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Portisco, Sardinia

41°01.9′N, 09°31.41′E Chart icon.png
Portisco from N

Portisco is a purpose-built leisure development and harbour on the NE coast of Sardinia at the entrance of the Gulf of Cugnana, barely a mile W of the older marina development of Porto Rotondo. The harbour contains a purpose-built marina, Marina di Portisco, with a total of 589 berths for yachts of up to 100 metres, of which 83 are reserved for yachts in transit. It is a good stop-off point for cruising to the national park of the Maddalena Islands and for exploring some of the impressive Nuraghic remains around Arzachena.


British Admiralty
1992 - 1:300,000 Portovecchio to Arbatax including Bonifacio Strait
1213 - 1:50.000 Bonifacio Strait
M8 - 1:255,000 North Sardegna


The harbour offers excellent all-round shelter from all directions.


Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


The main islands of the Maddalena group, Isola Caprera, Isola Santo Stefano and Isola La Maddalena, lie around 12.0 miles to the N. The islets of Isola Soffi and Isola Mortorio lie five miles to the NE.


The harbour is entered from due S between a long N-S breakwater and a dog-leg breakwater protecting the marina from S and E. Depths in the approach are 10-12 metres and in the marina from 3.0 – 9.0 metres.


Yachts berth in the Marina di Portisco on a series of ten pontoons, which provide 589 berths for yachts of up to 90 metres and draft of up to 8.5 metres. See separate Wiki page for details.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

See Marina di Portisco.


Golfo di Cugnana

Golfo di Cugnana/wiki/Portisco#Golfo_di_Cugnana
Anchorage icon Golfo di Cugnana [[Portisco#Golfo di Cugnana|Golfo di Cugnana]] 41°01.68′N, 9°31.38′E
The nearest anchorage is in the deep inlet of Golfo di Cugnana due S of the harbour. The bay is only exposed with anything N in the wind. Anchor in the bay in sand in 6.0 - 8.0 metres.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


Yard with full range of engine, electrical and hull repairs. Travel lift (70T). Mobile crane (45T). Diver available.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the quay (0800 - 2000). Water and electricity on the pontoons.

Things to do Ashore


Portisco is a secure spot to leave your yacht for a tour of some of the interesting Nuraghic remains for which the Arzachena area is renowned, especially the fortified dwelling of Nuraghe Malchittu, with its unusual passage construction; the ‘giants’ tombs’ of Coddu Ecchiu and Li Lolghi and the necropolis of I’Muri (which features Neolithic box tombs with concentric circles and stelae). Other locations worth visiting include the village of Luogosanto, nestling on top of a mountain, and the impressively sited village of Aggius, wedged between huge piles of solid granite. From there, one can continue through the Valle della Luna, an amazing gorge flanked by massive pillars of solid granite.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Some limited food shopping in the leisure development.


  • Pizzeria at the marina
  • Yacht club bar/restaurant


In the marina.


In the marina.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

In the marina.

Garbage Disposal

In the marina.


Transportation (local and/or international)


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)


Links to relevant websites.

References & Publications

See Italy.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

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  • February 2016 (Compiled from web research; please update if you visit) --Atheneoflymington

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