Aeolian Islands – Malta 14 days

ITINERARY AEOLIAN ISLANDS AND MALTA

Program suggested is for a two week trip Palermo-Eolie- Malta-Palermo

The Aeolian Islands and Malta can easily be reached by boarding our boats in Palermo. This itinerary has been designed for you traveling at an average speed of 6 knots per hours.

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 is at 8am steering toward Cefalù. It will be possible to stop for an unforgettable swim in the crystal clear waters of either Porticello Bay or Santa Flavia and also to 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. It is simple cuisine 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 dinghy. 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, we departure to visit Lipari, the largest of the Eolie islands. You may stop at the Faraglioni and leave the boat with the dinghy 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, we departure in direction of Salina. 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, we 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. There you may swim in the bubbles from the sulphuric 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 (0.8 miles approx. 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-Milazzo: ( ……………………………..

We wake up 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, we sail in direction of Milazzo where you will spend the night in the harbor “Porto di Nettuno”. Why not visit the town and see the old castle?

DAY 7 Milazzo – Messina:(……………………………….

In the morning we will sail to Messina and cross the Sicilian Channel. Please be aware of the currents and the ships around you. We will spend the night in the touristic port.

DAY 8 Taormina – Giardini Naxos: (………………………..

In the morning, we depart going towards Giardini Naxos and Taormina. The cruise in the Naxos Bay will offer you one of the most beloved and breathtaking scenes in the world thanks to Mount Etna in the background and Capo Taormina overlooking the bay. After lunch you may reach Taormina and dock in the touristic harbor. The town is located on Mount Tauro towering the Ionian Coast. Places to see during your day in Taormina are: the Greek theater, Palazzo Corvaja (where the first Sicilian Parliament was held in 1409), and the breathtaking Belvedere Plaza. Taormina is also full of small churches, like San Giuseppe on the Belvedere Plaza and Sant’Agostino near the old Clock Tower (that used to be one of the main entrances to the town), San Nicolas Cathedral that dates back to the 13th century, and the baroque fountain in front of it. Taormina is also a great place to shop.

DAY 9 Siracusa: (……………………………..

In the morning, we will set course toward Siracusa. This is a sea town grown around the bay that crawls into the sea with the island of Ortigia. This island is tied to the main land by a bridge, Ponte Nuovo. Ortigia is the most ancient part of the city of Siracusa, in fact it was already inhabited in the 14th century B.C. Ortigia’s history began in 734 B.C. when the Corinthians set foot on it bringing the ancient Greek culture to the island. Ortigia is a magical place to walk through, especially at night.

DAY 10 Capo Passero – Malta: (………………………

We will set course toward Capo Passero in the morning. The village has a small touristic harbor. This is Sicily’s most southern point, the Mediterranea and the Ionian sea meet making this a lovely place, in front of the island that bears the same name. The village is close to Porto Palo di Capo Passero, another fishermen’s village where you will find all the tranquility you may need. This is a paradise for scuba divers and sea lovers, because it is possible to see some of the most beautiful sea beds of the entire Mediterranean Sea.

This part of Sicily is well known through -out Italy for gastronomic products that are still prepared with old traditional recipes. The bottarga di tonno for example is still prepared using the ancient Greek method. In the late afternoon we will depart toward Malta.

DAY 11 Malta: (………………………………

Arrival to Malta is scheduled in the morning. Malta is the largest of the Calipsee Islands; the other islands are Gozo, Comino, Cominotto and Filfora. Malta has more than one touristic port and all of them have good accommodations for yachts and the prices are reasonable. The capital is Valletta, the commercial and administrative heart of the archipelago. In the heart of Valletta are hidden some of the most important European architectural masterpieces in some of the remaining churches and buildings. Thanks to the mild weather it is possible to comfortably visit the island all year around. Experienced scuba divers have a lot to discover in these waters. This is a great place for beginners also; in fact these waters are motionless, warm, clear and safe. Visibility often goes beyond 30 meter in depth and the sea bed and the fauna are highly populated and spectacular. There are many diving spots and they include grottos and relics and underwater walls, and may be used during the day time or at night, from the coast or by boat too. Even in the winter time it is possible to find a safe place to go diving.

The official language is Maltese and English.

DAY 12 Malta-Milazzo:

Departure towards Milazzo in the morning and the arrival in port is scheduled for night time.

DAY 13 Milazzo –Palermo:

In the morning, we sail toward Palermo. Arrival time is 6:00 p.m. at the marina.

DAY 14 Disembark at Palermo:

9am Time to leave the boat.