Porto Cesareo

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Porto Cesareo
40°15.091'N, 017°54.196'E Chart icon.png
lat=40.25151 | lon=17.90327 | zoom=14 | y
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 for winds from the NW round to the SW.


British Admiralty


During the summer the prevailing winds in the Ionian are light to moderate SW or SE sea breezes. 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 Roccella 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 sea breezes 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 (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 are broadcast from stations at Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


  • Isola dei Conigli
  • Isola del Caparrone


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

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 the 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.


There is no harbour., only two anchorages.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



South Anchorage

South Anchorage/wiki/Porto_Cesareo#South_Anchorage
Anchorage icon South Anchorage [[Porto Cesareo#South Anchorage|South Anchorage]] 40°14.642'N, 017°54.454'E
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.

Off Porto Caesareo

Off Porto Caesareo/wiki/Porto_Cesareo#Off_Porto_Caesareo
Anchorage icon Off Porto Caesareo [[Porto Cesareo#Off Porto Caesareo|Off Porto Caesareo]] 40°15.229'N, 017°54.150'E

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.

Warning: A yacht should leave immediately if the wind turns W/SW as any swell will have you bumping on the bottom.


Water Water on the pier
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins on the pier at the village
Fuel Fuel station on the pier (0800 - 2000), but shallow water alongside (2.0 meters)
Bottled gas N/A
Chandlers N/A
Repairs Very limited. Mobile crane (30 T). Basic repairs only
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


Provisions shops in the village.

Eating out

Several restaurants and pizzerias in 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


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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 14:35, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

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