Palermo, Italy

Essential information

Palermo

Location

Our Palermo base is located on the north western coast of Sicily in a marvelous inlet by Monte Pellegrino. The base is located in the Acquasanta District near the Acquasanta Square. Palermo bareboat yacht charter offers sailing around the Egadi Islands.

Contact details

Sailitalia/Sunsail Palermo
Via Simone Guli, 37
Acquasanta District
90142 Palermo
Italy

Open hours

Mon-Fri: 9.30am-1pm and 3pm-7pm

Saturday: 9am-7.30pm (or until last embarkation)

Sunday: 9am-1pm

Outside of these times, please contact our base in Procida.

Base is open from 1 April-31 October

Base/shore facilities

Palermo facilities include:

A fuel dock, chandlery, crane, travel hoist, restaurant, laundry, bank, LPG and yacht club.

The marina office is located near the Sunsail office. There you'll find free showering and toilet facilities. Sunsail has reserved berths in the marina and your first and last night’s moorings are complimentary. All other nights are at your expense and subject to availability. Payment details will be confirmed at the base.

There is a supermarket 200 metres from the base. The supermarkets are open Mon-Sat from 8am-8pm. During the summer months, supermarkets are also open on Sunday mornings.

There are numerous restaurants within walking distance or a short taxi ride from the base.

A post office is a 10-minute walk from the marina. Our staff can give you directions. The post office is open from Mon-Fri from 8am-1pm and Saturdays from 8am-12pm.

Arrival and departure

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Airport hotels

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Time difference

Italy is GMT +1 hours.

Flights

Gatwick information: 0844 335 1802

Heathrow information: 0870 000 0123

Manchester information: 0871 271 0711

Luton information: 0158 240 5100

Glasgow information: 0870 040 0008

Luggage

Luggage allowance is 20kg per person. Only one item of hand luggage per person is allowed and this must not weigh more than 5kg. For storage aboard we recommend travelling light and using folding luggage.

Lost or damaged luggage whilst flying is the responsibility of the airline and is not covered by your travel insurance. Thomson Airways carries no liability for loss or damage to valuable or fragile items packed in hold baggage however caused. You must not include in checked baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.

Alcohol may be taken on flights but only in checked luggage (well secured from breakages) not as hand luggage due to airport security restrictions.

Incidents

If an incident occurs, immediately report it to airport officials and ensure Property Irregularity Reports (PIR) are completed. Claims will not be considered once you have left the airport.

Pre-booking

If you're taking our Thomson Airways flights and wish to enquire about pre-booking seats, please call the airline direct on 0844 871 1603. Group seats are available for pre-booking through us. Please call us for more details.

Please note: Thomson Airways are unable to provide a priority check-in service for your inbound flight. This service operates at London Gatwick outbound only. Alcohol may be taken on flights but only in checked luggage (well secured from breakages) not as hand luggage due to airport security restrictions.

If you are taking our Thomson Airways flights and wish to enquire about pre-booking seats please call the airline direct on 0844 871 1603. Group seats are available for pre booking through Sunsail. Call the team for more details. Please note: Thomson Airways are unable to provide a priority check-in service for your inbound flight. This service operates at London Gatwick outbound only.

Airport

Falcone–Borsellino Airport is approximately 20 miles west of Palermo along highway A29. Driving from the airport, on the Highway A29 Trapani-Palermo, turn off at Via Belgio gate and follow the directions to the port.

Palermo Airport facilities
  • Money and communications: In the arrivals hall you'll find the Bank of Sicily open from 8.30am-1pm and 2.45am-7:15pm, as well as two ATMs. A post office is open from 8.30am-6.15pm, except Sundays and public holidays.
  • Eating and drinking: A self-service restaurant and a snack bar is available on each level.
  • Shopping: There's a limited shopping area on the second level of the terminal.

Transfers

Palermo Airport is approximately 20 miles from the city of Palermo and 15 miles from the base. The journey to the base takes about 40 minutes by car.

You can also travel from the airport to the city of Palermo by train. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes and a ticket costs approximately EUR  5. From the train station in Palermo it is then a 10-minute taxi ride to the port and costs approximately EUR  15. There is also a bus service from the airport to Palermo. Transfers from the airport to the base can be arranged on request, but they will be paid locally.

The bus departs from Palermo Airport to the main train station in Palermo every half hour. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes between 6am-11.30pm. The price is EUR  6 per person.

Transfers are not included in holiday package. We ask that you send your travel arrangements to us prior to departure so we can assist with transfer details where required. Guests should bring a copy of the charter contract invoice.

Car rental

Avis, Hertz, Eurocar and Maggiore are located at the airport. Prices range from EUR 50 to EUR 120 per day.

Parking

We cannot organise parking. The parking area is located 15 minutes from the base and they will not take bookings in advance.

Luggage

We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

Please pack with soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and visas

Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket, otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

If your child is not already included on a valid British passport, they are required to hold their own passport.

EU passport holders do not require a visa.

Non-British passport holders should check with their local consulate direct.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. We cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you're in any doubt, please contact your embassy for full details.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information before you leave.

We not accountable for any requirement changes.

Customs and immigration

Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear customs and immigration.

On arrival

Your yacht will be ready at 6pm for boarding. Luggage may be left at the base office at the marina.

When you arrive at the base, we will provide you with a weather forecast for the next 24 hours. On your radio, you can also listen to the weather forecast 24 hours a day on channels 68 and 21 in both English and Italian. Harbour offices also receive a weather forecast regularly.

Sailing conditions: 144 66 1906

Weather reports: 144 66 1911

Chart briefing and boat briefings will be scheduled. The chart briefing describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.

The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory.

Out of hours arrival procedure

There will be a representative at the base until 11pm who will accompany the client to their boat. The check in and briefing will be completed the following morning.

On departure

At the end of your charter your yacht will need to be vacated by 9am, so we recommend that you return to the base the day before.

Before departing your boat you will need to collect a debrief form from reception.
The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip. This enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.

In addition to filling in forms we also require you to bag dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to us in a clean and tidy state. We reserve the right to charge you for boats left less than shipshape.

Sailing information

Sailing experience: Level 2

To charter in Italy, there must be at least one certified skipper over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time.

Get more information on Palermo sailing conditions.

Sailing licenses

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Italy. 

Night time sailing 

Night sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Cruising area limits

This information is provided in the chart briefing.

Mooring fees and taxes

Most overnight stops in the area will be at mooring buoys/anchor as opposed to alongside quays. The buoys cost approximately EUR  50 per night and are to be paid locally at each anchorage.

Marina fees start at approximately EUR  40 per night and can be as much as EUR  1600 per night, depending on the time of the year and the size of boat. 

These are approximate prices only.

Charts and pilot book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. Charts and pilot books can be purchased by mail order from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting 02380 634911.

Fuel 

Price available at the base. 

Skippered charter information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you've reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.

The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you'll provide cash for meals, whether you've included him or her in your provisioning or whether you'll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skippers, it's your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Cool boxes

Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign for these and return them clean and undamaged, otherwise they will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Banks and money exchange

Currency

The euro is the currency used throughout Italy.

Banks

Banks and ATMs are available in San Vito Lo Capo, Favignana and Marettimo. ATMs are operational 24 hours a day.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri: 8.30am-1.30pm

Saturdays: 8.30am-1pm (during the summer months only).

Credit card information

MasterCard, Visa and Eurocheque cards are widely accepted throughout Italy.
Traveller’s cheques are accepted in major Italian cities and tourist areas, however not in some very small establishments and outdoor markets.

Please note: bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards. 

Currency can be exchanged commission free at any high street TUI retail travel agent on production of your Sunsail invoice. You can pre-order your currency from a TUI travel agent by telephoning them in advance on 0870 9005154 to find your nearest branch.

General information

Language

The official language in Italy is Italian.

Cost of living in Sicily

The cost of living in Sicily is lower than that in the UK.

Approximate restaurant prices:

Bottle of beer 66cl: EUR 2.50

Glass of wine: EUR 1.50

1.5 litre of water: EUR 1

Starter/entrée: EUR 8

Evening meal main course: EUR 7-15

Dessert: EUR 3-5

Restaurants

There are a number of restaurants close to the base that cater for every taste and every budget. Obviously the specialities are pasta and pizza dishes, but seafood is also very popular. Our staff can advise you of the whereabouts of restaurants.

  • Antica Focacceria S.Francesco: +39 091 320264, Via Paternostro Alessandro 58, Palermo
  • Al Covo Dei Beati Paulo: +39 091 6166634, Piazza Marina 50, Palermo
  • Kursaal Tonnara: +39 091 6372267, Via Bordonaro 9, Palermo
  • A Cuccagna: +39 091 587267, Piazza P.pe di Granatelli 21/a, Palermo
  • Acantoblu: +39 091 326558, Via F. Guardione 19, Palermo
  • Ristorante Cin Cin: +39 091 6124095, Via Manin 22, Palermo

Tipping

Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants/bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15 percent of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill. Tip according to quality of service.

Shopping

There is a supermarket about 650 feet from the base. The supermarkets are open Mon-Sat from 8am-8pm. During the summer months, supermarkets are also open on Sunday mornings.

In Palermo one of the most typical objects of all are the famous pupi (puppets). Pupi are the characteristic Sicilian marionettes that the pupari (master puppet show experts) use to put on shows of the medieval knights actions.

The pupari families in Palermo have passed on this art to each new generation. If you walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, you'll see the Cuticchio, Mancuso and Greco family craftsmen’s workshops, and if you're lucky you may see a marionette being created by true artists who are part carpenters, part blacksmiths, part painters and, most importantly, part actors.

Palermo is also known for other crafts products, such as painted pottery (vases, large wall plates and jugs of all sizes) and recipients in copper or tin, which can be purchased in the ancient Via Calderai. Market lovers can go on a tour of the four most famous markets in Palermo to get a true sense of the city’s atmosphere: Vucciria, located between Via Roma and Corso Vittorio Emanuele; Ballarò, near the central station; Capo, behind the Teatro Massimo; and Borgo Vecchio, between Piazza Sturzo and Piazza Ucciardone and is open until late.

Hotels

Hilton Villa Igiea Palermo
Salita Belmonte 43
Palermo, Italy 90142
Tel: +39 091 631 2111
Fax: +39 091 547 654

Facilities include a cliff top restaurant and bar overlooking the marina, fitness room, pool, tennis court and baby sitting service.

Via Peppino Impastato snc
90045 Cinisi
Palermo
Telephone: +39 091 866 5351
Fax: +39 091 866 5351
Email: info@hotelmagaggiari.com

Situated near Cinisi, four miles from Palermo Airport and 12 miles from the centre of Palermo. 

Electrical, phones and music

Electricity

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Italy is 220 volts and uses the standard European 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones

Your mobile phone may work when in Italy, but please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You will need to activate international roaming on your contract.

Music/iPods

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

Activities

Car and jeep hire

You can find counters for car rental companies in the arrivals hall, including: Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Autoeuropa. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.

Walking

Beautiful and rugged coastlines, the colourful markets and the Islands of Egadi are just some of the sights to see on foot.

Provisioning

We offer a wide range of food and drinks packages to suit your party’s needs.

Find out more about our provisioning options.

Water sports

Diving

There is excellent diving all around Sicily. Due to over fishing around the Sicilian coast there is a lack of large fish. The most notable wrecks are the Wreck of Columns and the Junkers wreck. The main diving centres are located at Trapani, San Vito Lo Capo, Marrettimo Islands and the Aeolian Islands.

There are great diving opportunities on the Egadi Islands, especially on Marettimo.
Marettimo’s coast is jagged, irregular and dramatic with coves and beaches. Visibility around Marettimo is 100-300 feet deep.

Dive centres offer single dives off rubber boats or full day excursions.

Snorkelling

We have a range of snorkelling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you.

Kayaks

Explore our world of water by kayak and reach places that you never even knew existed.  

Health and safety

Illness or injury

If you get ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible on either your lead boat or at our base. If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.

Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills.

Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim.

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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