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WorldMediterraneanItalyVenice to TriesteMuggia
45°36.410'N, 013°46.015'E Chart icon.png
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Muggia harbour from the NNW

The pretty harbour of Muggia lies on the S side of the Gulf of Trieste, barely a mile SW of the main commercial harbour of Trieste and half a mile E of the large harbour of Porto San Rocco, the last suitable port of call in Italy before the border with Slovenia. It is part of the only narrow strip of Istria that is still Italian territory following the extensive redrawing of national borders at the end of World War II. From 1420 until the fall of Venice to Napoleon’s forces in 1797 Muggia was part of the Venetian empire and the town still retains numerous traces of its Venetian heritage, most notably in its main square, harbour area, and domestic architecture. For a yacht cruising south, Muggia offers a first taste of the picturesque delights of the Venetian coastal towns along the coasts of Slovenia and Croatia. Its small harbour provides berthing for up to 300 smaller yachts of up to 12 metres. Larger yachts can berth at the nearby harbour of Porto San Rocco half a mile W and visit the town on foot.}


British Admiralty


During the summer months, the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal sea breezes. 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 (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 covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no hazards in the approach to Muggia, other than shipping traffic entering or leaving the port of Trieste. The breakwaters of the harbour and the town behind are identifiable from some distance off. The harbour is entered from the W. Depths in the entrance are 6.0 - 8.0 metres. The shelter is good in most conditions, although strong westerlies send in an uncomfortable swell.


Inside the harbour yachts berth on two long pontoons. Berthing along the quayed breakwaters is prohibited. There are laid moorings at all berths, some tailed to buoys. A number of the berths are managed by the local yacht club, the Circulo della Vela Muggia. Depths at the pontoons and quays range from 2.5 to 6.0 metres. The maximum length of yacht for which the moorings are suitable is 12.0 metres. No facilities other than toilets and showers in the yacht club.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Circulo della Vela Muggia




Water Water points on the quay
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins near the harbour
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs Slipway. Mobile crane (10 T). Some hardstanding. Engine, electrical, and electronic repairs. Wood and fiberglass hull repairs
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


There are several provisions shops in the town, a short walk from the harbour.

Eating out

Numerous restaurants around the harbour and in the town.



The town of Muggia is s delightful jumble of pastel-coloured Venetian-style houses and narrow alleyways converging on a typically Venetian main square and Gothic cathedral with a characteristic belltower. The centre is fully pedestrianised and easy to explore on foot. The little Romanesque basilica of Santa Maria Assunta contains some interesting frescoes from the 14th-15th centuries. On the outskirts of the old town are the remnants of mediaeval walls and a restored 14th century castle (now a private dwelling).

The picturesque waterfront of Muggia
The Gothic cathedral of Muggia

Cruiser’s Friends

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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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 17:54, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

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