Bagnara Calabra

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Bagnara Calabra, Italy

Bagnara Calabra
38°17.97′N, 15°48.86′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.

Harbour of Bagnara Calabra
Pontoons in Bagnara Calabra
S/Y Salacia lifting out in Bagnara Calabra

Charts

British Admiralty
1976
Italian
918
23

Weather

Winds along the Calabrian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze 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 (computerised 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)

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

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.

Berthing

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 ormeggiator, 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 metres.

Price for 13M yacht was € 55 in September (2016), but this is negotiable. The water and electricity supply are not very reliable.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

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

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Local hardware shops.

Repairs/Yards

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.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel
On the east quay
Water
On the floating pontoons
Electricity
On the floating pontoons

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

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.

Grocery & Supply Stores

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

Eateries

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

Internet/WiFi

None.

Laundry

Yes. In the town.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

No car rental and no taxis.

Garbage Disposal

Some bins around the harbour.

Transportation

  • 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)

Friends

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

Forums

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

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

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