Giulianova

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Giulianova
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Giulianova harbour from W

The town and fishing harbour of Giulianova lie on the Adriatic coast of Italy in the north of the Abruzzo region, around 25 miles NW of the port of Pescara and 15 miles SE of San Benedetto del Tronto. Originally a pre-Roman coastal settlement, the population moved to the hilltop site of Giulianova in the Middle Ages for greater protection from pirate attacks. In more settled times, the population gradually expanded back down to the coast again, a process that culminated in the construction of the modern port in 1913. Today Giulianova harbour is a busy fishing port as well as providing moorings for around 300 leisure vessels on the pontoons and piers at the W and S end of its harbour.

Charts

British Admiralty
200
Italian
922
34
214

Weather

During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in 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 covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)

Passages

See Adriatic.

Islands

None.

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The harbour offices

The most distinctive feature in the approach to Giulianova is a conspicuous motorway viaduct about a mile NW of the harbour. Once closer in, the breakwaters are easily identifiable. The harbour is entered from NNW, giving the breakwaters a generous clearance in view of ballasting. Depths in the entrance are 5.5 - 6.0 metres, decreasing to 3.0 – 3.5 metres. Entry can be difficult with strong onshore winds and with any significant swell. The area both N and S of Giulanova is littered with numerous lobster pots and a night entry – especially under motor – is very inadvisable.

Berthing

Yacht moorings on the municipal pontoons
Yacht moorings on the piers

Visiting yachts normally berth on the three municipal pontoons (A, B and C) on the W side of the harbour, where there are laid mooring lines, water and electricity. The most northerly, shorter pontoon is under concession to the local boatyard, the Cantiere Navale Giulianova. The berths on the concrete piers in the SW corner of the harbour are reserved for members of the Circolo Nautico V. Migliori and the Italian Lega Navale. The pontoons can accommodate around 150 yachts of up to 22 metres, while the piers have space for a further 150. Depths at the pontoons are 3.5 - 4.0 metres and at the piers 2.5 - 3.0 metres. Shelter in the harbour is good, although strong northerly winds send a surge into the harbour. Toilets and showers in the municipal harbour offices (the squat brick building at the main entrance to the port). A key is required.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Italian Lega Navale
  • Circolo Nautico V. Migliori

Anchorages

No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Water on the pontoons and the piers.
Electricity Electricity on the pontoons and the piers.
Toilets
Showers
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins around the harbour.
Supplies
Fuel Fuel station on the quay (0730 - 1230 and 1430 - 1900)
Bottled gas
Chandlers Chandlery at the Cantiere Navale
Services
Repairs Boatyard in the harbour. Slipway. Travel lift (200 T). Mobile crane (40 T). Large area of hard standing. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood and fiberglass hull repairs. Divers.
Internet Free wifi from Wi4Free (requires registration and password sent via SMS)
Mobile connectivity
Vehicle rentals Several rental outlets in the town

Provisioning

  • Excellent supermarket (Superstore Si Con Te) 10 minutes walk from harbour. Turn right from harbour entrance then immediately left along Via Adriatica – Si Con Te is 500 metres up this road.

Eating out

Numerous fish and other restaurants along the beach and in the town

Transportation

  • Buses to most local destinations from the town.
  • Railway station with connections to most destinations.
  • Airport at Pescara (40 kms) with flights to several international destinations.
  • Ferries to Vis island, Croatia.

Tourism

Places to Visit

Giulianova old town and church cupola
Giulianova old town contains some fine art deco villas
Typical landscape of the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga

The picturesque old town is around 15-20 minutes walk uphill from the harbour. There are some remnants of the town’s original 15th century walls and towers (demolished in 1860) and a 15th century octagonal church of San Flaviano with a distinctive cupola. Along the hillside above the old town are a number of impressive if somewhat faded villas surviving from the town’s 19th and 20th century heyday. Giulianova is also handy for a visit to the beautiful Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga 45 kilometers inland, with its three mountain ranges, spectacular hiking trails, remarkably sited castles and abundant wildlife.

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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