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Located on the southern coast of Sicily, the town of Licata has a new, full facility marina, which makes this a very nice option for wintering in Italy. There is also a boatyard in the western basin with a large, well maintained travel lift working with both commercial and recreational boats.

Rumours circulating in April 2018 that the marina was threatened by financial problems have been clarified by the Judicial Administrator in this letter (pdf), which has been sent to all berth holders to reassure them that the activities of the Marina will continue without interruption.

Licata is most definitely not a tourist destination, but a typical Sicilian town with good shoreside services and a liveaboard cruising community that is slowly becoming established. See this report for comments from cruisers.

The historical centre of the town dates from the Byzantine period and there is some interesting architecture here. There are also a number of beautiful small beaches along the coast.

Ragusa, 30 miles to the East, has a much larger and more active liveaboard community if that is what you are looking for.

Position 37°05.0′N, 13°56.48′E (harbour entrance)

Clearance

Licata is a recognised Port of Entry.

See Italy Formalities for full details on clearing into and out of the country.

Customs are present on site at the marina and it's possible to complete formalities just a short walk away.

Last updated July 2018.

Docking

The marina is located in the large harbour of Licata, and is well protected by long, overlapping breakwaters. This is a modern, first-class marina with excellent facilities in beautifully landscaped grounds. The Marina office is situated on the quayside and is open 24/7 and the staff are reported to be very helpful and friendly.

The marina currently has 325 berths. There are shops and cafes around the marina and a brand new housing complex. There is also a small beach, very safe for children.

The marina is a 15 minute walk from the main town square. Within a short bike ride one can get to all the desired services of a live-aboard - shops, hardware stores, restaurants, etc.

Marina staff will take you to and from the station for buses to Catania (135 mins, every 2 - 3 hours, 9 EUR) or to Palermo (165 mins, every 4 hours, 9 EUR) and they will help actively with shopping in the town, if you do not find your item in the 100 m nearby shopping mall (with an excellent supermarket).

Some cruisers have reported that fouling is particularly bad over the winter here, due to large amounts of nutrients coming down the river. This will of course depend on how often you get your boat antifouled but also the type of anti-fouling paint. The marina offers a bottom-cleaning service by diver, at a reasonable rate. There have also been reports of poor security (see comments at bottom of page).

Repair service and haulout can be arranged at the commercial harbour next to the marina. As of this Autumn, the Oceanica Naval Cantiere reports to be able to lift out even 9m wide catamarans with their new travelling overhead gantry on order.

Last updated April 2016.

Marina di Cala del Sole
Corso Argentina, snc , 97027 Licata (ag) , Sicily, Italy
Tel:+39 0922 183 7137 Fax:+39 0922 183 7138 ,VHF Channel 74 (24 hrs)
Offers attractive winter rates (for 7 months October to end April). CA members get an extra free month on any 6 or 12 month contract.
All facilities, laundry, WiFi, chandlery, berth holders (6 months or more) get 20% discount on most items, coffee house/bar, restaurant, yacht club, accommodation. Right next to the marina is a large, modern mall with a full-size supermarket and shops. Marina staff reported to be very helpful. Office staff speak English. 24/7 security and CCTV cameras.

Yacht Clubs

The yacht club in Licata has started a book exchange and also holds a few presentations during the winter months. For example, Italian lessons and talks and walking tours on local history and archaeology took place during the winter of 2015/16.

A VHF net was also established for cruisers three times a week, and weekly barbecues took place on Sundays. "Skippers' technical meetings" were held regularly on a variety of topics.

Barbara Thomson
Barbara Thomson says:
Jul 12, 2018 05:47 AM

We have just been there and they put as right in front of the office for just a night. Very helpful staff and they phoned the Coast Guard to sort out our Costituto for us as we wanted to leave early in the morning so they agreed to do it immediately. Great service from the marina and the guardia costiera. Lovely feeling to the marina and a real port town so you can get work done.

dakennedy
dakennedy says:
Jul 08, 2017 06:59 PM

If you are just a transient yacht they put you as far away as you can get from things. The Marineros are not that helpful and town not that interesting. No deterrent security either.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 14, 2014 09:36 PM

All comments from cruisers about Marina di Cale del Sole in Licata have been put together in a report adjacent - "Sicily, Licata: Cruisers comment on Marina di Cale del Sole".

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