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Portoscuso harbour

Portoscuso is a small town situated at the SW end of Sardinia, about 50 miles west of Cagliari and five miles NE of the small island of San Pietro with its harbour of Carloforte. It dates from the late 16th century, when static fishing nets were established around the SW tip of Sardinia to trap the migrating tuna. The town itself holds little to excite the yachting visitor, but the small port does have excellent berthing facilities on pontoons with water and electricity.


See Sardinia.


See Italy - weather.


Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


  • Isola di San Pietro - 5 miles
  • Isola di Sant'Antioco - 7 miles


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Entry is safe in all conditions, although a heavy surf builds up with sustained NW winds. Beware of the tuna net which is often in place around Cape Altana NW of Portoscuso and the rocky shoals around Ghingetta lighthouse about a mile west of the harbour entrance.


The harbour is managed by a private concessionaire, Saromar Gestioni. Call on channel 9 or telephone the port on +34 (0)781 507248.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Currently the harbour offers a total of 385 berths on pontoons with depths from 3.0 to 4.5 metres. Yachts of up to 25.0 metres can be accommodated. Water and electricity at most berths. Small boat slipway (3T) and crane.


Anchoring in the harbour is forbidden. The nearest safe anchorages in the prevailing northerly winds are on the south side of San Pietro island (about 12 miles). Also see Carloforte

Yacht Repairs and Services

Some engine and electrical repairs, but limited.

Marine Stores

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

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Water and electricity on the pontoons. Fuel can be delivered by tanker from station 500m from harbour.

Things to do Ashore


The town is quiet and unassuming, but there is little to hold the traveller. A so-called Spanish Tower on the promontory above the town dates from the 16th Spanish occupation, when it was installed to protect the tuna nets. Around the town are several relics of its tuna fishing heyday, including the fortified space of Su Pranu which was formerly a centre of the fishing industry.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Some provisions shops in the town.


  • A couple of restaurants in the town




Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins near the harbour.


List 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)


References & Publications

See Italy.


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