SICILY

Anchored behind a very large breakwater in the harbor of Mazara del Vallo provided very good protection from the continued strong winds.      The view from the boat did not present a very inviting village but as we explored it was a very nice old village with local artwork displayed and many artisan shops.  A nice unexpected surprise.
Our cruising book claims this is the largest fishing harbor, although we did not quite see it that way.     We stayed one extra day due to thunderstorms in our path.    Now time was really slipping away before we had to depart Sicily. The crew from Kismet came over for drinks. It was Shirley´s birthday.
Mazara del Vallo river & harbor

Mazara del Vallo harbor is dirty, but the town is very nice

Art work in Mazara

Art work in Mazara

Kismet

Kismet on anchor outside the harbor

 

Martin & Sheila from Kismet

Shirley & Martin from Kismet

Our next stop,Sciacca, to our opinion looked to have a even larger fishing harbor than previous.   The main town sat up on a hill so after climbing several sets of steps we arrived at a lovely square which was very active.   Children playing games, a photo shoot of a bride and groom having just exited the church at the end of the square, and many families out walking.    We then came across a large group of people standing behind a police barracade.   Once the police removed the barracade the group started walking and it was then we realized it was at least 70 quite elderly men.    I asked several but they could not explain in English, but one managed to say “a way of looking ahead”.      Later after dinner we found another group in the square having what appeared to be a “community debate”.   Sciacca is a very active village!
Sciacca harbor

Sciacca harbor

Art work in Sciacca

Art work in Sciacca

 

More art work

More art work

Basilica

Basilica

House on the way down to the Marina

House on the way down to the Marina

 

Monday morning, looking ahead at the weather for crossing to Malta, we decided Tuesday would be the best and this meant we would continue past Porto Empedocle/Agrigento, which was a big disappointment.   Here is where we had planned to visit Greek ruins.

Our last destination on Sicily, Licata, has a beautiful new marina and VERY attractive prices for winter moorage.  There were already several cruisers there, including two Swedish boats.    The town was large enough for entertainment while staying on board during the winter.
Marina Licata with shpping mall just 200 m from Marina!

Marina Licata with shopping mall just 200 m from Marina!


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