San Foca (Melendugno)

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San Foca di Melendugno
40°18.200'N, 018°24.490'E Chart icon.png
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San Foca harbour from E

The small harbour of San Foca lies on the Adriatic coast of Italy, 12 miles N of the port of Otranto and six kilometers NE of the town of Melendugno. Until recently a tiny, small craft harbour with depths of little more than 1.0 - 1.5 metres, a long, curved northern breakwater has been constructed, creating a new outer basin suitable for yachts of up to 25 metres. Shelter here is good in all winds except strong SE, when Otranto provides better shelter.


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.


In the approach from both N and S, keep at least 500 metres off the shore to avoid the shoals 300 metres N and 500m metres S of the harbour. The long curved breakwater is conspicuous once close in. Entrance is from SE between this and the smaller breakwater of the inner basin. Depths in the entrance are 5.0 - 6.0 metres.


Porto Turistico di San Foca

Porto Turistico di San Foca/wiki/San_Foca_(Melendugno)#Porto_Turistico_di_San_Foca
Harbour icon Porto Turistico di San Foca [[San Foca (Melendugno)#Porto Turistico di San Foca|Porto Turistico di San Foca]] 40°18.146'N, 018°24.332'E

Inside the new breakwater and protected from S by a short inner breakwater are three pontoons in depths of 4.0 - 5.0 metres operated by the Porto Turistico di San Foca. Along the quay of the outer, curved breakwater are additional berths in similar depths, providing a total of 150 berths of which 20 are reserved for yachts in transit. Maximum length 25 metres. Laid moorings at all berths. Fuel station. Water and electricity. Toilets and showers. Slipway.

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (0832) 881 183; Fax: +39 (0832) 840 831; VHF channels 12 & 16
Address: Lungomare Matteotti 6, 72026 San Foca, Lecce, Italy

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Water Water on the pontoons
Electricity Electricity on the pontoons
Toilets In Porto Turistico di San Foca
Showers In Porto Turistico di San Foca
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins at the harbour
Fuel Fuel station on the quay (0700 - 2000))
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs Slipway. Mobile crane (5 T). Some engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Fiberglass hull repairs. Divers.
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


Provisions shops in the village.

Eating out

Restaurants and pizzerias in the village.


  • Buses to Rome via Lecce and Brindisi.
  • Local and international flights from Brindisi airport.
  • Trains to most destinations from Lecce.


Tourist interest is limited, although there is a 15th-century defensive tower on the coast and behind the village of San Foca a Roman settlement has been excavated.


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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