Bagnara Calabra

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Bagnara Calabra
38°17.970'N, 015°48.860'E Chart icon.png
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Bagnara Calabra from N (before the installation of the pontoons)

The town and small harbour of Bagnara Calabra lie on the Calabrian coast of Italy, along the 'instep' of the peninsula, around five miles NE of the tiny harbour of Scilla at the entrance to the Straits of Messina. Originally a fishing harbour, the town is known for its swordfish fishing fleet and also for the manufacture of the Italian nougat confection, torrone. Wine is also produced on the slopes surrounding the town. Since 2009, the harbour has been operated under concession by Compagnia Portuale T. Gulli, which also operates the harbour of Reggio di Calabria. The company has installed three pontoons for use by leisure craft. Bagnara Calabria is also a popular tourist resort, mainly frequented by Italian tourists attracted by its rugged landscape and long sandy beaches.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Calabrian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW sea breeze that kicks in in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from some of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous. Bagnara Calabria itself suffers from swell with northerly storms and consequently, two of the pontoons are usually removed for the 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 are broadcast from stations at La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


See Mediterranean.



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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no dangers in the approach from either N or S. From S, the town is conspicuous, extending for over a mile at the foot of mountainous slopes and fringed by a long, sandy beach with a series of six rocky wavebreaks protecting it.

The harbour itself is situated 500m NE of the town in a small natural cove, protected by a long breakwater. The harbour is entered from NE around the end of the breakwater. Shelter is good here in most conditions, although strong W and NW winds cause a surge.


Pontoons in Bagnara Calabra

Porto di Bagnara Calabra

Porto di Bagnara Calabra/wiki/Bagnara_Calabra#Porto_di_Bagnara_Calabra
Harbour icon Porto di Bagnara Calabra [[Bagnara Calabra#Porto di Bagnara Calabra|Porto di Bagnara Calabra]] 38°17.949'N, 015°48.852'E

Yachts normally moor wherever they can find space on one of the three pontoons. There are laid moorings at all pontoons. Most of the berths are occupied by local boats, but there is usually room for a few yachts of up to 15 metres in depths of around 3.0 metres. Larger yachts can lie alongside at the fuel dock in the harbour, but must be prepared to move off during busy periods. Contact the arpeggiator, Pepe (who speaks fluent English), to request a berth. The remaining quays and the breakwater are usually occupied by fishing and commercial vessels. Depths here range from 5.0 to 15.0 meters. The water and electricity supply are not very reliable.

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Prices: Price for 13M yacht was € 55 in September (2016), but this is negotiable
Harbour of Bagnara Calabra
S/Y Salacia lifting out in Bagnara Calabra

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



The nearest alternative safe anchorage is the harbour of Scilla five miles SW.


Water On the floating pontoons
Electricity On the floating pontoons
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry Yes. In the town
Garbage Some bins around the harbour
Fuel On the east quay
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers Local hardware shops
Repairs Most engine and GRP repairs can be arranged through local charter company Spartivento (contact Salvatore Scarliato on +39 348 1305492, who speaks fluent English). Hard standing area for around 50 yachts. Slipway. Large capacity (250 T) travel lift. Spartivento winters all its yachts here.
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals No car rental and no taxis


  • Two supermarkets and other provisions shops up in the town (15 minutes)
  • Bagnara is famous for its Italian nougat, torrone

Eating out

  • Numerous restaurants and pizzerias in the town (15 minutes)
  • Three hotels in the town (one open all year)


  • The A3 road passes around two kilometres E of the harbour
  • Train station 20 min walk. Trains to Iameza and Reggio di Calabria
  • Airport at Iameza (one hour)


The town of Bagnara Calabra lies at the foot of steep mountains and there are some bracing walks in the surrounding countryside through vineyard-clad terraces. The town itself contains several historic Baroque churches and a ducal palace.


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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