Vieste: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Vieste is one of the most popular Italian seaside resorts, with its historic center that is full of traditions, its beaches and their legends. It is the easternmost town in the province of Foggia and on the Gargano promontory. Basically it develops along a small peninsula that flows into Punta di San Francesco, which includes the rocky part and the ancient village, and Punta di Santa Croce, flatter and more modern dedicated to some of its beaches. It's a'excellent starting point both to explore the coasts of one of the most fascinating areas of Puglia by sea, and to go on a trip to the Tremiti Islands.

Here are some useful tips on what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Vieste.


  1. 10 things to see in Vieste in a weekend
  2. What to see in Vieste in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Vieste: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Vieste
  5. Plan your stay in Vieste: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Vieste in a weekend

1 - The ancient village

Along the rocky side of Punta San Francesco there are several streets where it is pleasant to get lost. You will walk among the beautiful white houses, the squares that in spring and summer are filled with flowers, the characteristic corners that open onto the sea, and the scent of the typical dishes prepared in the many bars present.

But not only that, along these alleys you will also come across the small shops where it is possible to find the "bunch of the gargano", a small lucky charm that is used here as a gift to the unborn child. A stop not to be missed is the Piazzetta Petrone with an enchanting terrace overlooking the sea.

  • from the port in 10 min on foot - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free
  • Vieste: private walking tour

2 - Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo

The Cathedral of Vieste is located in the historic center area, can be reached climbing a long staircase from the streets of the medieval village, its construction dates back to the th century and the structure still retains the primitive Apulian-Romanesque style and the late Baroque one in the bell tower.

Inside, on the ceiling, they are placed three large canvases representing the Madonna Assunta, to whom the basilica is dedicated, San Giorgio, protector of the city, and San Michele Arcangelo, protector of the Gargano.

  • in Via Vescovado; from the port in 15 min on foot reaching the ancient village - Get directions
  • 9:30AM - 20:00PM
  • free

3 - Swabian Castle

It is the Swabian Castle a dominate Vieste from above and the entire coast. The property is located on the edge of the historic center on a cliff overlooking the sea overlooking the beach, called the "beach of the Castle".

Today it is a military zone and therefore it is not always possible to visit it, it is only open on the occasion of some events. If when you are in the area you will have the opportunity to enter, do not miss it, the view from this vantage point is simply spectacular, ranging from the town below to the Lungomare Enrico Mattei and especially to the famous Pizzomunno beach.

  • in Piazza Castello 11; in 15 min from port on foot reaching the historic center - Get directions
  • open only on the occasion of some events
  • based on events

4 - Pizzomunno beach

Located very close to Vieste, is the famous Pizzomunno beach, also known as Scialara beach. It is characterized by golden sand and limestone spur 25 meters high which is now considered the symbol of the city.

According to legend, Pizzomunno is what remains of the body of the young man of the same name who, after having lost his Cristalda in the sea by the work of the sirens, petrified from the pain. To reach the beach, just follow the promenade towards Pugnochiuso, even on foot if you like walking.

  • from the port of Vieste 30 min on foot; or 10 minutes by car, along the Lungomare Enrico Mattei - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

5 - The trebuchets

E' one of the most particular attractions that characterize the coast that goes from Pescara to Peschici, including Vieste. It is about ancient buildings used for fishing that take the form of stilts on the sea, and you will come across many of these.

For their cultural and historical importance they are protected by the Gargano National Park. And today, some of these famous trebuchets have been restored and transformed into excellent fish restaurants and local products. The oldest of all is located right in the Vieste and takes the name of Molinella as the homonymous cove that hosts it.

  • trabucco di Molinella is 10 minutes by car from Vieste, reaching the homonymous beach - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Marina Piccola

Marina Piccola is one of the most fascinating places of Vieste, the bay located in the center. Bordered by Punta San Francesco and the historic center on one side, on the other we find Punta Santa Croce. In front it is possible to admire theislet of Santa Eufemia with its lighthouse.

On the occasion of low tide an old wreck is visible on the beach, it is a boat that ran aground in Vieste in the twentieth century, when boats used to dock at this bay. Following a storm the vaporetto was dragged on the sand, finally running aground. Today there are only some parts covered by sand and shellfish and it has become an integral part of the landscape making it even more fascinating.

  • in the center of Vieste; from the port in 5 min walk - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Umbra Forest Nature Reserve

The beaches of Vieste are certainly the main attractions that a tourist wants to visit when he arrives in this Apulian town. But it must be said that the mountain is really close, and in particular the Umbra Forest Nature Reserve is ideal for those who want to experience this place far from the sea in a different way. The Umbrian term derives from the Latin cupa, shady, as it appears in part today due to its dense vegetation.

It is located at about 800 meters above sea level, in the innermost part of the Gargano promontory. Inside it is possible to play activities, such as hiking, biking trails, guided tours, picnics. You can do them either alone or by booking tours with expert guides. Thanks to his pristine ecosystem, the forest protects species of animals in extinction, including the Italic roe deer. Among the rich fauna present, the fallow deer are unmissable, although they are wild animals, they approach very easily when they smell food.

  • from Vieste in 30 minutes by car crossing the Strada Statale 89 Garganica for about 9 km, then turn onto the SP52bis towards Monte Sant'Angelo - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - The Sea Caves

The Sea Caves of Vieste can be reached only by sea, several tours are organized during the summer season and allow you to discover a spectacular landscape. With the passage of millennia, the waves of the sea have eroded the limestone coast del Gargano modeling it as no one would have been able, opening gashes, fissures and tunnels.

Even for the caves, as for the Pizzomunno beach, it hovers a legend according to which the caves are nothing more than the shelter of the sirens. The motorboat excursions last approximately 3 hours and cost € 20,00, including a stop at the hidden bay of Porto Greco, Baia di Campi or Vignanotica. Departures are in the morning or afternoon.

  • by sea with boat tours from the port of Vieste - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Bay and Arch of San Felice

The bay of San Felice is located 8 kilometers south of Vieste, offers a lovely beach about 100 meters wide from the low sandy bottom. To make everything so symbolic and characteristic there is the beautiful natural arch, result of the incessant action of water and wind over the centuries.

With the organized tours that depart from the port of Vieste every day, you can admire this natural beauty in tranquility and in complete safety on board a boat.

  • by sea from the port of Vieste with organized excursions - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Tremiti Islands

E' one of the fundamental steps for those visiting Vieste. They are very close and can be reached with day trips. It is an archipelago that includes: San Domino, where there is the only sandy beach of the archipelago (Cala delle Arene); San Nicola, where there are the main monuments and most of the population; finally Capraia and Pianosa, both uninhabited.

Are also called Diomedee Islands, because according to legend it was Diomedes, the valiant hero of the Iliad, who created them. Here it is the sea that reigns supreme, as well as being considered among the most beautiful in the world, the Tremiti sea allows you to make excursions on the surface and underwater. By booking the return trip from Vieste (€ 55,00), you will do the boat tour of the archipelago with a visit to the coast, caves, islands not accessible on foot and much more, you will also have the transfer between San Nicola and San Domino and vice versa.

  • from the port of Vieste by boat in about an hour - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Vieste in one day: recommended itinerary

We advise you to start with a good breakfast at the Alta Marea Vieste bar on the harbor, and then continue by entering the old village stopping at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo. During your morning you can dedicate yourself to relaxation on the beautiful beaches of one of the most fascinating Apulian towns. Reach Marina Piccola and then the beach of Pizzomunno, along the Lungomare Enrico Mattei.

Have lunch at Scialì, located right on the seafront with excellent dishes based on typical Gargano dishes.
In the afternoon, after returning to the center of Vieste, leave for discovery of the coasts aboard a motorboat from the port with one of the organized tours lasting about 3 hours (€ 20,00). You will have the opportunity to see and admire some of the symbols of this Apulian town, namely the Sea Caves, the Bay and the Arch of San Felice.

For dinner, reached the again village of Vieste and stop at the Piazzetta Petrone Restaurant, where you can enjoy Apulian fish-based delicacies on a large terrace overlooking the sea.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Alta Marea Vieste (Get directions)
  2. Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo - opening hours: 9: 30-20: 00 - ticket price: free
  3. Marina Piccola - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  4. Pizzomunno beach - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  5. Lunch at Scialì (Get directions)
  6. Sea Caves and San Felice Bay - opening hours: organized tour, duration 3 h - tour cost: € 20,00
  7. Dinner at Piazzetta Petrone Restaurant (Get directions)

Where to eat in Vieste: the best restaurants

  1. Trattoria Il Paniere: Apulian fish specialties in a room with tables also in the square and on the romantic balcony
    Average price per person: € 40,00
    Address and contacts: Via Tordisco, 4 (Get directions) / tel +39 0884 702492
  2. Vecchia Vieste Restaurant: traditional Vieste dishes in an intimate and elegant setting, inside a medieval building
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: Via Carlo Mafrolla, 32-BIS (Get directions) / tel +39 0884 707083
  3. Piazzetta Petrone restaurant: famous place thanks to the Apulian fish-based delicacies and the large terrace overlooking the sea
    Average price per person: € 40,00
    Address and contacts: Via Monsignor Palma, 41/43 (Get directions) / tel +39 0884 706453

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Vieste

Finding a place to spend the evening to have fun in Vieste is easy, the city indeed is very busy and frequented by many boys. There is no shortage of bargains and clubs and there really is something for everyone.

Most are bathing establishments that in the evening, starting from sunset, are lively and sometimes continue until the early hours of the morning. In the center, however, it is always possible to find some bars open until late where you can drink a beer with friends.
We recommend some that you can reach at the end of your tourist day around Vieste:

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Quasenada Beach Club: bathhouse that at night turns into a disco and already in the afternoon organizes aperitifs with music and dancing / Address: Strada Provinciale Mattinata - Vieste, 20 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Oasis Beach: it is another bathing establishment that goes from sunset until dawn / Address: Lungomare Enrico Mattei (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Bar Garibaldi: very popular place in the historic center, ideal for a good ice cream or excellent cocktails, also broadcasts football matches / Address: piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi (Get directions) / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Vieste: info and useful tips

  • by plane arriving at Bari airport, where direct shuttles leave for Vieste (2 h 30 min, from € 10,00); by car via the SS89 Garganica; by train to Foggia and then take a local bus that reaches Vieste (2 h)
  • Getting around: within the village on foot, being characterized by narrow streets and, especially in the summer, by restricted traffic areas. To reach the neighboring towns, a rental car is recommended (from € 20,00 / day)
  • Where to park: in Vieste the car parks are all paid, you can leave your car on the Lungomare Europa or on the Lungomare Enrico Mattei (8: 00-24: 00, € 1,00 / hour, € 7,00 / day)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 42,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Mattinata (40 km), Peschici (23 km), Vico del Gargano (32 km)

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