The autonomous Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily, with their Mediterranean climate and ancient European charm provide a lovely location for a week of exploration by superyacht. Gourmet delights, wonderfully crumbling architecture and picture-perfect beaches all await those visiting the islands.
The largest of the Mediterranean’s islands, Sicily is known for its natural beauty and many fascinating historical sites, while the slightly smaller Sardinia, with its azure waters and powdery sand, is a beach-lover’s paradise. Curated by Captain Sputh of MY Starfire, a 178′ Benetti superyacht for charter, here are seven days exploring Sardinia and Sicily by superyacht.
Day One: Palermo
Palermo is the place to start for true immersion into traditional Sicilian living. Tour the city’s and marvel at its plethora of historical sites. Visit Palermo Cathedral to experience a history of the city’s different architectural styles, all within one building. Pause regularly in between sight-seeing for refreshment in the sunshine at one of the pretty cafés that are liberally scattered throughout the Palermo’s streets.
Day Two: San Vito Lo Capo
Leave city life behind in order to appreciate the spectacular beauty of nature at San Vito Lo Capo. Catch some sun on the popular beach while gazing up at the impressive mountains that border it on two sides. Those who want a day of activity can spend hours scrambling up the mountains, learning about local flora and fauna, while those who prefer a more restful experience can await their return on the beach, drink in hand.
Day Three: Marettimo
Head west of Sicily next to visit the traditional island of Marettimo. The pretty port is backed by a cluster of stone and whitewashed houses that encapsulate the charm of the island, but to truly enjoy Marettimo’s offerings head around to the western coast for pristine swimming spots accessible only by boat. A range of delightful grottoes are also available for those wishing to indulge in a day of water-based exploration.
Day Four: Cagliari
Stop off in Sardinia next, starting at the capital city of Cagliari for a day of culture, gourmet cuisine and shopping. The city also boasts a wide range of historical sites, providing something to suit everyone’s tastes. For dinner, experience the sensory delights of modern Italian cuisine at its best at one of Cagliari’s many bustling restaurants.
Day Five: Tortoli
Leave the city lights behind once more and head to Tortoli on Sardinia’s eastern coast to appreciate the rugged, natural beauty of the island. With little more than a cluster of villages seemingly happy to be stuck forever in days gone by, Tortoli is a great location for rambling around in the wilderness. Be sure to visit the ancient San Gemiliano Tower as part of your explorations.
Day Six: Posada
One of Sardinia’s most attractive towns, Posada presents a mixture of cobbled streets, twisting passageways and ancient buildings that cannot fail to delight. Navigate your way around the castle ruins in the well-preserved medieval hilltop town centre, stopping every now and then to admire the spectacular views in every direction.
Day Six: Secluded Cove
To give you a moment of respite, your Captain will simply anchor off in a secluded bay where no one else is around. Spend the day either enjoying the peace and tranquillity from the sundeck or jump off into the azure waters for a little summer time water sport fun.
Day Seven: Porto Cervo
For an indulgent final day, visit the glitzy town or Porto Cervo for a day of serious shopping, fine dining and general luxury. Be sure to leave plenty of time to take in the stunning beach as well, as it’s one of the finest on the island.
Captain Carl Sputh of MY Starfire invites you to charter a superyacht in either the Caribbean or Mediterranean to discover excellence at sea.
Maxine Genier is VP Marketing and Branding at Luxeinacity.com.
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