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WorldMediterraneanItalyTyrrhenian CoastCetraro
39°31.560'N, 015°55.250'E Chart icon.png
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Cetraro harbour prior to installation of the pontoons

The small harbour of Cetraro lies on the Calabrian coast of Italy, along the instep of the peninsula, about one mile N of the town of the same name. The harbour has a tendency to silt and depths in the entrance were historically subject to considerable variation. Upgrading of the harbour and dredging in 2009 established depths of around 3.0 metres throughout the harbour and 5.0 - 6.0 metres in the entrance. However, it is wise to establish the current position before relying on being able to enter here.


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.

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, other than the constant silting in the entrance. It is prudent to call the port authority on VHF channel 69 prior to entry or telephone: +39 (0982) 97827 or [email protected]. The harbour is entered from SE. Shelter is good here in all conditions.


Since July 2009 pontoons have reportedly been installed in the harbour, providing berths for up to 500 vessels, of which 30 are ostensibly reserved for yachts in transit. Maximum length 40 metres and maximum draft 4.0 metres. Depths on the pontoons are from 1.5 - 3.0 metres. There are some water and electricity points on the pontoons. Toilets and showers.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



It is possible to anchor in 5.0 - 6.0 metres off the beach immediately E of the harbour. Holding is good in sand.


Water Some water points on the pontoons
Electricity Some electricity points on the pontoons
Toilets In the harbour
Showers In the harbour
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Some bins around the harbour
Fuel Fuel by road tanker
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers N/A
Repairs Mobile crane. Engine repairs
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


  • Very little around the harbour
  • Provisions shops around 600 metres away

Eating out

Restaurant and pizzeria near the harbour


  • SS18 passes the harbour


Very little in the vicinity of the harbour. The town’s main claim to fame (or notoriety) was the revelation in 2005 that the mafia had sunk several ships carrying toxic waste off the coast here as part of a disposal scam.


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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