Our base is located in Tropea, one of the most beautiful towns in the Calabria region on the south Tyrrhenian coast.
Porto di Tropea
Via Marina del Vescovado
Mon-Fri: 9.30am-1pm and 3pm-7pm
Saturday: 9am-7.30pm (or until last embarkation)
Outside of these times the base in Procida can be contacted.
Base is open from 1 April-31 October.
Tropea base facilities include:
Showers and toilets, hotel, restaurants, bars, clubhouse, a selection of shops, mini market, laundry, dive centre and fuel.
The Port of Tropea office is located at the entrance of the port, not far from the Sunsail office, and less than 100 feet from our boats. There you'll find free showering and toilet facilities. There is also an automatic laundry. The cost for washing is EUR 3.50 per load. The cost for drying is also EUR 3.50 per load.
Also inside the Port of Tropea there is car parking for about 200 cars. Depending on the time of year, the cost ranges between EUR 3 and EUR 5 per day. Parking should be arranged in advance and requested direct by email to email@example.com to check for availability.
We have reserved berths in the marina, just a short walk from our office. 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.
A post office is located in the town of Tropea a taxi ride away from the base. The post pffice is open Mon-Fri from 8am-1.30pm and Saturdays from 8am-12pm.
Arrival and departure
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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.
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.
Lamezia Terme airport lies in southern Italy, in the ‘tip of the boot,’ and is approximately 31 miles from the base.
Lamezia Terme airport facilities
- Money and communication: there are banks, money exchange office and ATMs, as well as computers with Internet connection, and wireless Internet is available.
- Eating and drinking: there are a very modest number of restaurants and bars, and one self-service restaurant.
- Shopping: there are a limited number of shops, including a duty-free shop, a few souvenir shops and a kiosk for papers, magazines and tobacco products.
Lamezia Terme Airport is approximately 31 miles from the base. By car, the journey is about an hour and a half.
You can also travel to Tropea by local train. The airport is a mile and a half from the train station in Sant’Eufemia. Trains only run on weekdays and rather irregularly. The journey takes approximately one hour and a ticket costs approximately EUR 3.50. From the station of Tropea it is a five minute taxi ride to the port.
We must receive accurate details for pre-arranged transfers in advance. All transfers must be paid at the base. There are no buses available from the airport to the Port of Tropea.
Transfers are not included. Please ask us prior to departure so we can assist where necessary. 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.
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 using 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 are not responsible for any requirement changes.
Customs and immigration
Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear customs and immigration.
Passports are required by all visitors to Italy except for citizens from the following countries, who may enter Italy with a National Identity Card:
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
No visas are required for stays less than 90 days.
There is no departure tax payable.
Your yacht will be ready for boarding at 6pm. Chart 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 to accompany you to your boat. The check in and briefing will be completed the following morning.
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'll need to collect a debrief form from reception. The debrief form is to let us know if you 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 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 clients for boats left less than shipshape.
Sailing experience: Level 2
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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 160 per night, depending on the time of the year and the size of boat.
For Tropea, should you wish to anchor at a buoy you will pay between EUR 40 and EUR 80 per night, depending on the time of year.
These are approximate prices only.
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.
Price available at the base.
Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise they will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.
Banks and money exchange
The euro is the currency used throughout Italy.
Bank opening hours are Mon-Fri from 8.30am-1.30pm and Saturdays from 8.30am-1pm (during the summer months only). ATMs are operational 24 hours a day.
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.
The official language in Italy is Italian.
Cost of living in Tropea
The cost of living in Tropea 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 ltr of water: EUR 1
Starter/entrée: EUR 8
Evening meal main course: EUR 7-15
Dessert: EUR 3-5
Tropea is full of affordable restaurants serving pizza and traditional local meals. You will find similar menus throughout town, generally offering the chance to try local seafood and the town's big speciality: sweet red onions. Other local treats to try include, of course, ice cream. For wild and bizarre ice cream flavours, visit Tonino's on the main street, as well as latte di mandorla (almond milk), a refreshing and cooling drink.
- The Il Normanno: +39 0963 603240 Via Pontoriero, Tropea
- Antico Borgo: +39 0963 62562 L. go Vaccari, Tropea
- L’approdo di Ulisse: +39 333 2235993 Porto Turistico, Tropea
- La Pergola: +39 0963 62437 Via Annunziata, Tropea
- Osteria del Pescatore: +39 0963 603477 Via del Monte, Tropea
- Tre Fontane: +39 0963 61419 C.so Vittorio Emanuele, Tropea
- Trattoria da Pina: +390 90 98 30 32 Panarea
- La Nassa: +390 90 981 13 19 Lipari
Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants and 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 to the bill.
There are three mini markets within 300 feet of the port. The larger supermarkets are located in the town of Tropea and you will need a taxi to get there. The cost of a taxi is approximately EUR 20.
Tropea has its share of typical tourist shops selling beach goods and souvenirs. One souvenir shop that is definitely worth a visit is Il Faro Presepi on Via Stazione, which sells nativity scenes and features a display of little moving models illustrating traditional Calabrian lifestyles.
The supermarkets are open Mon-Sat from 8.30am-1pm and 5.30pm-8.30pm. During the summer months, supermarkets are also open on Sunday mornings.
Hotel La Porta Del Mare, Tropea
Via Libertà, 52, Tropea, 89861
Phone: +66 76 241 145
Housed in an antique 17th century building, Hotel La Porta del Mare is set 500 feet from the historical centre of Tropea and offers panoramic views of the sea.
Hotel facilities include: terrace, air-conditioning, 24-hour front desk, bar, Internet services, complimentary wireless Internet access
Electrical, phones and music
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.
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.
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.
Car and jeep hire
You can find counters for many car rental companies in the arrivals hall at the airport: Avis, Europcar, Fincom, Hertz, Italy by Car, Maggiore, Sicily-by-Car, Sixt, Targarent and Quicar. 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 and hiking on the volcanoes is popular. A guided climb to the volcanic crater on Stromboli, the only volcano in Europe with permanently eruptive activity, can be a rewarding trek taking around three hours to reach the top and two hours to come down.
We offer a wide range of food and drinks packages to suit your party’s needs.
Sea fishing is possible from the shores, from boats and even underwater, and is allowed almost everywhere without a permit.
The crystal clear waters surrounding the Aeolian Islands make it a superb place for diving and snorkelling.
Big Sur Diving
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.
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.
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.