Sail to the Aeolian and Aegadian Islands on a luxury charter
Sicily is a magical island featuring the intense colors and burning light of the South, the intoxicating aromas of the Mediterranean vegetation and a mouthwatering gastronomy. It is also home to countless artistic masterpieces and past dominations have turned into a melting pot of cultures that make the local culture a wonderful mix of unique and fascinating heritages.
A 7-day tour of Sicily is too short a time to discover all of the local beauties, but it is enough to grasp the essence of this land before sailing off to its enchanting archipelagoes.
Alle Isole Egadi in yacht
The Aegadian Islands lay a few miles from Trapani on the westernmost tip of Sicily. They belong to Europe’s largest Protected Marine Area . What to see in the Aegadians? The islands of Favignana, Lèvanzo and Marettimo and the two outcrops of Formica and Maraone form the archipelago. They are a great destination for tourists looking for charming beaches and an opportunity to practice outdoor activities like snorkeling and trekking.
Favignana is the biggest island of the archipelago. It is known for its enchanting natural spots like Cala Azzurra, Lido Burrone, Cala Rossa and Cala del Bue Marino, where a gorgeous landscape and azure waters perfectly match with the light coils of old baroque buildings.
Cala Azzurra, Lido Burrone, Cala Rossa and Cala del Bue Marino are the most popular spots of Favignana, the biggest of the Aegadian islands. The site exudes a charm due to the mix of the natural magic of the crystal-clear sea and fascinating old baroque architectures. An old Saracen fort dominates the town from the top of Monte Santa Caterina. Tuna is king of the island. Lovers of industrial architecture can visit the establishments where the fish used to be canned and that once belonged to the Florio family: once one of the largest of Europe.
Levanzo is the ideal destination for tourists who love a very quiet holiday. It boasts grotta del Genovese, a grotto discovered in 1949 bearing traces of 15000-year old etchings.
In Marettimo the blue shades of the houses that sparkle on the white walls of fisherman houses evoke a Greek landscape. Marettimo exhudes the scent of seasalt and of fishnets drying in the sun, away from the crowd. Time passes slowly on this island, in a suspended dimension that invites you to immerse yourself in the rhythm of nature and the cycle of maritime life. Circumnavigate the island, the roughest and rockiest one of the archipelago, to discover hidden grottos.
Sailing to the Aeolian Islands
A snorkeling paradise, the Aeolian Islands are also a must-visit destination of any charter tour of Sicily’s most beautiful islands. Rent a luxury yacht to hop around the seven islands that form of the Aeolian archipelago and experience their exciting atmosphere. Lose yourself in untouched nature of seastacks and inlets boasting spectacular seafloors and seven thousand years of history.
A surprisingly varied seafloor and the magic of a volcanic land add to the many beaches, coves, grottos, inlets, and seastacks that dot the seven islands. If you love trekking we recommend a night hike in Stromboli. The local guides will lead you to the top of the volcano where an unforgettable night scene awaits you. In the evening let the colors of the sunset enchant you as you sip a glass of delightful Malvasia di Lipari (a recommended variety of straw wine) on your luxury charter.
The Aeolian Islands (Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi e Stromboli) definitely make our list of Sicily’s most beautiful islands. Learn more about each of them in our post “Discover the Aeolian Islands on a yacht”
The Sicilian archipelagos are the perfect destination for a luxury charter cruise: daily experience the magic of different islands that share an enchanting landscape and history.