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Ciro Marina, Italy

Ciro Marina
39°22.27′N, 17°8.13′E Chart icon.png
Ciro Marina

Ciro Marina is a new basin constructed for pleasure yachts and fishing vessels at the town of Ciro on the western side of the Golfo di Taranto, 20 miles N of Crotone and two miles S of Punta Alice. It is a useful port of call for smaller yachts (up to 15 metres) sailing into or out of the gulf rather than sailing straight across it.


British Admiralty
187 Punta Stilo to Brindisi
Italian charts
25 Da Punta Stilo a Punta Staletti


During the summer the prevailing winds in the Ionian are light to moderate SW or SE seabreezes. In spring and autumn northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the lee of high mountain ranges. Winds in summer are generally light from the Straits of Messina until reaching the Golfo di Squillace between Rocella Ionica and Le Castella. With anything W in the wind, it tends to funnel down here over the mountains of southern Calabria, bringing strong gusts and raising an uncomfortable sea. The conditions to avoid, however, when cruising this part of the Ionian coast are strong southerlies. The harbours here are few and far between and none of them are really safe to enter in such conditions. Further east in the Gulf of Taranto local seabreezes predominate during the summer, although a light to moderate northerly is not uncommon.

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 Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily).


Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets


There are no hazards in the approach to Ciro Marina. The long breakwater extending along the line of the beach is visible on the approach. It is reported that part of the main breakwater has been damaged in winter storms, but is currently under repair (December 2010). Entry to the harbour is from due N, avoiding the ballasting around the end of the entrance piers. Yachts normally berth alongside in the innermost (southernmost) basin, where there are two pontoons and associated quays.


The harbour can accommodate up to 340 vessels up to a maximum length of 15 metres. Transit yachts normally berth alongside on the eastern quay opposite the pontoons. Depths in the basin are from 3.0 - 5.0 metres. Shelter is excellent. Showers and toilets reported available.

Alongside berths in Ciro Marina



Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores



Hard standing. Slipway. Mobile crane. Basic engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood and fiberglass hull repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on SE quay in the inner basin. Some water points on the quay. No electricity.

Tourism and Things to do Ashore


Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Good provisions in the town of Ciro.


  • Numerous restaurants in the town of Ciro.





Motorbike & Car Rentals

  • Rental outlets in the town

Garbage Disposal

  • Bins on the quay.



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)


References & Publications

See Italy.


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Date of member's last visit to Ciro Marina and this page's details validated:

  • Data compiled form web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 16:33, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

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