Lignano can boast of an amount of "marinas" or little harbours still unrivalled not only along the Adriatic coast, but in the whole Mediterranean area, because of the huge variety of solutions, locations and buildings.
The old Darsena Porto Vecchio, was built in the Thirties as an airport for army planes and it has been recently renewed by the A.A.S. thanks to regional funding. This is still the most lively and particular harbour area with its wharf for line boats, the little fleet of fishers' boats, the seat of harbour police, the Yacht Club Lignano and the public town fish market.
On the western side of the harbour there is a little old harbour reserved to inhabitants and their little boats and there are the typical local fishermen houses, the so called "casoni", where you can taste traditional fish specialities, while on the eastern side of the peninsula, core centre of the town, there is the imposing and articulated residential estates ensemble called "Terra Mare", with its yacht harbour of Marina Punta Faro, it is a group of buildings providing many different services and equipped with facilities like the Sporting Club, where you can see columns resembling the ancient ones in the nearby lying Aquileia and mirrored in the wide swimming-pool. Three harbours, three different atmospheres.
But if you move backwards along Lignano you can now reach Lignano Riviera, where along the Tagliamento other two wonderful real-estate developments are located: Marina Uno, the first one to be created in Italy only for tourist purposes, it has been enriched with a welcoming hotel, restaurants and residences and it has always hosted inshore powerboats world championships.
Sailing up the river, Marina Punta Verde, a little jewel providing many services and enshrined in the natural environment close to the Zoo park, this harbour is surrounded by a restaurant and some bungalows, resembling the traditional "casoni", and by a group of semidetached houses. Further Northwards lies Marina Azzurra, an harbour still under construction, with two little "MARINE"(docks) and residential developments."Nautels".
The list of little nice harbours offering more than 5000 moorings is not complete yet. Within the same district, under the town administration of Latisana, directly facing the lagoon of Marano there are the "MARINAS" of Marina Capo Nord and Marina Punta Gabbiani and the residential and nautical facilities ensemble of Aprilia marittima, which is a well-known destination among Austrian sailors too. In order to provide a more comprehensive idea the fishermen's harbour of Marano Lagunare has to be mentioned together with the little enchanting Marina Stella along the river bearing the same name.
To complete this overall description on the nautical sector in Lignano we have to mention all sport activities carried out by local clubs. The first club was the Y.C.L., founded in 1956 as "Circolo della Vela"(Sail Club), since then it has been presided by different chairpersons: Bertoli, Manfredi Englaro, Marchetti, De Minicis and Pujatti. The ECL is active in organizing sailing regattas and nautical events of international level, in promotional activities like editing an interesting calendar with plenty of interesting advices for sailors and information about sport activities, fishing competitions, even those organized by other younger clubs like C.V.A.M., C.N.M.U., C.V.M.P.F. and other events managed by neighbouring clubs S.N.S.G. and S.C.A. located in Grado che or by ohther clubs within the 11th area F.I.V.
In the night it is highly recommended to land at the Lighthouse P.ta Tagliamento; from there you have then to follow your route in direction N-E or N-NE towards the "boa foranea" (a buoy which is hardly noticeable for those ones landing within the fourth quadrant of the compass since it can be easily confused with the city-lights) and from here continue along a route 348ï¿½ from the green light which has to be left on the right side while entering, but from which you cannot be more than 200mt far.
It is very important to avoid entrance in Lignano in case of warning strong south east wind (sirocco) or entrance in the Tagliamento river in case of strong south-east wind (sirocco) and east wind (bora).Go to the article