Aeolian Islands – Egadi Islands 14 days

ITINERARY EOLIE ISLANDS AND EGADI ISLANDS

The Eolie Islands and the Egadi islands can easily be reached by boarding our boats in Palermo.

Departing from Palermo you may choose to sail in the direction of the wind and decide which islands to visit first.

This is one of the possible itineraries (it has been designed for you traveling at an average speed of 6 knots per hours. )

Program suggested is for a TWO week trip Palermo-Eolie-Egadi-Palermo:

DAY 1 Palermo

Boarding time is 6pm followed by assigning of accommodations on board and an information briefing. It will be your choice to either depart immediately or spend the night at the Palermo marina taking in some of the city and tasting the traditional cannoli with ricotta.

DAY 2 Cefalù (31 miles, approx. 4h and 30m)

Departure at 8am steering toward Cefalù. It will be possible to stop for a unforgettable swim in the transparent water in the Porticello Bay or Santa Flavia and go for a quick visit through the delightful town. We estimate the arrival in the late afternoon. It will be your choice to dock in the marina or lay anchor in a sheltered cove (average docking expense 60euro per sailboat). Cefalù is a sea town with a picturesque seaport, from where it is possible to admire the walled town, and all of the huge arches that are boat shelters. There are many churches and museums to visit. Fresh fish is served in all the seafront restaurants. We suggest the restaurant Scolgio Ubriaco. It has a terrace with a wonderful view. You must taste the artichoke heart salad with shredded Parmiggiano and the salmon in a sweet and sour sauce made with honey and green pepper corns. Simple but unforgettable.

DAY 3 Vulcano (45 miles, approx. 7h)

Morning departure toward Vulcano, were you will arrive in the early afternoon. It is possible to moor close to the Scoglio della Quaglia from which the Grotto del Cavallo and the Piscina di Venere are easy to reach with the tender. After that, we suggest sailing to the Sabbie Nere beach where you can easily enjoy the natural thermal water pools. One of the most fascinating sunsets of the planet can be seen from the crater. It can be reached on foot in about 1h following the paths. Dinner and overnight stay planned in a nearby sheltered cove.

DAY 4 Lipari (.3 miles approx. 10minutes)

In the morning, departure to visit Lipari, the largest of the Eolie islands. You may stop at the Faraglioni and leave the boat with the tender to explore the grottoes and the coves nearby. After that you may continue the tour around the island and stop to swim in front of the Pomici (pomice stone mines) where the water is turquoise. At the end of the day we suggest you dock at the old port of Lipari called Marina Corta and spend the evening in town.

DAY 5 Salina-Panarea (9 miles, approx. 1.3h)

In the morning, departure in direction of Salina and it will be possible to spend the relaxing morning hours enjoying the sea. You may move from cove to cove along the northern cost of Salina and stop in front of Lingua Santa Maria di Salina, drop your anchor and go for a visit of the old town of Salina where you can taste the famous Granita or the Pane Cunzatu prepared by Alfredo. In the afternoon, sail to Panarea stopping in the lovely Cala Junco Cove. Enjoy the sea and go for a visit to the ruins of the prehistoric settlement that overlooks the cove. You may then go to Lisca Bianca, one of a group of very small islands that are made up of the peaks of an underwater volcano, and swim in the bubbles caused from the sulphurous gases coming out of the volcano. Later in the day, you may go see Basiluzzo, the biggest of the uninhabited islands in this area, and also the most beautiful one. For the evening you may moor in a sheltered cove in front of the town of Panarea and enjoy the “bella vita.” If you sail to Stromboli (.8 miles aprox 20 minutes) during the night you will be able to see the Sciara del Fuoco, red flares of lava against the black sky, caused by the regular volcanic activity of this continual eruption.

DAY 6 Stromboli-Filicudi (31 miles approx. 4.3h)

Wakeup in Stromboli and sail to Strombolicchio, the most northern island of Sicily. There it will be possible to dive into the abyss and go for a walk to the light house or visit the volcano. The perpetual explosive activity of the volcano makes it easy to get a glimpse of the spectacle from nearby and the loud explosions send lapillus soaring in the air. It is so amazing that you will forget the hike. There will also be the chance to visit the town of Stromboli if you would like. In the afternoon, sail to Filicudi and visit the Bue Marino, the grotto where seals used to live and supposedly the home of a roaring monster that everybody hears. But the myth dissolves if you visit the cave ……it is the water breaking on the rocks that makes the noise. You may spend the afternoon enjoying the sun and the sea. Sail to Alicudi after dusk and spend the night moored in a sheltered cove.

DAY 7 Alicudi-Ustica (34 miles approx. 5h.)

Sailing around Alicudi will be an experience of unforgettable pleasure since the island is made of a very tall indented coastline and deep crags. On Alicudi the rhythm of life is taken from the movement of the sun and of the sea. Enjoy the island without any disturbing sound …. not even cars. Deep sea fishing enthusiasts suggest diving close to the Jalera Cliff. There are plenty of lobsters, amberjacks and sea-bass. We will head to Ustica in the afternoon where we will arrive in the evening and spend the night Cala Santa Maria.

DAY 8 Ustica (………………………………….)

Departure in the morning toward Ustica. To discover the beauty of this island we shall sail around it. This island has been a Natural Marine Preserve since 1987 and it is divided in 3 areas. The red area is called the A ZONE and is marked by yellow buoys. This area is 350 meters wide and goes to the depth of 30 meters. You cannot enter this area. The other areas allow sailing!

In the last 30 years, the fauna of this area has grown exponentially making this the world capital for scuba diving. All you need is an underwater mask to begin to discover the numerous life forms that inhabit these waters. It is very easy to see big sea-bass or schools of Mediterranean barracudas.

The town of Ustica lies in front of the only inlet of the island and it is also the only landing place: Cala Santa Maria. The remains of the ancient fortress of Capo Falconara, built in the 17th century to defend the island from Saracens, towers above Cala Santa Maria.

DAY 9 Favignana (……)

Departure for Favignana is in the morning. We will then pass near the Tonnara of Bonagia and the Cliff of the Asinelli. Favignana got its name during medieval times from the Favonio wind (the west-wind). The Greeks called it Aegusa. This island looks almost like a butterfly that has come to rest on the Mediterranean waters. It still holds the ancient secrets of terrible battles fought in Cala Rossa in 241B.C. by the Romans and the Carthaginians. The Mattanza is the traditional tuna fishing technique inherited from the Arabs. Legend has it, if you listen to the sounds on the sea it is possible to hear the songs and shouts of the fishermen during the Mattanza. After watching the sun go down from Punta Sottile, we will dock in the harbor. During the summer it is nice to take a walk in the center of town, eat out at one of the small restaurants along the main street and have a chance to listen to live music coming from the festivals that are held each year.

Places to see are the Florio Palace and Cala Rossa which is the symbol of the island. Things to taste – BUSIATI, traditional pasta that gets its shape from the knitting irons that are used to make them, seasoned with local herbs.

Day 10– Marettimo (11miles approx. 2h)

In the morning we will head for Marettimo, an unusual island with irresistible appeal. The island is green and rocky, full of marine grottoes and mineral spring. It would be best to sail around the island completely to see all its natural beauty. Please be aware there are several restricted areas only accessible with authorized boats. The National Marine Preserve occupies 60% of the coastal area almost the entire west side of the island which is a restricted area.

It is possible to stop in the many coves in the areas where sailing is permitted by park regulations. Docking is scheduled for the early afternoon in one of the 2 harbors that are located on opposite sides of the same town. One is Scalo Nuovo and the other is Scalo Vecchio. The wind will determine which harbor we dock at. You will be greeted by white square houses and baby-blue fishing boats berthed at the wharf.

The most common tour of the island begins at the harbor and goes north toward the castle and the many grottoes. The best places to go scuba diving are in the park area and are accessible only accompanied by authorized personnel. The western side of the island is incredible in its resemblance to the Dolomites. Here we suggest you don’t miss out on the opportunity to see all this.

Day 11 Marettimo – Favignana – Levanzo (13 miles, approx. 2h)

Departure in the morning in direction of the west coast of Favignana where you may have lunch and spend the day in one of the coves. In the late afternoon, you may sail to Levanzo, the smallest of the Egadi Islands. This island is considered uncontaminated and semi-unexplored yet it holds a great treasure – a set of Neolithic paintings in the Genovesa Cave. You will spend the night anchored in a roadstead.

Day 12 Levanzo-San Vito Lo Capo (23 miles, approx. 4h)

Wake-up in Levanzo with a possibility to visit the small, romantic village and take a guided tour to the Genovese Grotto with the option to go by boat or by foot.

In the afternoon departure in direction of Monte Cofano (north of Trapani) were you can stop to admire the fishing village along the way. During this entire trip the star is still the pure, crystal blue sea. She will rock you with her waves. In the late afternoon, we will departure toward San Vito Lo Capo.

Day 13 San Vito Lo Capo – Mondello (34miles, approx. 5h)

Departure toward Palermo around noon. Before reaching your destination it is possible to stop in the Gulf of Mondello . Arrival time in Palermo’s marina is set for 6p.m

Day 14 disembark in Palermo

9a.m. time to leave the boat.