Sailing Guide

Adriatic Sea

Adriatic Sea



The Adriatic Sea is a body of water separating the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan peninsula, and is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. The western coast is Italian, while the eastern coast runs mostly along Croatia, but lesser parts belong to Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania.

Traditionally  its southern end is at the "Strait of Otranto", where the shores of Apulia and Albania are the closest.

The island of Corfu is generally regarded as the key strategy of this sea where many major ports are located, including Venice (Mestre) and Trieste, which was long the outlet of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Adriatic Sea is about 800km long and about 150 km wide, which represents an area of ​​132,000 sq. km. Its depth is not greater than 300 m in the north, and approach the 1222 m further south along the road From the Mouths of Kotor Bari.

The tidal range is very low (about 30 cm towards the S and not more than 90 cm at the N) which has, since ancient times, the creation, along the low N side, cities such as Aquileia, Chioggia, Grado, Venice, world famous for the high water phenomenon that periodically are increased by a few feet in many places including Ravenna.

La mer Adriatique est une partie de la mer Méditerranée, sorte de golfe très allongé fermé vers le nord. Elle est encadrée au nord et à l'ouest par l'Italie et à l'est par la péninsule balkanique.
On fixe traditionnellement son extrémité Sud au niveau du "canal d'Otrante", l'endroit où les rives des Pouilles et de l'Albanie sont les plus proches. 

L'île de Corfou est généralement considérée comme la clé stratégique de cette mer. Plusieurs ports importants y sont situés, et notamment Venise (Mestre) et Trieste qui fut longtemps le débouché de l'empire austro-hongrois vers la mer Méditerranée.

La mer Adriatique est longue d'environ 800km et large d'environ 150 km, ce qui représente une superficie de 132 000 km². Sa profondeur n'est pas supérieure à 300 m dans sa partie Nord et approche les 1222 m plus au Sud, le long de la route De Bari aux Bouches du Kotor.

L'amplitude des marées est très faible (environ 30 cm vers le S et pas plus de 90 cm à l'extrémité N): ce qui a permis, depuis les temps anciens, la création, le long de la basse côte N, de villes comme Aquilée, Chioggia, Grado, Venise, mondialement connues pour le phénomène des hautes eaux qui, périodiquement, sont augmentées de quelques dizaines de centimètres dans de nombreux endroits dont Ravenne. 

Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea
Il mare Adriatico è una parte del Mar Mediterraneo, Golfo di molto tempo chiuso a nord. Confina a nord e ad ovest con l'Italia e ad est della penisola balcanica. 

Esso definisce tradizionalmente la sua estremità meridionale allo "Stretto di Otranto", dove le coste della Puglia e Albania sono i più vicini.

L'isola di Corfù è generalmente considerata come la strategia chiave di questo mare. Si trovano molti grandi porti, come Venezia (Mestre) e Trieste, che è stato a lungo l'uscita del impero austro-ungarico fino al Mar Mediterraneo.

Il mare adriatico è lungo circa 800 km e largo mediamente 150 km, ricoprendo una superficie di 132.000 km². La profondità non supera i 300 m nella parte settentrionale e raggiunge i 1222 m più a sud, lungo la direttrice da Bari alle bocche di Cattaro.

L'ampiezza di marea è abbastanza contenuta (circa 30 cm al sud e non oltre i 90 nell'estremità settentrionali): ciò ha permesso sin dall'antichità la fondazione, lungo la bassa costa settentrionale, di centri abitati come Aquileia, Chioggia, Grado, Venezia, famosa in tutto il mondo per il fenomeno dell'acqua alta che periodicamente ne sommerge di qualche decina di centimetri molte aree, e Ravenna.

Share your comments about "Adriatic Sea"


To precisely geolocate this site. Update if necessary.
Sites around Adriatic Sea
Flying distances - Direct line

Adriatic East

Winds—WeatherBora is the name of the cold and dry NE or N wind which blows with great strength and affects the Adriatic Sea in the cool season. It is much less frequent and generally much weaker in summer. This wind is felt strongly along both sides of the Adriatic and is especially ...
30 Jul 11

Adriatic West

Provide here details on the zone. You can put text or images.
18 Feb 11


Located NE of Italy the Veneto region is bounded by the SW  Emilia Romagna  and NE by Slovenia.
Punta della Maestra is the E end of the mouth of the Po, which takes the name of the Po della Pila branch. It has little depth and no relief, ...
16 Jul 12

Otok Svetac (Andrija)

Otok Svetac (Andrija), 305m high, lies 13 miles ESE of Otocic Jabuka and is generally steep-to. The coast of the island is rocky and reddish in color on the NW side. Its SW end is fronted by a few rocks. Hrid Kamik, a dark and jagged above-water rock, lies 0.7 mile W of the SW extremity ...
25 May 11

Otok Zirje (Sibenik)

Otok Zirje is the farthest and the largest island in the Sibenik archipelago.
It is long of 6,5 NM (NW/SE) and 1,4 NM wide.
The main village, Zirje, is located in the middle of the island. A small port, luka Muna, on the coast N of Zirje, home to the ferry that connects the ...
16 Aug 11

Otok Murter

The island of Murter is the largest island of the Sibenik archipelago. It is close to the coast on which it is connected by a bridge, low air draft at Tijesno (Tisno) on the continent. During the summer the bridge opens to allow passage of boats.
The NW part of the island is fertile ...
3 Apr 11

Vrgadski Kanal

Vrgadski Kanal, 7 miles long, leads between Otok Murter and Otok Vrgada and is the principal channel used in the S approach to Pasmanski Kanal and Zadar.
Vessels with a maximum draft of 6.4m may pass through Pasmanski Kanal. Vessels with drafts over 6.4m must either proceed through ...
16 Jul 11

Otok Kaprije (Sibenik)

Kaprije is located in the central part of the Sibenik archipelago between the islands Zmajan and Kakan.
The highlight of the island is Vela Glavica (132 m).
The only village of the island is Kaprije, S. The port is busy.
Automobiles are not allowed on the island.
16 Aug 11

Otok Ciovo

Ciovo is an island in the center of the Dalmatian archipelago. This is an area of 28.8 acres (15.3 km length, width of 3.5 km). It culminates at 218 m (Mount Rudin).
O. Ciovo forms the SW side of the entrance and inner part of Kastelanski Zaliv.
At East side, Ciovo is 2km from ...
7 Aug 11

Zlarinski Kanal

Zlarinski Kanal leads along the SW side of Otok Zlarin and is entered midway between Rt Rat and Otocic Komorica, a small islet marked by a light, 1.5 miles SW.
This channel is sometimes used as an alternate route to Sibenik by vessels entering Sibenska Vrata, the middle passage, ...
21 Jun 11

Novigradsko More

Novigradsko More, a landlocked bay, lies at the S end of Novsko Zdrilo and provides good anchorage.
Rijeka Zrmanja flows into the bay at the E side. This river is navigable by small craft as far as the village of Obrovca, 6 miles above the mouth.
Luka Novigrad, a narrow inlet, ...
23 Jul 11

Otok Kakan (Sibenik)

Otok Kakan, uninhabited, is at the W O. Kaprije.
There is a nice anchorage on the E side, protected at the N by islands Borovnjak Veli and  Borovnjak Mali.
16 Aug 11

Otocic Jabuka

Otocic Jabuka, 96m high, lies nearly in the middle of the Adriatic about 50 miles WSW of Split and 15 NM of O. Svetac.
This rock is barren, reddish-colored, and steep-to. Whenviewed from the SW or NE, it appears as a vessel under sail.Plicina Jabuka, an isolated rocky patch, lies ...
25 May 11

Otocic Blitvenica

Otocic Blitvenica, a small islet, is the SW and outer feature of the group of islands, islets, rocks, and reefs which front the mainland and lie in the approaches to Sibenik.
A light is shown from a prominent structure, 21m high, standing on this islet.
1 Jul 11

Uvala Tratinska Zirje

Uvala Tratinska is on the SW coast of O. Zirje. It is a large natural bay.
As you approach the bay by the N, not to pass too close to Rt Ljuta due to a shallow area extending approximately 0.2 NM from the coast.
This bay provides 22 mooring buoys near the restaurant that occupies ...
14 Jul 11

Uvala Mikavica Zirje

Uvala Mikavica is situated N O. Zirje, about 1 NM W of the tag marking Plic Prascica Brak.
This is a deserted cove with a dock used occasionally by a tour boat in the summer.
Anchor by 5 m or it docks at the pier.
14 Jul 11

Otok Zlarin Sibenik

Otok Zlarin is 3.2 NM (NW / SE) by 1.2 nm and has only one village. Its highest point is Klepac (174 m).
Access to cars is prohibited.
It is located 2 km SW of Sibenik which it is separated by the Sibenski Kanal.
It has been inhabited since the Neolithic and was occupied ...
9 Jul 11

Otok Drvenik Veli

Island accessible only by sea. It is long about 3 m long by 2 m wide. It is 2 M NW of otok Solta.Its area is 12.07 km ² and its highest point is 178 m.It is separated from the mainland by Drvenicki Kanal.
The coast of this beautiful island has remained intact and is made of many ...
18 Aug 11

Uvala Rogoznica

Wide bay sheltered from all winds, with multiple opportunities for mooring anchor. A marina excellent high-end with all services but expensive.
In the middle of the bay lies the island, connected to the mainland by a causeway, on which the village of Rogoznica is built. An old ...
8 Aug 11

Luka Muna Zirje

Luka Muna can be identified by fire on Rt Muna, the tip of the mouth of the bay and the beacon light marking Plic Prascica Brak, about 1 NM NW of the port. There is a light placed at the end of the pier in the harbor.
The external wharf is used by the Ferry. Visitors can dock at ...
11 Jul 11

Uvala Stupica Vela Zirje

Uvala Stupica Vela is located at the southern end of the Zirje Otok this large bay is handy both for those heading north towards the Kornati and those heading south either out of Sibenik or from the National Park. It makes a good stop over both for lunch and swimming or over-night.
16 Aug 11

Uvala Stupica Mala Zirje

Uvala Stupica Mala is divided into two coves by the Kabal Cape.
They are little used, but may offer an anchor, particularly in the W cove.
16 Aug 11

Uvala Potkucina Kakan

Located NE of the island Kakan, Potkucina Uvala offers anchorage by 5-16 m deep.
Moorings buoys are placed all around the bay. It looks like a boat parking. No ship in the center of the bay as it's too deep.
As you approach, attention to the rock submerged in W of O. Borovnjak ...
16 Aug 11

Otoci Pakleni

Plakeni islands, or Cursed Islands, are located at the W and S of Hvar town.

The islands are rocky, covered with bushes and trees. They are usually deserted, except in summer.
They offer many choices of moorings sheltered and there is a marina Palmizana.The islands'name ...
26 May 11
Local Area

Méditerranée - Mediterranean

La Méditerranée est reliée à l'océan Atlantique par le détroit de Gibraltar à l'ouest, à la mer de Marmara et à la mer Noire par les Dardanelles et le Bosphore à l'est. Le canal de Suez au sud-est relie la Méditerranée à la mer Rouge.
Îles méditerranéennesLes principales ...
13 Mar 15

Mer Thyrrhenienne - Thyrrhenian Sea

La mer Tyrrhénienne est une partie de la Méditerranée. Elle forme un triangle limité à l'ouest par la Corse et la Sardaigne, à l'est par la péninsule italienne, et au sud par la Sicile. Les côtes, très découpées sont souvent bordées d'îles. On y trouve de nombreuses stations ...
28 Jan 10

Costa meridionale della Calabria

La côte Sud de la Calabre s'étend du cap dell'Armi au cap Spartivento. Cette portion de côte est bordée par la mer Ionienne.Dans l'E du cap dell'Armi, la côte est montagneuse bien cultivée et bordée en général d'une plage étroite. Elle est adossée aux contreforts du plateau ...
10 Feb 10

Ligure Ligurian Sea

The Ligurian Sea is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, between the Italian Riviera (Liguria and Tuscany) and the islands of Corsica and Elba. The sea is probably named after the ancient Ligures people.
The sea borders the countries Italy, France, and Monaco. In the east the sea borders ...
24 Mar 12

Corse - Corsica

Corsica is a French owned island with a strong sense of identity and pride. Corsica is beautiful, unspoilt and old-fashioned, and with its white sands, mountainous cliffs and transparent water, it is the perfect getaway destination. Although it is strongly influenced by ...
24 Mar 16


Sicily (Italian and Sicilian: Sicilia) is an autonomous region of Italy in Europe. Of all the regions of Italy, Sicily covers the largest surface area with 25,708 km² and currently five million inhabitants. It is also the largest island entity in the Mediterranean Sea, though several ...
24 Mar 12
During your navigation, remember to update the data. If a harbor, marina or anchorage is missing, create it. Thank you for all boaters.