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This ancient city, home of Archimedes, is on the east coast. The large natural harbour is a busy commercial port. This city is well worth a visit, helped by the fact that yachts get 5 days berthing for free (if they can find space).

Yachts must call the Port Authority on approach (VHF Ch.16 or VHF Ch. 11) with information of where they intend to berth, or fines may apply. You may also be asked to call again to advise on departure.

Position 37° 3.5' N, 15° 17.2' E (harbour)

Docking

Good all round shelter, although more exposed to the SE.

The harbour here has been refurbished and provides good service, although there are no services (water and electricity etc.) available on the town quay. Yachts berth (for free up to 5 days), stern-to using own anchor, at quay 11C (depth 3m) the Grand Harbour on the northern side of the town. There can be a big swell in the harbour, so care needs to be taken over where to berth. The Port Authority will allocate you a space. They are located in the peach building with a blue banner on top, north of the quay.

The Yacht Club is situated right in the middle of town and is reported to be very friendly with good facilities. It does suffer some surge in NE winds.

There is now a small port on the southern side of the peninsula, Marina Yachting, in the area by the canal which separates Ortygia from the mainland.

There is plenty of room and good anchorages in Grand Harbour. There is a dinghy landing in the corner of the new marina.

Last updated:  September 2018

Marina Approdo Santa Lucia
37° 4.0709' N, 15° 17.4996' E ,
, Via Riva Porto Lachio s.n.96100 Siracusa
All facilities, fuel, WiFi,
Marina Yachting Siracusa
37° 03' 06" N, 15° 17' 49" E. ,
Molo Zanagora - Canale 69 , Siracusa
Tel:+39 (0)93 175 6615 Fax:+39 0931 1845104 ,VHF Channel 69
Water (potable), electricity, toilets/showers, laundry, fuel berth, bar and restaurant. (See photo). Helpful staff.
Near by is Cantieri Navali di Targia which has repairs facilities and a 25 ton crane .
Port Authority
Capitaneria di Porto di Siracusa , largo lV November 8
Tel:+39 (0)93 148 1011

Yacht Clubs

Yacht Club Lakkios
Riva Forte Gallo - 96100 , Siracusa
Tel:+39.0931.463606 (24 hr)/ +39.335.6257124 (office)/ +39.338.4450946 (mooring) ,VHF Channel 74
In Porto Marmoreo (Porto Piccolo). Shelter is fair, but some surge in NE winds. Call on VHF 74 or by phone on arrival as this is a shallow harbor and marina staff can provide guidance and mooring assistance by RIB. Berths stern/bows-to with laid lines. Pontoon is attached to the NW end of the canal that separates the old town from new Siracusa. Wifi, water, and electricity on pontoon. Showers/toilets are on the other side of the canal, a bit of a walk across the bridge. Laundry nearby. Security provided. English spoken.
Sailabout.Kiwi
Sailabout.Kiwi says:
Sep 17, 2018 01:31 PM

September 2018: Tried on Channel 11, No response. But found a berth on town quay and went to Port Authorities Office (Peach coloured building north of quay with blue banner atop). They were great, checked in and no mention of the 10€ garbage collection fee (YET). Was instructed to call on channel 16 to advise when departing. Very nice place to visit, the city is best looking so far in Sicily, great history.....highly recommend a stop here!

Ingmar
Ingmar says:
Sep 15, 2018 07:31 PM

Yacht Club Lakkios
VHF ch: 74
Tel. H24: +39.0931/463606
http://www.yachtclublakkios.com/

In Porto Marmoreo (Porto Piccolo). Shallow harbour, but 3m+ depth on our berth and the center channel (don't go into the empty space just south of the entrance though). You will be guided in by RIB, so no problem. Pontoon is attached to the NW end of the canal that separates the old town. Berths stern/bows-to with laid lines. Mooring assistance. They seem to prefer phone contact over VHF (something we've found common in Italy so far). Not a lot of free space, was full in mid September, but we waited a night at anchor in Porto Grande just south and something freed up.

Very convenient for seeing the town, as you're right in the middle of it, on the canal that separates the old town (Ortigia) from new Siracusa. Wifi (5 GHz only) and water (1500 ppm! Siracusa's tap water has a problem with salt ingress into the water table) and electricity on pontoon. Efficient office staff with good English. Laundry nearby at "Wash and Dry Siracusa". Showers/toilets are on the other side of the canal, a bit of a walk across the bridge. Security gate and night guard (Antonio and his dog).

Shelter in Porto Marmoreo is fair, but some surge in NE winds. Berthing fees €75 per night for 12m boat, discounted to €62.50 for 4 night stay. Cash only! Check out the fantastic market in Ortigia in the morning, then come back after sunset to walk around the pretty old town. Do try the Paninoteca (food van) right outside the marina - very tasty and not expensive.

Several large supermarkets on Via Elorina - but beware, dangerous to walk in traffic due to missing sidewalk.

consprenger
consprenger says:
Jul 07, 2017 03:28 PM

July 2017: As stated above, call the port authorities on VHF Ch. 11 prior to entering the harbour. They will ask your intentions and you have 3 choices: anchor, marina or public quay.
If you select the public quay they will assign a number to dock at. These spots are free for up to 5 days, except for a 10 euro mandatory garbage collection fee collected between 8 and 9 each morning. There is no power or water nor lazy lines. These slots are huge, 20 meters wide, and obviously made for large superyachts.
After docking one must check in at the port authorities' office.
There are the usual noises associated with a public quay, people walking by, taking pictures, a coffee bar plays music till mid evening.
It is strangely quiet however. On July 7th there were five sailboats and two 20 meter yachts docked at the public quay.
The marina seems to have plenty of room and there are only 12 boats at anchor.

henkeq
henkeq says:
Jul 15, 2016 04:56 PM

Water on tap is no longer for free. Otherwise Grand Harbour is nice. Easy to get around from that spot.
Remember to call port autoritys before you get there. Fines my apply otherwise.

peterpelo
peterpelo says:
Sep 02, 2013 07:02 PM

We have been in Siracusa, visitors can go for free to the Grand Harbour, bow or stern to with achor. No electricity, water from a tap (free) one can stay for 5 days, after that you have to move, but if you come back after a few days, the 5 days couting starts again. Only when a cruisship is comming the quay has to be freed, but one can easily go for anchor in the big bay with good holding. We where there in august 2013

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