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  • Writer's pictureFilippo Milano

Best Beaches in Gargano, Puglia

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

The most beautiful beaches in Gargano, perfect for everyone.

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Welcome to my blog and welcome to Puglia. Below is a list of my favourite beaches in Gargano, also called Daunia in north of Puglia. The picture above is Isole Tremiti (Tremiti Islands), a true paradise.

“For the second year running, in 2018, Puglia received the prestigious award of “Best value travel destination in the world”. According to National Geographic, Puglia is the most beautiful region in the world, a matter of pride for all people leaving in Puglia and, more generally, for all Italians.

In order to see the best of Puglia, I’d strongly recommend hiring a car. Public transport will allow you to visit Puglia’s towns and cities, but to find the best secret beaches, you’re going to need your own car.

1. Isole Tremiti (Tremiti Islands)

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The Tremiti are five bite-size islands close together. It’s an archipelago in the Adriatic Sea, in front of the Gargano Peninsula. A truly natural paradise that can be reached by ferry on a day trip from the Apulian coastline.

According to legend, on these shores the Greek hero Diomedes was buried after his wanderings in the Adriatic Sea at the end of the Trojan War and that’s the reason why Tremiti are called “Diomedee Islands”.

The atmosphere here is calm, genuine, and perfect for those with a romantic side. Whether on holiday as a couple, or on holiday with the family, they are well suited to everybody.

The Tremiti are five rocky islands with cliffs, sea caves and coves that appear in the Adriatic Sea a few miles from the Gargano peninsula. The Tremiti look like five mountains that emerge from the water along the horizon "San Domino, San Nicola, Caprara, Cretaccio and Pianosa".

Leave your car at the harbour in a parking lot, buy the ferry tickets and prepare the backpack with all the stuff you need for a full day trip to Tremiti Islands.

The Tremiti can be reached by ferry with daily departures from Puglia/Apulia (from the city of Rodi Garganico and Vieste), from the harbours of Pescara and Vasto in Abruzzo, and also from the town of Termoli in Molise region.

Different sailing or ferry companies cover the trip from Gargano Promontory, and although there are different tickets fares, on average, it will take about 50 minutes to get there.

2. Peschici & Vieste

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Famous for its seaside resorts, its territory belongs to the Gargano National Park and to the Gargano Mountain Community.

Perched above a turquoise sea and beautiful tempting beaches, Peschici, like Vieste, is a cliff-clinging Amalfi lookalike. Its tight-knit, old walled town of Arabesque - with whitewashed houses - acts as a hub to a wider resort area. The small town is very popular in summer, so book in advance.

Vieste is 30 minutes away from Peschici by car, and is well worth a visit. It is another great apulian town with a relaxed, calm nature.

Vieste has received Blue Flags for the purity of its waters from the Foundation for Environmental Education.

The town is bordered by Mattinata, Monte Sant'Angelo and Vico del Gargano. From a geological point of view, the coastline is extremely interesting with many people visiting purely for this reason.

Vieste is strategically placed atop the steep Pizzomunno cliffs between two sweeping sandy beaches. The gritty harbour offers water sports, while the surrounding Parco Nazionale del Gargano is perfect for cycling and hiking.

All things considered, it's one of the south’s most complete all-in-one destinations.

3. Margherita di Savoia

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Margherita di Savoia is a town and commune in the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani. It was given this name in 1879 in honour of Queen Margherita of Savoy, previously it had been known as Saline di Barletta.

This little town is another one of Puglia’s hidden gems. Home to the largest salt plains in Europe (second biggest in the world after Bolivia).

The town boasts miles of quiet, untouched beaches along the Adriatic coastline – with an endless supply of reasonable, authentic dining options. The town is yet to reach its peak as a tourist destination. In fact, it is almost exclusively Italian tourists with very few foreign visitors. So, if a hidden gem is what you are looking for – this is it!

The pink lakes here are unmissable. You’ll see the huge salt mountains from almost every angle and the kilometres of salt plains are the most perfect pastel pink, especially on an overcast day.

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