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San Leone, Sicily, Italy

San Leone
37°15.52′N, 13°34.8′E Chart icon.png
San Leone harbour

San Leone is a small porto turistico harbour about four miles east of the commercial harbour of Porto Empedocle (Agrigento) on the S coast of Sicily. Although the town itself is not especially interesting, it is a useful secure base for a yacht crew wishing to visit the World Heritage Site of Agrigentum and its magnificent Greek Doric temples.


2123 - Capo Granitola to Capo Passero
917 - Da Capo Rassello ad Augusta e Isole Maltesi


The prevailing wind on the south coast of Sicily during the summer is a SW seabreeze, which rarely gets up much above force 4-5. Most of the harbours along the south coast are liable to swell in strong southerly winds which are, however, rare outside the winter months.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • 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)


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There no hazards in the approach, although a swell builds up in the entrance during strong SE winds. The harbour is entered from due E between the breakwaters. Depths in the entrance are 2.5 - 4.0 metres - the deeper water being just to the right of the centre. Entry could be dangerous in a particularly heavy swell, when Porto Empedocle would be a safer bet.


The harbour provides a total of 480 berths on eight pontoons. Maximum length 18.0 metres. On entry, try calling Porto Turistico on VHF channel 74. Otherwise, berth wherever there is room and try to locate someone official. The innermost pontoon at the NE end of the harbour is reportedly for visitors. There are laid moorings at all berths and water and electricity on the pontoons. WC in the NE corner of the harbour.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Nearest alternative anchorage is at Porto Empedocle, where is it possible to anchor in the outer harbour in 4.0 - 5.0 metres in mud. Shelter here is rather poor in southerly winds.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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Slipway, stationery and mobile cranes. Limited engine and electrical repairs.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station in the NW corner, but depths here are too shallow for most yachts. Water and electricity on the pontoons.

Things to do Ashore


The main attraction in the area is the ancient Greek city of Akragas, better known under its later Roman name of Agrigentum. The Valle dei Temple (Valley of the Temples) here contains the remains of five Doric temples along a ridge overlooking the modern city of Agrigento. Of the five temples, the most complete is the Temple of Concord, built around 440 BC.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Small provisions shops in the village.


Several bars and trattorias in the village.




Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal



  • Urban buses (2, 2/, 3/) to Agrigento and the Valley of Temples


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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  • Information compiled from web research and accounts by yachtsmen (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 14:47, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

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