How to get to Ustica
Ready your sea legs as there is only one way to reach Ustica and that is by boat. Ferries and hydrofoils run from the port at Palermo regularly throughout the year, but between the months of October and February, much of the island’s accommodation and restaurants close and the boat services may well be cancelled due to poor weather. Simply catch a bus from Palermo out to the port – they run every 30 minutes and the journey time is approximately 45 minutes. You have a choice of two boats, the faster hydrofoil or the slower yet more scenic option of the ferry. Always check the ferry timetables at the time of travel as companies in Sicily change their services frequently and timetables vary, too.
Where next in Sicily
Adding a trip to Ustica to your itinerary opens up the whole of Sicily’s northern coast for exploration. Spend a few days discovering the capital city of Palermo with its exquisite architecture, chaotic markets and irresistible street food before travelling west to the paradise beaches of San Vito Lo Capo where pure white shores dotted with palm streets await. You can even continue along the coast to picturesque Trapani with its stunning Old Town and close proximity to the misty mountain town of Erice. Trapani acts as the gateway to the rustic charm of the Egadian Islands so if you still haven’t had your fix of Sicily’s minor isles, you can take advantage of this here. Alternatively, head east to fashionable Mondello, Palermo’s favourite seaside resort, or further afield to the popular seaside town of Cefalu with its majestic cathedral and beautiful harbour.
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