Rodi Garganico

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Rodi Garganico
41°55.97′N, 15°53.46′E Chart icon.png
Aerial view of Rodi di Garganico harbour

The town of Rodi di Garganico lies on the Adriatic coast of Italy on the northern coast of the Promontorio del Gargano, the ‘spur’ projecting from the ‘boot’ of the peninsula. It is a popular resort and a major centre for the production of citrus fruits. Since 2009, with the completion of the town’s smart new marina, Rodi di Garganico provides berthing for over 300 yachts of up to 40 metres in a newly constructed harbour. Meanwhile, the town continues to attract several thousand tourists each year in view of its fine beaches and easy access to the Gargano National Park.


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.


See Marina of Rodi Garganico.


In Marina of Rodi Garganico.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


No anchoring in the harbour.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


In Marina of Rodi Garganico.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

In Marina of Rodi Garganico.

Things to do Ashore


The town of Rodi di Garganico is pleasant enough, although most visitors come here for the beaches and the Gargano National Park with its wonderful ancient broadleaf Umbra Forest (Shady Forest). The Park also includes the charming mountain village of Vico del Gargano and fishing harbour and village of Peschici, both well worth a visit. For those of a religious bent, the village of Monte Sant’ Angelo has a spooky grotto over which a church was constructed following a miraculous incident involving a recumbent cow and a bending arrow (use your imagination) and a subsequent 5th century appearance of St Michael to a local bishop. A further 15 kilometres inland is the rather tacky religious conclave of San Giovanni Rotondo (of Padre Pio fame). While the town is rather tacky and exploitative of the faithful, seven million of whom visit each year, the simple grandeur of Padre Pio’s black marble tomb is rather moving.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Supermarket and numerous provisions shops in the town


  • Restaurants at the marina
  • Good restaurants and pizzerias in the town.


In the marina.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Several rental outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins in the marina.


Buses to most local destinations from the town.


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 18:21, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

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