Dream Holidays In The Gargano, In Italy

It is a region located in the ‘spur’ of Italy. Wonderful landscapes and charming towns intermingle here.
Dream holidays on the Gargano, in Italy

The Gargano region takes its name from the mountainous massif that stretches for 70 kilometers in the province of Foggia, north of Apulia. It is an area that combines nature, spectacular beaches and small fishing villages of a special charm.

Gargano National Park

Landscape of the Gargano National Park
Landscape of the Gargano National Park

It is the largest natural park in Italy, created in 1995 with an area of ​​118,144 hectares. It is made up of the Gargano mountainous massif, which creates a rounded cape called Testa dil Gargano and which includes two small islands: Tremiti and Pianosa .

Precisely, it seems that the origin of the Gargano is on a large island that joined the Italian peninsula, hence it looks like the spur of the boot of Italy. It is a mountainous massif of white calcareous earth that forms a landscape of caves that have been inhabited since prehistoric times.

Olive and orange trees grow on its mountains, and you can contemplate the immensity of the sea. We recommend that you travel the panoramic road that goes from Lake Messina to Manfredonia,  as the views from the cliffs will make you fall in love.

Charming villages in the Gargano

The Gargano region is also made up of several beautiful fishing villages. There are such beautiful villas that you cannot miss them. Which ones should you visit?

Manfredonia, gateway to the Gargano

Manfredonia Castle
Manfredonia Castle

This town, which has its origin in the 13th century, owes its name to Manfred of Sicily. It was he who, after the destruction of Siponto, decided to found it.

In it, the Svevo Angioino Aragonese castle stands out, today the headquarters of the Archaeological Museum of the region. You should also visit the cathedral and the abbey of San Leonardo, in Lama Volara. As for its natural environment, the Scaloria cave and Lake Salso are worth visiting

In addition, near this town you can visit two beautiful Romanesque churches. They are the churches of San Leonardo and Santa María de Siponto, both built around the year 1000.

Mattinata, the white butterfly of the Gargano

It is a small town of less than 7000 inhabitants, surrounded by farmland and with a curious butterfly shape due to the location of its houses. In it, we must highlight its beautiful and accessible beaches.

Vieste, the jewel of the Gargano

View of Vieste in the Gargano

It is the most touristic town in the Gargano and it is not surprising, because the beauty of its houses and its beaches is incredible. It is a traditionally fishing village that seems to flow from the mountains to the sea.

It sits on a rocky promontory that juts out into the sea. Its narrow streets, its endless staircases, its white houses and its infinite arches transport you to medieval Italy.

In Vieste you cannot miss its Romanesque cathedral and its castle. And on its wonderful Castillo or della Scialara beach is the famous Pizzomunno a portion of the Gargano massif that has been exempted, like a watchtower, in the middle of the beach.

On the other hand, along the coast you can find some trabucchi. These are old fishing facilities with long wooden arms that served to hold the nets.

Peschici, another must-see town

View of Peschici

From its history it stands out that Emperor Odon I gave it as a reward to the Slavs who persecuted the Saracens of the Gargano. And in it you cannot miss its historic center, which is surrounded by a wall that belonged to an old castle of Norman origin.

Its beach is one of the cleanest in the area, so it is ideal if you are traveling as a family. In addition, along its entire coastline you will be able to contemplate numerous remains of the coastal towers of the second half of the 16th century that were raised to defend the territory from the constant attacks of pirates and corsairs.

In its surroundings it is worth visiting the abbey of Calena, one of the oldest in Italy. You must also see the Loreto sanctuary, built between the 16th and 17th centuries by a group of fishermen who were saved from a strong storm, hence the sanctuary is reminiscent of the shape of a ship.

The Coast of the Gods, a divine place in Italy

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