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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaItalyAdriatic Coast of ItalyMattinata
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Mattinata harbour prior to the development

The tiny harbour of Mattinata lies in the Golfo di Manfredonia on the Adriatic coast of Italy, 14 miles SW of Vieste and 10 miles NE of Manfredonia. Built specifically as a leisure harbour, a major project was initiated in 2009 to develop the harbour into a small marina providing berths for smaller yachts up to 15 metres in length. Some of the pontoons are now in place and other facilities are due to come online during 2011.


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 Adriatic.



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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The harbour is formed by two short breakwaters extending from the shore just S of Punta Agnuli on the SE coast of the Gargano promontory, two kilometres to the E of the town of Mattinata. There are no dangers in the approach. The low buildings of a holiday village are conspicuous on the hillside behind the harbour. Shelter here is good in most winds except winds from the S/SE.


Pontoons have already been installed and eventually the harbour will provide a total of 285 berths on the pontoons and the breakwater mole. Maximum length on the pontoons is 10.0 metres and on the mole 15.0 metres. Depths in the harbour range from 2.0 metres to 5.0 metres, the deeper water being on the mole. Visiting yachts berth either on the pontoons if there is space or bows/stern to the mole. Currently the pontoons are in place only on a seasonal basis, but this may change once the development is complete.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



No anchoring in the harbour.


Water Water point on the mole
Electricity Some electricity points on the pontoons
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins around the harbour
Fuel Nearest fuel two kilometers away in the town of Mattinata
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs Slipway. Mobile cranes. Some hard standing. Basic engine, electrical and electronic repairs
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


Nearest provisions shops in the town of Mattinata.

Eating out

Restaurants and pizzerias in the town of Mattinata.


Buses to most local destinations from Mattinata.


The remains of the Roman village of Matinum lie right next to the harbour. Inland to the SW of the harbour high on a ridge is a Bronze Age necropolis.

Roman remains at Mattinata harbour
Bronze Age necropolis near Mattinata


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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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 14:39, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

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