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Port of Entry
41°37.39′N, 15°55.39′E Chart icon.png
Manfredonia harbour from seaward

Manfredonia is a large commercial port situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy at the head of the eponymous gulf. Originally a Greek settlement, the town was taken and colonized by Rome in 189 BC. Later an important Norman stronghold, the whole town was abandoned in 1223 because of continual malarial outbreaks and rebuilt between 1256 and 1263 by Manfred, ruler of the 13th century Kingdom of Sicily. The town was expanded under Angevin rule until being almost destroyed by the Turks in 1620. Little remains today of the mediaeval town other than the restored castle and a few sections of the town walls. The main harbour of Manfredonia has limited facilities for yachts but berthing for yachts is much improved with the construction of the new 700 berth Marina del Gargano immediately south of the main harbour. Shelter here is excellent, especially when a particularly vicious bora is blowing.


British Admiralty


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)


See Adriatic.



Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The main commercial harbour is protected by a two long breakwaters extending SE from the shore. To the NE of the harbour is a two mile long jetty which is conspicuous in the approach from any direction (but also a potential hazard if approaching from N). The marina is directly S of the commercial harbour, protected by a long, curved breakwater extending S from the W arm of the commercial harbour breakwater and a second, shorter breakwater extending SE from the shore. The marina is entered from SW. Depths in the entrance are 6.0 metres. Shelter here is excellent in all weathers.

Warning: Beware of the numerous mooring buoys if entering the harbour.


Manfredonia is a port of entry to Italy.

For entrance details see Italy.


Porto Vecchio

Pontoons of the Lega Navale, Manfredonia

World icon.png 41°37.22′N, 15°55.43′E
In the Porto Vecchio, berthing alongside the outer part of the western breakwater, the Molo di Ponente, is permitted with the prior approval of the port authorities. Maximum length 20 metres. Depths 6.0 - 7.0 metres. There are no facilities here. Alternatively, a yacht may find a berth on the pontoon of the Italian Lega Navale at the NE end of the harbour. There is space on the pontoon for up to 90 vessels, maximum length 18.0 metres. Depths at the end of the pontoon are 2.5 - 3.5 metres. Most of the other pontoons along this end of the harbour have shallower depths. There may also be a space in the small basin at the NW corner of the harbour, which is operated by the Centro Velico Gargano. There are up to 50 spaces here in depths of 2.5 - 3.0 metres.

Marina Cala delle Sirene

Marina Cala delle Sirene

World icon.png 41°38.11′N, 15°56.04′E - Chartlet
Marina Cala delle Sirene is a tiny ‘marina’ situated at the root of the two-mile long jetty that extends from the shore just under a mile NE of the Porto Vecchio. The marina is protected by an S-shaped breakwater enclosing an area equipped with two long pontoons. The pontoons can accommodate up to 200 vessels of up to 25 metres. Depths at the pontoons, however, are barely 2.5 metres, so the marina is really only suitable for relatively shallow-draft vessels. Water and electricity on the pontoons. Toilets and showers. Call Marina Cala delle Sirene on VHF channel 06 or telephone: +39 0884 581439.

Marina del Gargano

World icon.png 41°37.35′N, 15°54.48′E
Click on link for details.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


Anchoring is permitted in southern part of the harbour, clear of the moorings and the fairway. Anchor in 6.0 - 7.0 metres. The holding is good in mud.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Slipway. Fixed crane. Mobile cranes (50 T). Some hard standing. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood and fiberglass hull repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the quay (0800 - 1800). Water and electricity on the Lega Navale pontoons and in the marina.

Things to do Ashore


The castle of Manfredonia

There is not a huge amount to do as a tourist in Manfredonia. The castle looming over the NE end of the harbour, begun by the Hohenstaufen dynasty and completed by the Angevins, is well restored and worth a visit.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Numerous provisions shops in the town.


Several restaurants and pizzerias in the town.


Internet cafes in the town.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Rental outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the harbour and in the marina.


  • Buses to most other local destinations.
  • Local and international flights from Bari airport (55 kms).
  • Train connections to most major cities.


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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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 13:08, 14 March 2016 (GMT)

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