta dei Sospiri (Cave of Sighs).

Suggested lunch spots

Make your way to the west of Favignana for a lunchtime trip to Cala Rotonda. This quiet bay features some incredible geology, with rocky outcrops, arches and land bridges making it the perfect spot for lunch on deck.

Day 4

Favignana to Marettimo

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

A short stint of blue water sailing to the west will take you from Favignana to the island of Marettimo. A ridge of mountain gives Marettimo its unique character and provides fantastic hiking trails with spectacular views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. The most remote and unspoilt of the Egadi Islands, Marettimo offers numerous bays, grottos and coves to explore, so make the most of your time in this dramatic and scenic spot.

Discover Marettimo

Cave kayaking

Found to the northeast of the island, Grotto del Cammello is one of Marettimo’s best caves. Explore the cave by kayak and look out for seals slipping through the clear waters.

Suggested lunch spots

Sheltered by a craggy headland to the north of Marettimo, Cala Manione is as peaceful and dramatic an anchorage as you could hope for. Enjoy your lunch on deck beneath the brooding shape of Marettimo’s mountain range.

Day 5

Marettimo to Levanzo

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

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Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

Make your way to the last of the Egadi islands, sailing east-southeast through the blissful waters of the Tyrrhenian towards Levanzo. People have lived on Levanzo for thousands of years, with evidence of the island’s Neolithic settlers still visible today. Enjoy excellent hiking, swimming and snorkelling with barely a soul around to disturb the tranquillity.

Discover Levanzo

Neolithic cave art

The Grotta del Genovese is a must see, home to beautiful, haunting cave art from Levanzo’s earliest Neolithic inhabitants.

Suggested lunch spots

Anchor between Punta dei Sorci and Capo Grosso to enjoy some of the very best snorkelling in the Egadi Islands.

Day 6

Levanzo to San Vito lo Capo

The day's sailing

4 hr
Sailing time

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Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring

Mainland Sicily can be seen across the water from Levanzo, so enjoy some easy line-of-sight sailing on your way to the town of San Vito lo Capo. San Vito lo Capo is a small town located on a short peninsula on Sicily’s northern coast. Moor in the wide bay to explore the historical town centre, lounge on the beach and hike the coastal trails that reveal such spectacular views of the surrounding ocean.

Discover San Vito lo Capo

Via Savoia

Walk San Vito lo Capo’s pretty, pedestrianised Via Savoia, passing the town’s stunning architecture on your way to the sea.

Day 7

San Vito lo Capo to Palermo

The day's sailing

7 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Exploring Exploring
Palermo, Italy

Use the final day of your Sicilian bareboat charter holiday to make the long journey east from San Vito lo Capo to our base in Palermo. Sail across the mouth of the Gulf of Castellammare and round the headland before mooring in Marina Villa Igiea. Set off early to give yourself as much time as possible in the Sicilian capital. Palermo is a unique city and a great place to spend the day exploring, shopping or simply relaxing in a sleepy bar or restaurant.