The Port of Brindisi
"Porta d'Oriente" : this has always been the nickname with which the port of Brindisi has been called. There are two reasons for this recognition: first of all, because it is a commercial hub of fundamental importance for the entire eastern Mediterranean basin; secondly for its proximity to the Albanian and Greek coasts , with the obvious tourist implications that this proximity entails.
And it is precisely the tourist dimension of the port that has developed more in recent years: not only, as mentioned, with the maritime connections to Greece and Albania (main connection of southern Italy with the port of Valona; ferries all year round with Igoumenitsa and Patras, and in the months of July and August with the islands of Corfu, Kefalonia, Zante and Paxos) but also with cruise ships thanks to which, year after year, thousands of tourists can discover and appreciate the many beauties of the city Salento.
Not just commerce and tourism. The port of Brindisi also has an industrial vocation that revolves around the petrochemical plant built in the 1960s.
Each area - tourism, commerce, industry - corresponds to a part of the port area:
- the Inner Port is mainly dedicated to tourist activities: passengers, cruises and pleasure boats;
- the Middle Port is dedicated to both commercial activities and passenger traffic;
- the Outer Harbor , finally, is dedicated to industrial activities, especially the landing of raw materials for the factories of the petrochemical pole.