We have overwintered our boat
at Marina di Ragusa the last two years. We have not yet ventured further west up the coast than there, so cannot speak for it. MDR is a nice place to overwinter and a good stopover for the short hop to Malta
but there is not that much locally. It has a small but good chandler who is friendly and helpfull and a well equiped boatyard with a poor reputation. As regards to the hotly debated topic of which is best Licata or MDR, I know Licata is cheaper but after that it seems to be a question of whats important to you.
I'm surprised you haven't had some more responses from the MDR crowd who are better placed to answer than I as we tend to just transit through the area quite quickly. There is a place to anchor
at Porto Palo, but I haven't been there and a Marina just around Capo Passero at Marzamemi. The Marina at Marzamemi is nothing to write home about but make sure you make the mile long walk northwards along the coast to the village.
As Lawrence Craig said Catania is grungy in parts
, though the main square is stunning and you are well placed to explore Etna. I would think carefully though about visiting Catania if you have a catamaran
. We went to pick up friends from the airport
last September and there were no berths suitable catamarans. In the end we squeezed in to two adjacent vacant monohull
berths ( the only ones in Catania) where we paid 60 euros a night to have NO toilets or showers, be surrounded by stagnant water
with dead fish
and polysyrene boxes and have heavy lorries thundering past on the cobbles a few feet away. Admittedly 60euros is cheap
for a 38ft cat in Italy
but apparently that was already discounted for the lack of facilities. It's probably better with a cat to go to the peripheral places like Riposto, though it will cost you!