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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaItalyAdriatic Coast of ItalyOrtona
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The town of Ortona lies on the Adriatic coast of Italy 20 miles NW from the harbour of Porto di Vasto and 10 miles SW from the port of Pescara. Today Ortona is primarily a commercial and fishing harbour, although there is a section of the harbour which has been turned into a small porto turistico providing berths for yachts of up to 18 metres.


British Admiralty


During the summer months, the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal sea breezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “Scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerized voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Adriatic.



Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Ortona is easily identified from distance, with its castle and cathedral conspicuous on the hill behind the long harbour breakwaters. A tall lighthouse on the NW side of the harbour is conspicuous from N. In the approach from N, stay at least 300 metres offshore to avoid the artificial reef protecting the beach. In the SW corner of the harbour, W of the yacht pontoons, beware of rocky outcrops just off the quay. The harbour is entered from due E. Berths for visiting yachts lie to port behind the mole extending NNW from the southern breakwater.


Ortona harbour from NW

Porto di Ortona

Porto di Ortona/wiki/Ortona#Porto_di_Ortona
Harbour icon Porto di Ortona [[Ortona#Porto di Ortona|Porto di Ortona]] 42°20.953'N, 014°24.801'E

Visiting yachts normally berth on the seasonal pontoons (1 May - 30 September) or associated quays operated by the so-called Marina di Ortona at the SW corner of the harbour behind the protective mole. There are around 200 berths (fewer out of season) here for yachts up to 18 metres. Depths at the pontoons and quays range from 3.0 - 4.0 metres. Laid moorings at all berths. Facilities include: water and electricity.

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (085) 906 4432; VHF channel 12

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Anchoring is possible at the SW corner of the harbour clear of the yacht berths and moorings in depths of 4.0 - 5.0 metres. The holding is good in mud.


Water On the pontoons and quays
Electricity On the pontoons and quays
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins near the pontoons
Fuel Fuel station on the quay
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs Yard on SW side of harbour. Slipway (90 T). Mobile crane (120 T). Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood, fiberglass and steel hull repairs. Sail repairs. Divers
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town


Numerous provisions shops in the town.

Eating out

Numerous restaurants and pizzerias in the town.


  • Buses to most local destinations from the town.
  • Railway station with connections to most destinations.



Ortona was an ancient settlement (Bronze Age remains have recently been discovered in the town). Ortona was an important harbour for the Byzantines and later the Franks. The town walls and castle were constructed in the 15th century when the town was part of the Kingdom of Sicily. Later, Ortona was a key component of the Gustav Line, the defensive line constructed by the Nazi forces against the invading Allied troops during World War II. The town was the scene of savage fighting between the Nazis and attacking Canadian forces.

Places to Visit

The 15th century castle of Ortona
Typical landscape of the Parco Nazionale della Majella

The town of Ortona is not especially exciting. The castle is worth a brief visit. However, Ortona is only some 35 kilometres from the Parco Nazionale della Majella with its wild, mountainous landscape and rare wildlife, including wolf, bear, chamois, otter and golden eagle and other than Pescara is probably the best place to base yourself for a visit.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 16:30, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

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