Westbound and other Routes:
At this point, should you choose to sail further west along the south coast of Sicily, I recommend that you include the following stopovers in you passage plan: Marina di Ragusa, Porto Empedocle, Sciacca, Mazara del Vallo.
The choice here would be to sail south across to the nearby island of Pantelleria or to sail up the west coast of Sicily towards the Egadi islands, Trapani and San Vito Lo Capo. Trapani is well worth visiting as it is from here that you can take a cable car to the medieval hilltop town of Erice which you just cannot miss if you are sailing past. I do also recommend you visit the Trapani Salt Museum and if you have a day to spare, visiting the island of Mozia, midway between Trapani and Marsala to the south, will be a wonderful experience.
Unless your plans are to cross over to Sardegna, you can consider stopping at San Vito Lo Capo which offers a beautiful anchorage before proceeding along the north coast of Sicily. Palermo would be your next stop if you are attracted to visit the buzzing capital of Sicily. The island of Ustica which is north of Palermo offers outstanding diving opportunities and worth sailing to if you have the time and the weather permits. Cefalù, Capo d’Orlando and Tindari are other highly recommended stopovers on the north coast.
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