The island of Sicily may be petite, but it is overflowing with history and incredible architecture. The whitewashed buildings almost sparkle in the sun as they reflect the gleam of the shimmering seas.
With High Point Yachting, you can sail out from the port at Palermo or Portorosa (further north) and spend the week cruising around the gorgeous Aeolian Islands. Alternatively, you might want to start from Trapani and visit the magical and remote Egadi Islands.
From the shellfish and swordfish to the pistachios and hazelnuts, every morsel is home-grown, fresh and seasonal. To sample the cuisine is to luxuriate in the fullness of flavour for which Sicily is so famous.
High Point Yachting offers a great choice of crewed motor yachts, sailing yachts and catamarans in this area to allow you to explore this magnificent island and its archipelagos, from the sea. We highly recommend spending some time on land before or after your charter. This is an incredible part of the world, rich in history, culture and world-class gastronomy, grandly faded baroque towns, impressive ancient temples, active volcanos that can be observed from distance, and so much more.
We were taken aback by PALERMO. This is one of the most intriguing and fascinating cities in the world – the most beautiful churches, charming old and dilapidated palazzos, from ancient and enchanting old city to elegant and luxury shopping quarters. Palermo’s Arab-Norman churches and buildings are unique in Europe. Trattorias and restaurants specialised in Sicilian dishes are everywhere. This is a heaven for foodies!
When you explore the Aeolian islands, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea just north of Sicily, you’re following in the steps of Carthaginians, Greek pirates, Byzantines, Normans, and many more. No doubt these people marvelled at the islands’ unspoilt scenery, volcanic activity, and traces of earlier civilizations, and so will you …
Legend says that, on his voyage home from the Trojan War, the Greek hero Odysseus sailed to the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago named for Aeolus, the Greek god of the wind. Impressed by the friendliness of his hosts and the beauty of their islands, Odysseus stayed for a month. Once you’ve seen this lovely corner of the world, you’ll want to do the same!
When you explore this archipelago, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea just north of Sicily, you’re following in the steps of Carthaginians, Greek pirates, Byzantines, Normans, and many more. No doubt these people marveled at the islands’ unspoilt scenery, volcanic activity, and traces of earlier civilizations, and so will you. But you’ll also enjoy delights they could only dream of, like diving to see pirate shipwrecks, cycling through charming fishing villages and relaxing in geothermal springs after a satisfying day of enjoying local art galleries and fine dining. Come experience the Aeolian Islands for yourself.
If you’re curious about fumaroles — places where volcanic gasses and steam escape from the earth — then Vulcano is a must-see destination. The fumaroles and hot mud on this island are thought to cure disease, but whether or not that’s the case, you’ll certainly enjoy them for their novelty. Vulcano also boasts spectacular hiking trails, and active nightlife and geothermal pools.
This lush island may look familiar to you, as the popular film Il Postino was filmed here. Visit its tiny folk museums, take a stroll down its traffic-free main street, drop by a chic boutique or have a drink at the famous Da Alfredo bar.
Described by W Magazine as “the epicenter of the chicest summer scene in the Mediterranean,” fashionable Panarea attracts visitors with a taste for the finer things in life. Don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity or two as you wander through the car-free, whitewashed streets of San Pietro, the principal town. And if you like archaeology, you might find remnants dating back to the Myceneans, who lived on Panarea over 3,000 years ago.
Thought by many to be the most spectacular of the Aeolian Islands, Stromboli is in fact the top of a massive, still-active underwater volcano. Famous for its beautiful, black-sanded beaches and rocky coves, the island is the ideal place to enjoy pristine scenery. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to climb to the top of the volcanic crater for some amazing views.