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Porticciolo Sant'Agata (Messina, Sicily)

Things to do in Sicily

The beautiful island of Sicily is also the largest one in the Mediterranean. One of the main tourist resorts in Europe, it is also surrounded by several archipelagos of small islands, such as Aeolian in the northeast, Pelagie in the southwest, Egadi in the east and Pantelleria or Ustica in the northwest. Sicily is also famous for Etna, one of the few active volcanoes, located on the east coast of Sicily, so it can be seen from the sea, in all its great beauty.

Moreover, its Mediterranean climate makes the island a pleasant place throughout the year especially in lush and flowery spring. The provident African Sirocco gently caresses the sails, while creating pleasant temperature and offering low rainfall. Palermo deserves a special mention, as it is the capital of the island, a city with ancient history that can be reflected in its architecture, marked by Baroque and a bit of Modernism. But above all, the city has a great maritime tradition. The Porto Civile is the largest port in Italy and is surrounded by several recreational marinas and fishing ports. Also, the port of La Cala is considered the oldest in the world and has now been renovated as a tourist port.

In the southeast of the island we find Syracuse, with numerous historical and artistic centers. Sicily is also an entrance door, as the island is located in the middle of the Strait of Sicily (145 kilometers wide), a must stop for captains wishing to explore from the Eastern Mediterranean to the West; for those looking for a port; those directing to the Egadi Islands, which are also a good alternative; exploring the borders of the Tyrrhenian Sea (seeking tranquility) or just delighting in small villages and picturesque landscape. Surface currents go from west to east across this canal.

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