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WorldMediterraneanItalyVenice to TriesteGrignano
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Grignano Harbour from the NNW

The harbour of Grignano is situated 9 miles SE of Monfalcone and 5 miles NW of the city of Trieste on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Although quite isolated, the small marina here offers a more peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of Trieste eight kilometers to the S by the coast road. It is at the heart of one of the smallest marina nature reserves in the Mediterranean, the Riserva Naturale di Miramare, and also a handy stop-off point for a visit to the Castello di Miramare, 300 metres S round the headland. The harbour has a total of 350 berths for yachts of up to 20 metres in depths of up to 9.0 metres.


British Admiralty


During the summer months, the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal sea breezes. 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 (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 covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets


The harbor of Grignano sits immediately N of the headland of Punta Miramare, protected by a long breakwater extending N/NE from the headland and a short mole extending WNW from the shore. There are no hazards in the approach. Depths in the entrance are 6.0 - 6.5 meters.


Yacht moorings in Grignano Harbour

Inside the harbour yachts berth on four long pontoons and associated quays along the shore and the breakwater. The berths are managed by three separate concessionaires. There are spaces for 350 yachts of up to 20 metres. There are laid moorings at all berths with pick-up buoys. Berth wherever you can find space (but check you are not on a local yacht’s berth if leaving your yacht for any length of time). Depths in the harbour range from 2.5 - 9.0 metres. In settled weather, it is possible for yachts in transit to tie up alongside on the N side of the mole. Shelter here is very poor, however, with any winds from N and W. There are no facilities in the harbour, other than water and electricity.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs





Water In most of the berths
Electricity In most of the berths
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins around the harbour
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas N/A
Chandlers None}
Repairs Slipway. Small travel lift (20 T). Some hardstanding
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


There is a small supermarket in the residential area around the harbour, but little else. Grignano is a place best visited with a full refrigerator.

Eating out

There is a hotel with bar and restaurant on the hill just above the harbour.


Buses into Trieste.


There is little of tourism interest in Grigano, other than the Castello di Miramare, more a palace than a castle, constructed in the 19th century for the Austrian Archduke Maximilian, brother to the Emperor Franz Joseph, who later met his end in Mexico after a futile attempt to install him as Emperor Maximilian I of that country. A restless soul and constant traveler during his period as head of the Austrian navy, Maximilian was also a keen botanist and, in addition to the splendid interiors of the castle, he took a close personal interest in the landscaping of the grounds, which are filled with a wide range of tropical species. The castle is open from 0900 - 1900 every day.

The 19th century Castello di Miramare

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See Italy.


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