Via Livorno, 97010 Marina di Ragusa (RG), Sicily, Italy
GPS: 36°46’49.1″N 14°32’50.9″E / 36.780305, 14.547463
Marina di Ragusa is a small village and harbour 20 miles west of Pozzallo and 29 miles SE of Gela on the S coast of Sicily. Originally a 5th century BC Greek settlement, the village passed through Byzantine, Arab and Spanish hands until becoming part of the new Kingdom of Italy in 1860 along with the rest of Sicily. It remained a quiet fishing harbour for most of the next hundred years until the advent of tourism in the 1960s. The village had a considerable boost in July 2009 with the opening of the new Porto Turistico di Ragusa, the 723 berths of which make it easily the largest marina in Sicily.
The Porto Turistico di Ragusa is situated at the settlement of Marina di Ragusa, a small village and harbour 20 miles west of Pozzallo and 29 miles SE of Gela on the S coast of Sicily. The marina provides 723 berths for yachts of up to 50 metres in length and maximum draft of 5.0 metres.
There are no hazards in the approach. Entry to the marina is from due east in a long arc around the eastern breakwater. The entrance has a tendency to silt up so keep to the side with the red light when entering and leaving. The entrance is lit at night, red and green flashing 3 seconds. If you have not been to the marina before, radio the marina and they will send someone in an inflatable to guide you in.
Assistance is available. Berth where instructed on one of the 13 pontoons – the marina staff are all very helpful. Radio in on 74 and a man will come and guide you to your space. The berths are secure, with two bow lines per berth. They do not like chains on the stern lines as they make the stanchions corrode.
The marina office is staffed by some of the most helpful staff ever. There is a little complex of businesses which includes a minimarket, cafe/bar, a travel agent, laundrette, yacht clothing, ATM/cashpoint and a yacht maintenance store – not a full chandlery. Up the stairs from the marina is a bakery and pharmacy.
The is a fully functioning yard with travel lift (160T), mobile crane (60T) and fixed crane (10T). Outdoor and indoor storage. Engine, electrical, electronic and hull repairs. Sail repairs. Divers. There are reported restrictions on carrying out some yacht maintenance tasks, for which yard personnel are supposed to be used.
Porto Turistico is walking distance to the little town of Marina di Ragusa. This is a nice place with lots of restaurants and cafes. Busy in the summer months. Excellent chandlery – Solo Nautica.
There are buses a few times a day to Ragusa.
Once or twice a day there is a bus to Catania airport
Taxis can be arranged through the marina’s travel office
Marina di Ragusa Harbour is located in the most southern part of Italy, in a strategic position in the middle of the Mediterrean Sea. A few steps from the inner city of Marina di Ragusa, the Harbour represents a modern infrastructure, which gives a 24h mooring assistance service for the entire season, including winter, and offers for boats and yachts up to 60 mt, a maximum of 700 berths well equipped with water and electricity connection. An cherming landing, easy and safe.