The Gulf of Trieste
(, , , ) is a shallow bay of the Adriatic Sea
, in the extreme northern part of the Mediterranean Sea
. It is part of the Gulf of Venice
and is shared by Italy
. It is closed to the south by the peninsula of Istria
, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, shared between Croatia and Slovenia.
The gulf is limited by an imaginary line connecting the Punta Tagliamento on the Italian and Savudrija
) on the Croatian coast. Its area is approximately 550 km², its average depth 16 m, and its maximum depth 37 m. With the exception of flat islets blocking the entrance to Laguna di Grado
, there are no islands in the gulf. Its eastern coasts, with Trieste
and the Slovenian Littoral
, have more rugged relief.
The sea current in the gulf flows counterclockwise. Its average speed is 0.8 knots
. Tides in the gulf are among the largest in the Adriatic Sea, but nevertheless do not usually exceed . The average salinity
, but in the summer it falls under 35‰.
Its most prominent features are:
The entire Slovenian coastline is located on the Gulf of Trieste. Its length is 46.6 km. Towns along the coastline include (from east to... Read More