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The city offers complexity and beauty drawn from its natural surroundings. There are several religious sites, both civil and military architectural places of interest, monuments and museums that are all worth visiting while in the area.
Do allow plenty of time if you are cruising the area. The Cathedral of Messina, the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani, Porta Grazia, Fountain of Orion, are all main landmarks with a long history and fascinating stories to discover.
Portorosa, located at the lowest point of the bay between the Gulf of Milazzo and Tindari, This place is very popular with yacht and boat owners, a tourist complex characterized by villas, surrounded by vegetation, with views of navigable channels, along which are the moorings that make up the prestigious Port.
Portorosa is the largest yachting and boating tourist port in Sicily and one of the most exclusive in the Mediterranean.
The Marina as a yachting base
The seabed is sandy and not very consistent. At the entrance to the Port, it varies between 4 and 5 metres, while inland, it drops to 2.5 metres, so it has plenty of depth for yachts up to 15m
Find the maritime authority at the Milazzo Port Office.
Boats and yachts may face difficulties entering the Port when the wind and rough seas blow from the northwest.
The entrance from land is guarded by a booth with automatic gates that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure security within the complex and watch over the entrances.
The Port and its beaches were “Blue Flag” from 1993 to 2010
The name Portorosa derives from the wife name of the businessman who built the Marina. It also came from the typical colour given to the houses and the Port’s different buildings, which are pink.
History of the Town
The tourist settlement and the Port are the results of a private business initiative, with the municipal administration’s consent, undertaken at the end of the seventies. The actual construction was in 1985.
The Milanese architect Giulio Minoletti designed the Marina. The French Port of Grimaud partly inspires him. Before the construction, it was citrus fruits and vines plantation.
A small shopping centre, a service station, restaurants, a swimming pool, the ‘Genesi’ discotheque and various commercial and sailing facilities, country houses and residences equipped the Marina.
At the end of 2002 and the beginning of 2003, the Hilton hotel started constructing an imposing hotel. Later the “Valtur” chain acquired the hotel.
According to the testimony of the repentant mafioso Santo Gullo, Portorosa was one of the many places that “welcomed” the mafia’s fugitives.
From Portorosa, some direct connections are made with the Aeolian Islands. Among the nearest ports is Milazzo, with connections to Naples and the Aeolian Islands and Messina with national and international relations.
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