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Policastro, Italy

40°04.23′N, 15°31.52′E Chart icon.png
Policastro harbour from the NW

The small harbour of Policastro lies at the head of the Golfo di Policastro on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy, along the ‘instep’ of the peninsula. The harbour is relatively shallow and facilities for vessels to berth here are still in something of a state of flux. At present, the harbour provides a total of around 200 berths for vessels of up to 20 metres along its breakwater and quays. Shelter in the harbour is good, although strong southerlies cause an uncomfortable swell.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze 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 (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 La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no dangers in the approaches. The harbour is entered from ESE and has depths of 4.0 metres in the entrance.


Visiting yachts are normally directed to berth bows or stern-to the outer end of the breakwater mole (or alongside if there is room). Ostensibly 30 spaces are reserved for yachts in transit. Depths along the mole are 2.5 - 4.0 metres. You will need to use your anchor if mooring bows or stern-to. No facilities on the quay.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



In settled weather only, it is possible to anchor off the beach to the E of the harbour in 4.0 - 5.0 metres. Holding is reasonable in sand and weed.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


Mobile crane (30 T). Very limited engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

No fuel station on the quay. No water and electricity on the breakwater or quays.

Things to do Ashore


The village is situated in a very attractive area with some good walks in the mountains. A good beach lies just W of the harbour and is packed with local tourists in summer.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Good provisions shops in the village up from the harbour.


  • Trattoria on the harbour
  • Restaurants and pizzerias in the village.





Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the harbour.


  • Rail station with regular trains to Rome and Naples


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 Policastro and this page's details validated:

  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 17:29, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

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