If you are on your way west and not visiting the Aeolian Islands, then Milazzo will be your first port of call. Milazzo is a buzzing little town where fast ferries connect mainland Sicily to the Aeolian Islands. Worth visiting is the castle of Frederick II. You can read more about Milazzo at the following webpage: The main harbour can be hot and crowded in the summer and I recommend that you choose an inner pontoon berth in one of two marinas just beneath the castle outside the main harbour:

Marina Santa Maria Maggiore – owned and managed by Christina who you can contact on +39 328 9543427 (mobile) or +39 090 9221002. For further information, you can visit the marina’s website at

Poseidon Marina – owned and managed by Paolo and Morena who you can contact on +39 329 2708094 (Morena) or +39 329 2708095 (Paolo).