Vent Portant Bases

SICILY

The history of this island is rich and varied. Sicily is famous for its beautiful natural sites, the volcano of mount Etna, and its impressive coastline fringed with islands and islets.

Santa Agata de Militello and Portorosa are ideal starting points for the very nearby Aeolian Islands, but they also offer many other routes for week-long cruises. A mere three hours of sailing and you find yourself in the middle of an archipelago of seven islands. See the smoke and fumes of Vulcano, the white beaches of Lipari, and the slopes of Stromboli.

Sailing along the coast to the east, you can explore numerous bays between Cape Orlando and Messina. Beyond the Strait of Messina, a memorable ascent of Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, can be organized. If you decide to head west, three hours sailing takes you to the famous port of Cefalu and further, to Palermo, capital of Sicily. In the West of Sicily is Marsala, a beautiful and quiet town best known for its wines, from where you can either go north to visit Egadi, or south to Pantelleria — islands of volcanic origin. Marsala is a good starting point to make the 120 nm crossing to Malta and then Tunisia.

Weather: The usual summer winds are from the North West, sometimes veering to the West, and only occasionally backing North East.

SARDINIA

The base of Portisco is located on the beautiful “Emerald Coast.” The marina is part of a natural creek. The Maddalena archipelago is natural park dotted with unique beaches. In the West is the virgin island of Asinara, and to the East is the coast of the Gulf of Orosei, a habitat for monk seals. During these cruises, there are plenty of well-equipped moorings where you’ll enjoy a dream vacation in an environment of rare quality. In the South, Carloforte is the only inhabited village on the island of San Pietro. In this pristine area, it is still possible to take part in the old way of tuna fishing, called “Mattanza.”

Weather: Typically Mediterranean weather with an average temperature varying little during the year. Excellent sailing conditions for almost nine months.

TUSCANY

Between the Tuscany coast and the islands of Elba to Puntone and, a little further north, Castiglioncello, for a cruise that will take you to the islands of Montecristo, Gigilo or to Corsica and Sardinia.

Practical Informations

Flights: Many companies fly to Italy: Ryanair, Easyjet, XL Airways France, Air France, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Vueling.. etc.Paris –Venice: 90 € to 300 € Paris–Palermo € 400 to € 500 Olbia: 300 € to 1500 €

Papers: No visa requirements for EU nationals. Depuis January 1, 2011, a tourist tax has been applied by the municipality of Rome. This tax applies to anyone staying in the hotel in the capital city of Rome, with the exception of youth hostels.

Currency: Euro €.

Vaccines: No vaccine required.

Language: Italian is the official language, English and French are spoken by tour guides.