Adriatic Sea

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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic Sea
42°46.273'N, 015°15.601'E Chart icon.png
ItalyOtrantoBrindisiBariManfredoniaTermoliPescaraAnconaRiminiRavennaVenice  or VeneziaTriesteSloveniaKoperCroatiaUmagPorecRijekaZadarSplitDubrovnikBosnia and HerzegovinaMontenegroBudvaBarAlbaniaDurrës or Dyrrhachion or DurazzoSarandë or Agioi Saranda
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Map of the Adriatic Sea Region - For details click on a name or an area

The Adriatic Sea is between the Italian peninsula and the Balkan peninsula. The name is derived from the Etruscian colony of Hadria.

The sea extends northwest from 40° to 45°45' North, with an extreme length of about 770 km (415 nm, 480 mi). It has an average width of about 160 km (85 nm, 100 mi), although the Strait of Otranto, through which it connects at the south with the Ionian Sea, is only 45-55 nautical miles wide (85–100 km).

Moreover, the chain of islands which fringes the northern part of the eastern shore reduces the extreme breadth of open sea in this part to 145 km (78 nm, 90 mi). Its total surface area is about 60,000 square miles (160,000 km²).

The International Hydrographic Organization defines the southern limit of the Adriatic Sea as "A line running from the mouth of the Butrinto River (39°44'N) in Albania to Cape Karagol in Corfu, through this island to Cape Kephali (these two capes are in lat. 39°45'N) and on to Cape Santa Maria di Leuca".[4]

The depths of the Adriatic near its shores share a close relationship to the physiography of the nearby coastlines. Wherever the coasts are high and mountainous, the nearby sea depths are considerable. For instance, in the case of the Istrian and Dalmatian areas of Slovenia and Croatia the shores are low and sandy and the nearby sea is shallow, as in the vicinity of Venice or, farther south, near the delta of the Italian Po River. Generally speaking, the waters are shallow all along the Italian coast. The maximum depth of the Adriatic Sea is 3,300 feet (1.0 km) and is situated south of the central area. The average depth is 1,457 feet (0.444 km).

Charts

BA
186 Vlorë to Bar and Brindisi to Vieste
188 Entrance to the Adriatic sea including Nisos Kérkira
683 Bar, Dubrovnik, and Approaches to Peljeski Kanal
1582 Approaches to Bar and Boka Kotorska
1590 Albania Ports
Imray
M27 Dubrovnik to Bar and Ulcinj
NIMA
54240 Dubrovnik to Pellg I Drinit
54260 Pellg I Drinit to Kerkira including the Strait of Otranto
54266 Durres and Vlore Albania
54267 Durres and Appr Albania
54280 Corfu Channel to Nisis Proti Albania

Weather

See Italy, Croatia, Montenegro or Albania pages.

Sources for weather information:

See Italy, Croatia, Montenegro or Albania pages.

Currents & Tides

Details?

Passages

Due to the relatively small area of the Adriatic, it is not meaningful to talk about passages in the usual sense, since most cruisers crossing the Adriatic complete their passage in 12-15 hours. There are major ferry routes along the axis of the sea, between Ancona and Zadar, and between Bari and Dubrovnik. Popular routes for cruisers across the Adriatic are Bari to Dubrovnik; Pescara to Vis; Vieste to Lastovo; Ancona to Mali Losinj and (further north) from Ravenna to Pula and Venice to Umag. The Susac-Palagruza-Pianosa route is another possibility.

Countries, Groups, Ports, and Islands

There are numerous ports of entry, some of them open only in season. See country pages for details.

The eastern coast - especially that of Croatia - has numerous beautiful islands of all sizes. A notable chain of islands is Susac (Croatia) - Palagruza (Croatia) - Pianosa (Italy). By sailing along this chain one can cross the Adriatic in the middle while remaining within the 12 nM coastal navigation limit.

The countries and principal harbours around the Adriatic Sea are as follows (see country pages for full list of harbours):

Italy Slovenia Croatia Bosnia &
Herzegovina
Montenegro Albania
Otranto Otranto /wiki/Otranto Harbour icon – harbour |
Brindisi Brindisi /wiki/Brindisi Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Bari Bari /wiki/Bari Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Manfredonia Manfredonia /wiki/Manfredonia Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Termoli Termoli /wiki/Termoli Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Pescara Pescara /wiki/Pescara Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Ancona Ancona /wiki/Ancona Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Rimini Rimini /wiki/Rimini Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Ravenna Ravenna /wiki/Ravenna Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
VeneziaVenezia/wiki/Venice Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Trieste Trieste /wiki/Trieste Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Koper Koper /wiki/Koper Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Izola Izola /wiki/Izola Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Piran Piran /wiki/Piran Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Umag Umag /wiki/Umag Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
Porec Porec /wiki/Porec Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Rijeka Rijeka /wiki/Rijeka Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
Zadar Zadar /wiki/Zadar Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
Split Split /wiki/Split Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Dubrovnik Dubrovnik /wiki/Dubrovnik Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Budva Budva /wiki/Budva Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Bar Bar /wiki/Bar Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |
Kotor Kotor /wiki/Kotor Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto Montenegro Porto Montenegro /wiki/Porto_Montenegro Marina icon – marina |
DurrësDurrës/wiki/Durres Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |
SarandëSarandë/wiki/Sarande Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||

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Forums

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Links

References & Publications

Covers the coasts of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Sardinia, Sicily, the Ionian 'heel' and Malta
see also 777 Harbours and Anchorages Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania
  • Jane Cody & John Nash, Croatia Cruising Companion, Wiley Nautical (reprinted 2010), ISBN 978-1904358282
  • Hrvatski Hidrografski Institut, Adriatic Sea Pilot Volume 2, Croatian Hydrographic department, ISBN 9536165317
  • Hrvatski Hidrografski Institut, Adriatic Sea Pilot Volume 1, Croatian Hydrographic department, ISBN 9536165325
  • Zavod Leksikografski, Navigational Guide to the Adriatic, Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, ISBN 9789536036875
  • Radovan Marčić & Braslav Karlić, A Gourmet Cruise; The Adriatic Good Food Pilot, Gustoza đita (3rd Edition 2010), ISBN 9789537131043

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