“We are very proud to see Marina del Gargano open to the public, after many months of hard work which has resulted in a truly first-class marina,” commented Jon Eads, CEO at management company, MDL Marinas. “We now look forward to welcoming berth holders to enjoy these stunning new facilities.”
A private opening ceremony was held on Friday 19 July to welcome clients, the team behind the marina, the Mayor of Manfredonia, local authorities and politicians. The Archbishop of Manfredonia also conducted a short service to bless the marina and those who use it.
As part of the launch the marina is offering free berthing for 2013 to anyone reserving their annual berth for 2014. Catamaran owners will be charged the same as monohulls, which the marina cites as its other major benefit.
The marina also provides access to parks and gardens, children’s play areas, parking, restaurants and shops. Floating pontoons feature ‘state-of-the-art’ service bollards for water and electricity supplies.
Puglia borders the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian sea to the southeast. Cultural interest points include the historic town of Manfredonia situated in the heart of the Gargano National Park, an ecosystem covering over 120 thousand hectares. The new marina offers yacht owners access to the bays and secluded inlets of the Adriatic Coast.