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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaItalyAdriatic_Coast_of_ItalyPortoverde
43°58.32′N, 12°43.11′E Chart icon.png
Harbour of Portoverde from NE

Portoverde is a purpose-built residential and marina development situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy, just one mile W of the port of Cattolica and 10 miles SE of the harbour of Rimini. The harbour consists of an excavated basin surrounded by a leisure development and accessed by a very shallow entrance channel. The limited depths in the entrance mean that the harbour is only suitable for shoal draft yachts and entry should only be attempted in settled weather. Depths in the entrance are less than 2.0 metres and in the basin itself from 2.0 - 3.5 metres. The entrance is impassable in strong onshore winds, which also create a surge in the basin.


British Admiralty


During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

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 covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Adriatic.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Entry to Portoverde is via a narrow channel between two short breakwaters extending N from the shore. Depths in the entrance are reported as little as 1.8 metres and may be even less following winter storms. Needless to say, entry should only be attempted by shoal draft vessels and in settled weather, paying close attention to the depthsounder. The channel curves round to W and the main yacht basin, dominated by a tall apartment block, is reached after 300 metres.

Note: Along this stretch of the Adriatic coast tidal ranges can exceed 1.0 metre at springs, so judging the tides right can make a significant difference to safe access in most of the shallower harbours.


The main yacht basin, the Darsena Turistica, has around 200 berths for yachts up to 25 metres (although draft is the more significant factor) on five pontoons and associated quays. Depths at the pontoons range from 2.0 - 3.5 metres. There are supposedly 20 berths for yachts in transit. Facilities include: water and electricity; swimming pool; wifi; toilets and showers.

Contact details: Portoverde SPA, Via Lungo Darsena 67, 47843 Portoverde di Misano Adriatico (RN), Italy. Telephone: +39 0541 615023. Fax: +39 0541 611445; Email; Website.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


Slipway. Limited hard standing. Fixed crane (15 T). Mobile crane (30 T). Basic engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Sail repairs.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station in the basin (0830 - 1800). Water and electricity on the quays and pontoons.

Things to do Ashore


Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Basic provisions shop in the development


Bars and restaurants around the basin


In the basin.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the basin.


  • Cycle hire in the basin
  • Taxis to Cattolica and Rimini from the development
  • Railway station at Cattolica (3 km) with connections to most destinations
  • Airports at Ancona (85 km) and Rimini (10 km)


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.


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Date of member's last visit to Portoverde and this page's details validated:

  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 12:50, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

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