Catamaran Lagoon 620 · 2014
Porto Capo d'Orlando Marina, Capo d'Orlando, Italy
- 11 beds
- 4 cabins
- 6 bathrooms
- 18.9 m long
- Crew included
- Full batten mainsail
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Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is full of hidden gems that you can only discover by boat - specifically with a catamaran or another kind of boat with a shallow draft. After all, you come to Sicily for a sailing vacation if you want to explore the natural beauty of the main island and the incredible smaller islands surrounding it. Charter a catamaran in Sicily to come as close to these secluded shores as you can.
The most striking advantage of renting a catamaran in Sicily is undeniably the fact that catamarans come with a shallow draft. This means that you can sail close to all the stunning bays, shores and beaches that you came to Sicily for. Favignana Beaches is the Caribbean of Sicily and offers the most stunning turquoise waters to swim in - surrounded by incredible rock formations, of course.
Another advantage of chartering a catamaran in Sicily is that catamarans come with an engine and a sail. This makes them absolute multitaskers when it comes to navigating the sea. You can either sail with the wind when it’s strong enough or use the engine when it’s not. This means that you don’t need to wait in the middle of the sea for the wind to pick up again until you can continue your journey. You simply use the tool that you need at the right moment in time.
Another fantastic benefit of catamarans is the space you get on board. Standing on two hulls doesn’t just give catamarans more stability, it also means that there is more space to be used. This often results in bigger bedrooms and more space to relax. You will feel more like sleeping in a hotel room on water rather than a simple cabin on a boat.
One of the downsides of renting a catamaran in Sicily is equally an advantage: The space. While it might be incredibly comfortable to sleep on board a rather spacious boat, it might also come with some difficulties. Bigger boats need bigger spots for mooring and that makes them a bit harder to navigate than other types of boats. Especially during the super busy high season in July and August it might be a challenge to find a spot for mooring in the marinas. Even if you do - you might have a hard time getting there. And you might have to pay extra. Bigger boats take up more space and therefore need to pay more.
Anyone who has the funds will get excited about chartering a private luxury catamaran in Sicily. You get all the benefits of a catamaran, but with more exclusive extras. Many luxury catamarans have a fridge, freezer as well as a stove board, but also snorkeling equipment, a SUP or even a jacuzzi. What more could you ask for on a sailing adventure on a catamaran in Sicily?
Most catamarans are built to host 10-12 people. This is also the standard size for catamaran charters in Sicily. However, there are also exceptions to the rule and some catamarans can host more or fewer people than that.
Sailing season in Sicily lasts from April until October with many sunny days in between. The most popular months for a boat holiday are July and August. Book your catamaran in Sicily for these months well in advance so that you can rest assured that you get to spend it on your dream boat.
Renting a catamaran in Sicily is not the cheapest option when it comes to boat holidays in this part of Italy, but it doesn’t have to break the bank either. On average it costs 140 EUR per person per day to charter a catamaran in Italy. Keep in mind that this is only the average price of a catamaran rental in Italy. You will always be able to find cheaper or more expensive catamarans in Sicily - depending on your budget and your personal needs.
Anyone who wants to rent a boat in Sicily needs to be in possession of a valid boat licence. It is also mandatory when renting a catamaran in Sicily. EU-residents will be pleased to hear that their boat licenses are automatically valid in Italy, non-EU-residents are not always so lucky. You should always check the necessary requirements before coming to Italy. It will save you some potential disappointments.
One of the most scenic routes you can take is to sail west from Palermo towards Trapani. This route also takes you to discover the Aegadian Islands Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. This route looks like paradise.
Day 1 - Sail from Palermo to La Praiola in Terrasini: Before you head out on your catamaran to discover the Sicilian coast, you should stroll around the picturesque streets of Palermo and visit some of the most interesting historical sites. The Cattedrale di Palermo and the Quattro Canti are two of the most interesting and beautiful places to visit in the city. You might even want to see a performance at the Massimo Theater if you have the time. Once you arrive at La Praiola you should go for a swim, soak up the sun and just relax. You’re on vacation now!
Day 2 - Sail from La Praiola to San Vito Lo Capo: San Vito Lo Capo is one of the most beautiful spots on the main island of Sicily. The Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro - Entrata Nord - San Vito Lo Capo is just around the corner from the town and offers the most stunning views as well as beautiful nature where you can hike or snorkel - depending on the activities you prefer. Many historical towers are scattered around this part of the island and make for a nice stop in between. Sailing with a catamaran in Sicily means that you get to sail closer to the shore and discover the Sicilian coast from up close.
Day 3 - Sail from San Vito Lo Capo to Trapani: In Trapani you should take in the breathtaking views when arriving at the harbor before stepping foot onto the land again. The magnificent seafront with the colorful houses and turquoise water is definitely worth looking at for a few minutes. The Museum of Illusions Trapani is a highlight when visiting the city and makes for some cool pictures that you will enjoy looking back on. Historical and architectural highlights of the city are the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and Erice, an incredible Medieval castle high up in the Sicilian mountains.
Day 4 - Sail from Trapani to Levanzo: The island of Levanzo offers some incredible beaches that are not like regular beaches. Jump in the crystal clear water at Spiaggia di Cala Minnola which is made of unique rock formations. At Cala Faraglione you can discover some interesting wildlife and sail close to the little islet in front of the coast when sailing on a catamaran.
Day 5 - Sail from Levanzo to Favignana: Like Levanzo, you come to the island of Favignana for the views and the stunning beaches with unique rock formations. Cala Stornello, Spiaggia di Marasolo and Grotta Perciata are just three of the many spots where you can relax and discover the beautiful nature and landscapes of a small Sicilian island. If you are up for a hike and want to enjoy some stunning views from above, you should hike to Castle of Santa Catarina in the center of the island.
Day 6 - Sail from Favignana to Marsala: This beautiful town on Sicily’s west coast charms you with its historical architecture, the lovely beaches and windmills. Treat yourself to a delicious traditional Sicilian meal. After all, your sailing holiday on a catamaran in Sicily is almost finished and you should gather some strength for the return journey the next day.
Day 7 / 8 - Sail from Marsala to Palermo: Depending on your speed, it will take you a day or two to get back to Palermo. You might also want to stop at some of the beautiful beaches you missed on your way here - just to jump into turquoise waters one last time before heading back home and back to reality.
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