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The 10 most popular beaches beautiful of the Gargano

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Puglia is a magnificent region and in addition to the beautiful Salento area it also has 140 km of coastline which belong to Gargano National Park. This stretch of coast goes from Isola del Varano to Mattinata, in the province of Foggia and is overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Here, sandy beaches alternate with small coves, overhanging limestone rocks and very white stacks and a very fragrant Mediterranean scrub with dunes, shrubs and pine forests. But what are the beaches not to be missed? Here are 10!



Index

  1. Bay of Zagare
  2. Mattinatella beach
  3. Zaiana beach
  4. Cala della Sanguinara
  5. Cala di Porto Greco
  6. Colombi beach
  7. Vignanotica beach
  8. Calenella beach
  9. Manaccora beach
  10. San Felice beach
  11. Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip: info on flights, hotels and tours
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Bay of Zagare

This beautiful beach of the Gargano is also called Baia dei Mergoli and takes its name from the orange groves and battlements that roam the surroundings. Characterized by a white cliff facing the sea, the beach is of white sand and the sea of ​​an emerald color.

Very often tourists visit it during a boat tour together with the Faraglioni Bay, but it is also possible to reach it on foot, although sun loungers and umbrellas can only be used by guests of the hotel present here.


  • Where it is: This beach is located in the territory of Mattinata (from which it is 15 km away), 30 km from Vieste, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the Gulf of Manfredonia (Get directions). It can be reached by car from Vieste in 37 minutes along the south-west direction to the Baia delle Zagare car park. From here, a 15-minute walk takes you to the beach. There are no public transport.
    From Peschici it is 45 km away, about 1 hour by car, while from Rodi Garganico 57 km (1 hour and 15 by car)
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -

2 - Mattinatella beach

This beach is divided in two by a spur of white rock and is formed by a part further north where it can only be accessed by sea, while the area to the south is easily accessible.
Characterized by sand and gravel, by a sea with a sloping seabed with shades ranging from green to blue, it has a free stretch and an equipped part.


  • Where it is: the beach, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, can be reached by taking the state road that connects Vieste to Mattinata, which is 12 km away (Get directions). Once you arrive, you can park comfortably and arrive in a few minutes.
    From Vieste it is 32 km away (45 minutes by car), from Peschici 49 km (1 hour and 10) and from Rodi Garganico 62 km (1 hour and 28 minutes).
  • Ideal for: relax / swim
  • Type: white sand and gravel
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -

3 - Zaiana beach

A beach with a double face: sun, sea and swimming during the day at night it lights up with music and nightlife. The beach can be reached by descending 150 steps inserted in the Mediterranean vegetation; the seabed slopes gently and a sandy area alternates with rocks from which to dive into the blue sea.


  • Where it is: Zaiana, in the province of Peschici, can be reached from the town in 12 minutes by car following the Peschici / Vieste state road (Get directions). There is no public transport to reach it.
    From Rodi Garganico it takes about 35 minutes by car (21 km), while from Vieste it is 20 km (about 300 minutes).
  • Ideal for: diving, swimming and nightlife
  • Type: sand and rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

4 - Cala della Sanguinara

This little bay is ideal for nature lovers, divers and snorkelers and can be reached by crossing a path in the pine forest of the Aleppo Pines.

Characterized by faraglioni, rocks and pebbles, it is not an equipped beach and being exposed to the north-east, the sun comes later and goes away earlier. However, it is true paradise away from the crowds of other beaches of the Gargano and do not forget to visit the "Grotta dei Pomodori".


  • Where it is: The cove is located 12 km from Vieste towards the south (Get directions); you can reach it by car up to a campsite and continue on foot for about 10 minutes.
    From Rodi Garganico it is 45 km (about 1 hour) while from Peschici it can be reached in 40 minutes (33 km).
  • Ideal for: swimming and relaxation
  • Type: pebbles, remove
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -

5 - Cala di Porto Greco

This beach of the Gargano, so called because it is beaten by the "Grecale" wind, is however sheltered from the winds coming from north and south.
Set in the Mediterranean scrub between pines and white cliffs, its sea is turquoise and the beach of pebbles and rocks is an excellent starting point for long swims and snorkeling to discover fish, caves and wrecks.


  • Where it is: it is 15 Km from Vieste and can be reached by car following the SP53 up to the signs for the cove. From here then on foot with a walk of 10 minutes you arrive at the cove (Get directions). Alternatively, it can be reached by sea with a boat tour.
    From Peschici it takes 50 minutes (35 km) and from Rodi Garganico it is 48 km (about 1 hour).
  • Ideal for: sub, snorkelink,
  • Type: rocks and gravel
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -

6 - Beach of the Colombi

This beach is characterized by fine sand, crystal clear waters, and a pine forest behind it.
The name comes from the Grotta dei Colombi, which also serves as a useful shelter during the hottest hours of the day.
Here there are no structures or establishments so you have to organize yourself to be able to stay all day.


  • Where it is: The beach can be reached from Vieste, by car, along the SP52 northbound and is 4 km from the Apulian town (Get directions). From Peschici it is 20 km (25 minutes) and from Rodi Garganico 33 km (45 minutes).
  • Ideal for: relaxation and swimming
  • Type: sand and caves
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

7 - Vignanotica beach

This beautiful beach of sand mixed with gravel and pebbles is about half a kilometer long and is characterized by white cliff walls and several caves which over time have been climbed from the sea.
Considered one of the most beautiful in the Gargano, it is perfect for relaxing and swimming in the emerald waters. In summer the beach is equipped and therefore very popular.

  • Where it is: The beach can be reached by car from Vieste along the SP20 southbound for 53 km; after parking the car, in 5 minutes you will cross a small road called "the love path" (Get directions).
    From Rodi Garganico it is 56 km (1 hour and 20 by car) and from Peschici 43 km (1 hour).
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: sand mixed with gravel
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 63,00 per room -

8 - Calenella beach

Totally immersed in the Gargano National Park, this very long beach is washed by shallow turquoise waters and characterized by golden sand. All around a splendid vegetation made up of cultivated fields, pines and wild stretches. In summer the beach is equipped and there is also a campsite at the end of the bay!

  • Where it is: The beach is located in the bay of the same name, near that of San Menaio and can be easily reached from Peschici by car following the SS89 for 7 km and then driving along the Calenella district for 10 minutes to the beach (Get directions).
    There is also a bus from Peschici "Pugliairbus" which stops at the Calenella Tourist Village and then continues on foot.
    From Rodi Garganico it is 15 minutes (9 Km) and from Vieste 27 Km (35 minutes).
  • Ideal for: relaxation and swimming
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

9 - Manaccora beach

One of the Gargano beaches certainly best known for its km of soft sand and the turquoise sea. On the west side there is an archaeological site which dates back to the Bronze Age called "Grotta degli Dei".
To the east, it connects with the bay of Calalunga which can be reached in 15 minutes on foot.
Manaccora however in summer is equipped and easily accessible by car.

  • Where it is: The beach can be reached by car from Peschici along the Sp 52 eastbound up to the signs for Manaccora; then turn left (total 8 km, less than 20 minutes) and leave the car very close to the beach (Get directions).
    It is 21 km from Vieste (32 minutes) and 24 km from Rodi Garganico (35 minutes).
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 63,00 per room -

10 - San Felice beach

A legendary place inhabited by alluring nymphs, this beach has a shallow and sandy seabed and is bathed by waters with emerald shades.
Ideal for families with children thanks to the shallow water and the numerous services available, this place becomes even more magical at sunset.

  • Where it is: The beach of San Felice is located 8 km from Vieste and can be reached in 10 minutes; to reach it, take the Sp53 on the Vieste-Mattinata road and arrive directly (Get directions). From Rodi Garganico it is 42 km (56 minutes) and from Peschici it takes about 35 minutes (29 km).
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip: info on flights, hotels and tours

The Gargano has been one of the most touristic areas of Puglia for several years, in fact, it has accommodation facilities of all kinds and costs.
If you want to save money, the ideal is to rent an apartment or sleep in a B&B, but families who prefer all kinds of services can find excellent hotels.

To get to the Gargano the nearest airport is Bari and then you rent a car to reach the main centers: Vieste, Peschici or Rodi Garganico. In this area the car is essential to move and visit beaches and places because the connections are practically non-existent.

  • starting from € 65,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
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