Sailing in the Italian Adriatic

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Adriatic Sea

The Italian Adriatic sailing area is simple and suitable for less experienced sailors and yacht charter crews.

  • Ideal entry-level station
  • Easy navigation
  • Mostly light winds
  • Sufficient Marinas
  • Mediterranean climate
  • Season: April to October

The Italian Adriatic coast is between Muggia, Istria, and the Strait of Otranto. The sailing area is less well known than the Croatian part of the Adriatic, but has a wonderful charm. The Landscape of the Italian coast is very picturesque and idyllic. Many beaches, lagoons and sand bars provide beautiful scenery. In the north and west, the coastline is sandy and tranquil, only becoming rocky in the east. From Grado to Rimini, the banks are flat with fine sandy beaches. Between Venice and Ravenna the sailing area of the Italian Adriatic extends further.

Along the Italian Adriatic coast there are many interesting and worthwhile places to stop. The Gulf of Trieste, a bay on the northeast coast that lies a few kilometers from the Slovenian border has a particularly interesting port and city with a nice historic old town. The Trieste port is the most important seaport on the Italian Adriatic and one of the largest ports in Italy. A little further west there are the fishing villages of Monfalcone and Grado. From here you can explore the lagoons of Grado and Marano, where many fishermen have settled with their typical Casoni (thatched huts). The islands and sand dunes between the mainland and the open sea extend over 30 km from Lignano Sabbiadoro. The Marano lagoon next to the famous beach of Lignano is interesting for sailors as it has one of the largest nautical complexes in Europe. The Aprilia Marittima is very well equipped and offers all the comfort and features of three marinas put together. To the west is the capital of Veneto - Venice. It is best is to sail the waters of the city in the late evening, as the evening lights in the darkness offer romantic and spectacular scenery. Due to the good buoys and lights, the navigation is pretty simple. Mooring facilities are available in the Marina St. Georgio or right of the Piazza at the city pier. From here you can explore the city by foot. In the south of the lagoon of Venice is the port of Chioggia. The easiest way to get there is by sailing inside the Lido di Venezia. Further to the South one sails along some of the bigger lagoons before reaching Ravenna. Here is a harbor that is connected through the Canale Candiano with the Coast and Seaside Resort Marina di Ravenna. After this, one sandy beach follows another. The famous Italian beaches along the Adria are: Cervia, Cesenatico, Rimini, Cattolica und Riccione. The Italian Adriatic Sea is a light sailing area, with straightforward navigation. It is recommended for beginners and less experienced yacht charter crews. For those who want to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing sailing trip, this area is ideal - the gentle landscapes and fine beaches are just right.

Airports nearby Adriatic Sea

  • Ronchi dei Legionari Görz - Triest airport to Grado: 24,3 km, 34 minutes
  • Slovenija - Portoroz Airport to Porto San Rocco harbor: 29,9 km, 35 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Adriatic Sea

On the Italian Adriatic coast, the sailing season begins in April and ends in October. There is a pleasant Mediterranean climate with long summers and mild winters. In summer there is little wind, but strong winds can prevail out of season in spring and autumn. The most common winds in this sailing area are: Burin, Maestral, Jugo (Scirocco) and Bora. The Maestral is a fair-weather wind from the northwest, which starts in the late morning at about 3 to 4 Bft and then dies down in the evening. Burin also brings good weather with it, usually replacing the Maestral and blowing during the evening hours. The change from Burin and Maestral is a sure sign of good weather. Red sunsets and pink colored clouds at dusk promise a nice day. Jugo (Scirocco) is a hot desert wind coming from the south/south-east and blows in the spring, summer and early autumn often bringing rain. From the Sahara to the Mediterranean, the wind can reach strengths of 7 to 9 Bft. The signs of bad weather are the lack of Burin and Maestral, circus clouds from the west and sunset veiled by thick clouds. The most dangerous wind is the Bora, a dry, cold and gusty autumn wind from the northeast. It blows from the mountains with gusts of up to 9 Bft, it can be fore-warned by dark and dense cloud cover, but it sometimes comes unexpected. On the Italian Adriatic coast the Bora only blows in the northern part around Trieste. Yacht charter crews planning to sail across to Croatia should be particularly attentive to the wind forecasts because between Trieste, as well as the Kvarner and Istrian Bay, the Dalmatian and Montenegrin Adriatic coast, dangerous winds are common.