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WorldMediterraneanItalyLigurian CoastVarazze
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Varazze Marina during construction

Varazze is a small resort town on the Ligurian coast of Italy around five miles NE of Savona and 12 miles SW of Genoa. The town is popular with Italian tourists and the population of 14,00 swells to several times that during the holiday months of July and August. For yachtsmen, the town’s main attraction is its sheltered 700-berth marina, Varazze Marina, which provides a useful alternative to the busy harbours of Savona or Genoa a few miles along the coast.


British Admiralty
1998 - Nice to Livorno, including Gulf of Genoa.


The prevailing winds along the western part of the Ligurian coast during the summer are a SW or SE sea breeze, which rarely gets up much above force 4-5. Along the eastern part of the coast, the winds tend to come more from W or NW and are again usually little more than moderate. While infrequent, gales are not unknown during the spring and early summer and are typically caused by depressions further west in the Golfe du Lion which bring strong N winds as they move further E. In winter, the tramontana, a strong N wind off the Alps, is more frequent, although the libecchio is a strong SW wind that can affect the whole of the Ligurian coast and blow for several days, causing heavy seas.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • 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 La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


See Mediterranean.




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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


See Varazze Marina.


The harbor is operated as a marina.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


It is possible to anchor in the bay just E of the harbour, clear of the small craft moorings. Depths here are 4.0 - 5.0 metres and the holding is good in sand. The bay here is well sheltered from all directions except S and E.


Water In Varazze Marina
Electricity In Varazze Marina
Toilets In Varazze Marina
Showers In Varazze Marina
Laundry In Varazze Marina
Garbage Bins in the Varazze Marina
Fuel Fuel dock in Varazze Marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs Boatyard 400 metres E of the marina. Hardstanding. Slipway. Travel lift (100 T). Mobile crane (35 T). Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood, fiberglass and steel repairs. Sail repairs. Divers.
Internet WiFi in Varazze Marina
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Several rental outlets in the town


Excellent provisions shops in the town E of the marina.

Eating out

Numerous bars and restaurants in the town.


List transportation (local and/or international.)


Although there are some pretty 15th and 16th century churches and remnant of the town’s mediaeval walls, the main attraction of Varazze is its beach and beachfront promenade. The Passeggiata Europa (Europa Walk) is a walking trail along the route of the former Genoa-Ventimiglia railway, connecting Varazze to the neighbouring town of Cogoleto. The path transits a rocky landscape thick with Aleppo pines and passes a series of small coves rich with birdlife.


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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