Porto Cesareo

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Porto Cesareo, Italy

Porto Cesareo
40°15.02′N, 17°53.46′E Chart icon.png
Porto Cesareo north and south anchorages from N

The bay of Porto Cesareo is a natural anchorage 43 miles ESE of Taranto and 15 miles NNW of Gallipoli on the E side of the Golfo di Taranto on the Ionian coast of Italy. The bay contains two anchorages, a north and a south anchorage. However, the north anchorage is virtually filled with small craft moorings and therefore the information below relates to the quieter south anchorage. This provides reasonably good shelter for smaller yachts in all winds except from NW round to SW.


British Admiralty


During the summer the prevailing winds in the Ionian are light to moderate SW or SE seabreezes. In spring and autumn northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the lee of high mountain ranges. Winds in summer are generally light from the Straits of Messina until reaching the Golfo di Squillace between Rocella Ionica and Le Castella. With anything W in the wind, it tends to funnel down here over the mountains of southern Calabria, bringing strong gusts and raising an uncomfortable sea. The conditions to avoid, however, when cruising this part of the Ionian coast are strong southerlies. The harbours here are few and far between and none of them are really safe to enter in such conditions. Further east in the Gulf of Taranto local seabreezes predominate during the summer, although a light to moderate northerly is not uncommon. With strong southerlies, a heavy and uncomfortable swell develops across the whole gulf.

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 Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)


Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


  • Isola dei Conigli
  • Isola del Caparrone


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The south anchorage is difficult to distinguish among the numerous small bays and offshore islets along the coast. At the N end, the buildings of the hamlet of Porto Caesareo and a tower in the centre are conspicuous. From S, the tower of Torre Squillace on a short promontory a mile SE of the entrance to the anchorage is conspicuous. Entry to the bay is between two rock-strewn peninsulas. The safe channel is marked by port and starboard marker buoys. A course of 035 degrees into the bay takes one clear of the dangerous shallows off Isola della Scogliera, joined by a causeway to the northern peninsula.


The southern part of the south anchorage is too shallow for most yachts to anchor. There are several pontoons around this area (as there are in the north anchorage) which are, however, mostly occupied by shallow-draught vessels in depths of little more than a metre. A yacht should anchor off the short pier of the village of Porto Caesareo at the NW end of the south anchorage. Depths here are around 2.5 - 3.0 metres. The holding is good in sand. A yacht should leave immediately if the wind turns W/SW as any swell will have you bumping on the bottom.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


  • Very limited. Mobile crane (30 T). Basic repairs only.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the pier (0800 - 2000), but shallow water alongside (2.0 meters). Water on the pier.

Things to do Ashore


Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Provisions shops in the village.


  • Several restaurants and pizzerias in the village.





Motorbike & Car Rentals


Garbage Disposal

Bins on the pier at the village.


Transportation (local and/or international)

  • Buses to Taranto
  • Local and international flights from Taranto-Grottaglie airport (110 km)
  • Train station at Nardo, 16 kms SE


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 14:35, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

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