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Sailing in Sicily

A gastronomic and sailing tour in Sicily by Ella

Sailing in Sicily

To get the most out of a sailing trip to Sicily, you should aim to have at least two weeks to spend cruising along the north and east coasts to see the volcanos and ancient sites as well as the spectacular landscape. The main port for Sicily is Palermo; other larger ports around the island are Cefalù and Portorosa Marina to the north, Riposto and Syracuse to the east, Marina di Ragusa to the south and Sciaccia to the west.

photo by gnuckx

The sunny season lasts from mid-April to October, and in good weather the winds are light. During peak season anchoring prices will soar, ranging from about €40 to €120 a night for a 12-metre boat.

Lovers of Italian food will be in heaven in Sicily - the island is thought by many to have the best food in the whole of Italy. Aside from traditional Italian influence, Sicilian cuisine also draws from Spanish, Greek and Arab cooking to give it wonderfully unique and unforgettable flavours.

From arancini to cannoli

photo by stu_spivack
A Sicilian dish that must be sampled when visiting the island is arancini, balls of creamy risotto rice stuffed with cheese, vegetables or meat, and then fried until they are crispy and golden on the outside.
Surrounded by the blue and bountiful Mediterranean, it's not surprising to learn that Sicily is also famed for its plentful frutti di mare. You should try to visit a fish market during your travels, where you can buy wonderfully fresh fish and try authentic Sicilian dishes like marinated sardines. Perhaps one of the best ways to sample Sicily's seafood is with pasta: '''linguine, garlic
and mussels''' are a perfect match.

photo by micurs
Sicily is also renowned for its sweet treats, especailly cannoli. Originating in the capital, Palermo, these mouth-watering pastries combine a fresh, crispy shell with an indulgent ricotta cream filling. Granita and brioche is another traditional Sicilian delicacy and consists of scoops of sorbet-like ground ice, sugar and fruit, sandwiched between slices of buttery brioche. Creamy nut flavours like almond are popular.

Dionysus, the god of wine

photo by VinoFamily
When it comes to which wine to wash your food down with, you won't be short of choice; Sicily has been making wine for millenia and legend has it that it was Dionysus, the god of wine himself, who planted the first grapes on the island. The signature red grape native to Sicily is Nero d'Avola, and its white grape equivalent is Cattaratto. Dessert wines are also very popular here due to the sugar content of the grapes and the sun's drying qualities - so make sure you try a glass of Marsala during your trip!

First photo is by Alexis Fam Photography

Our Insider is Ella Jameson

Ella Jameson is a writer, blogger and contributor to many different websites, blogs and magazines. After graduating from university with a degree in English Literature, Ella worked as an editor and copywriter for several years before becoming a freelance journalist. Ella lives in London when she isn't visiting as many countries as she possibly can, and enjoys cooking (and eating!) foreign cuisine.

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Food & Drink

Main destinations

Hotels in the area

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Villa Igiea

Palermo

From € 104.00

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Baglio Villa Sicilia

Selinunte (Castelvetrano)

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Locanda Don Serafino

Ragusa

From € 83.00

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Castello Camemi

Vizzini Scalo

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Iblaresort

Ragusa

From € 75.00

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Hotel Principe di Villafranca

Palermo

From € 67.00

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Terre di Himera

Termini Imerese

From € 80.00

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Baglio Spanò

Marsala

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Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes

Palermo

From € 89.00

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Cefalù Hotels
Ragusa Hotels
Palermo Hotels
Sciacca Hotels
Sicily (all hotels)