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Portorosa Yacht Charter


The temperate weather and mild winds of north-east Sicily make our newest Mediterranean base a great starting point for tours of the Sicilian coast, or voyages north around the remarkable, UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands. A collection of dramatic islands and dormant volcanoes that rise theatrically from the sea, they aptly take their name from Aeolus, god of the winds, who tends to smile on this slice of Italy.

Set a course for Stromboli and marvel at the scale and lava-spewing force of Europe’s second-largest active volcano. It’s not all rugged cliffs and steaming craters though; the Aeolian Islands also have a softer, more beautiful side, with sandy beaches and lush greenery protected by natural harbours. Head to Vulcano for superb swimming, spectacular views and black rock formations; or discover the lush vegetation of unspoilt Salina, punctuated by three enormous peaks.

Hike mountain trails, bathe in thermal springs and snorkel in clear seas. Sample the local delicacies; Sicilian food and drink is rightly famous around the world. Embark on an adventure that takes you through ragged, timeless Filicudi to blooming Salina, isolated Alicudi, towering Stromboli, lively little Panarea and on to the main Aoelian island of Lipari. Revel in the area’s unique blend of food, history, architecture and art. More adventurous sailors may even fancy sailing one way from Portorosa to Tropea, Palermo or Procida, or take on the challenge of a two-week Sicilian coastal and open water voyage all the way down to magical Malta.

  • Relaxed sailing with consistent winds and volcanic islands
  • Clear, warm waters ideal for snorkelling
  • Spectacular black sand beaches
  • Europe’s second largest active volcano
  • Short passages between Aeolian islands

Sailing in Portorosa

A Portorosa bareboat yacht charter affords the opportunity to explore the archipelago of the seven undeveloped Aeolian Islands, with their rocky outcrops, picturesque harbours and outstanding beaches.  In summer, winds are generally north-westerly, 8 to 12 knots ( 8 - 13 mph), and temperatures average 27 – 30ºC (80 - 86ºF).

An Italian sailing holiday from Sunsail’s base at Portorosa is suitable for sailors with some previous sailing experience.

What's included ?

To make sure that you get the most out of your Portorosa Yacht Charter, we have equipped all of our yachts with  the highest specification kit to help provide comfort, performance and fun onboard; so all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy your sailing holiday with family and friends.

Portorosa Higlights

Charter a yacht from our Portorosa base, unfurl your sails in the shimmering Mediterranean and weave between a string of sensational Aeolian Islands. Use our Aeolian islands sailing itinerary to help you make the most of this mystical land of volcanoes, sea caves and black sand beaches.

  • Filicudi

    Filicudi is the wildest and most visually appealing of all the Aeolian Islands, with its stunning Blue Grotto and a network of hiking trails allowing visitors to explore the island’s scenic interior. Snorkelling and scuba-diving in the island’s volcanic underwater rock formations are a favourite with visitors.

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  • Lipari

    With chic and sophisticated shopping and eating opportunities, Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands offers a lot to sailors. It has an excellent museum and some truly spectacular snorkelling and scuba-diving. For those wanting to take things slower, Pumice white sand beaches are the perfect destination.

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  • Panarea

    Set sail to one of the loveliest of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea, which effortlessly combines outstanding natural beauty, fabulous beaches and just enough places of historical interest to not be overwhelming) in an ambience of chic sophistication.

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