San Nicola L´Arena Marina

Via Porto, 19, San Nicola L’Arena, Trabia 90010, Italy

VHF: 14

GPS: 38°01’04.1″N 13°37’03.5″E / 38.017796, 13.617650

San Nicola L’Arena is a small fishing village and tourist resort 18 miles SE of Palermo in Sicily. Developed around the 16th century castle of St Nicholas and the church of the same name, its purpose-built harbour offers berths for up to 800 vessels on 14 pontoons. It offers a secure alternative to Palermo for cruisers wishing to leave their boats to explore the hinterland of the island.

The marina of San Nicola l’Arena is an important reference point for sailing enthusiasts and all the travelers who can count on a wide array of services and facilities at their disposal. The Club Nautico Marina San Nicola has 3 seasonal piers and a large equipped area where you can moore your boat (of maximum dimension of 15 meters and a draft of 2-3 meters). At the port you may also rent boats, rafts and various equipment for different water sports (including canoa and water ski). During the month of April, the pier becomes the location of the Nautical Fair of San Nicola l’Arena, with its XV edition this year.

The harbour is enclosed by two long moles extending NE from the shore. The castle is a prominent landmark at the root of the southern mole. Entrance to the harbour is from due E. Depths of 5.0 – 6.0 metres in the entrance.


Yachts are berthed on one of 14 pontoons extending from both moles. There are 800 berths in total, of which 80 are supposedly reserved for vessels in transit. Maximum length 25 metres. Visiting yachts berth either on the pontoons extending from the N mole, which are operated by the Club Nautico Marina di S. Nicola, or those extending from the S mole, which are operated by Mare Sud. Depths at the pontoons range from around 2.5 metres at the innermost to 4.0 metres at the outermost. There are laid moorings at all berths. Good shelter. Water and electricity on the pontoons. Toilets and showers.

San Nicola L´Arena is located north of the island of Sicily (Italy). This large marina has 800 berths for boats up to 26 meters of length and 3 meters maximum draft, all berths have water and electricity. The port has a shipyard with a crane of 15 tons and 70 tons travelift. It has a comprehensive technical assistance to repair their boat, wood repair and fiberglass repair sails. They also offer the following services: garbage collection, weather, toilets and showers, supermarket, parking, storage vessels, gas station, restaurant… San Nicola L´Arena, a picturesque coastal town in one of the most beautiful bays on the west coast of Sicily. It is able to offer all the services you may need a navigator, both from the point of view nautical, and from a tourism point of view.


Drinkable water
Harbor Master
Gas station
Max. load: 15 Tn
Weather info
Max. load: 70 Tn
Waste collection
Bilge collection
Residual water collection
Car rental
Fire procedures
Dressing rooms
Disabled access

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Via Fuori Porta, 19, 90019 Trabia PA, Italy

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