Itineraries

Port of Vieste

Vieste is the municipality in the east of the province of Foggia and is enclosed in a bay protected by two rocky promontories, overlooking white beaches and crystal clear waters. Awarded several times by the Blue Flag, it is one of the leading ports to get to the Tremiti Islands.

It is located in the lower part of the city, in the town of Punta di Santa Croce.
The tourist harbor of Vieste is among the second-class ports of regional importance, destined to a small extent for fishing, nautical sporting, tourism through the passenger port and the presence of the naval means of the competent authorities.

It is divided into Porto Peschereccio, with a jetty of 750 meters, and Rifugio di S.Eufemia, where there is a pier of about 300 meters.

The port has 250 berths.

Pizzomunno

Symbol of the Garganica town stands Pizzomunno, a monolith of 25 meters high overlooking the Castle Beach.
The legends about this stone giant are numerous. Here is one:
“When Vieste was still a small village inhabited exclusively by fishermen, it is said that a young man, called Pizzomunno, had fallen in love with a young and beautiful girl named Cristalda.
She in turn loved him.
Pizzomunno went out fishing every day, and every day the sirens sang for him and, fascinated by his gaze, invited him to stay with them in exchange for immortality.
However, he loved Cristalda and never gave up.
One evening, the two lovers entertained on the isle that rises right in front of the coast. As soon as they saw them, the sirens, caught in a jealousy attack, grabbed Cristalda by dragging her into the depths of the sea.
Pizzomunno tried to save her in vain.
The fishermen the following day found the young man petrified by the pain in the white rock that still wears his name today.
According to the legend every hundred years the beautiful Cristalda returns from the abyss to reach her young lover and relive their ancient love for a single night. ”

Scialara Beach (or Castle)

The beach of Scialara is the most popular among the beaches of Vieste.
It lies on the slopes of the limestone massif on which the old town is built, which overlooks it. It is
dominated by the Swabian Castle.
This is where the Pizzomunno rises
The beach stretches for about 3 kilometers, like a fine golden sandy tongue.
It is easy to reach and hosts many seaside lakes.
The sandy and shallow backdrop make it a perfect beach to bring children.
In the cooler hours on the waterfront it is easy to meet people who are walking or doing footing.
This is the beach that most often hosts the communist movida, where night the lids turn into discobar offering music, events and entertainment.

Portonuovo Beach

The beach of Portonuovo is the continuation of Scialara beach, from which it is interrupted

only by a limestone hut (also called "the
bridge/il ponte’’).
The beach is a bit less frequented than the
previous one and measures about 1500
meters.
Fine sand and low back, make it perfect for
families with children, but also for those who
looks for some relaxation.
From the beach you can admire the island of
Portonuovo, which from afar looks like a whale.
It is also available for swimming by the most
experts.
There are many bathing establishments.

Arch of Saint Felice

It is located in the Bay of San Felice, 8 km
south of Vieste, near a beach just over 100
meters long and with a backdrop of sandy and
shallowy. It can be accessed only through a
private tourist facility or by sea.
The sea and the wind have wanted to sculpt
the rock and form this enchanting arch, the
wonder of nature.
Affectionately named Architiello by Viestans,
this is bathed by a crystal clear sea that
touches all the shades of blue.
The Arch is dominated by a thick and lush
Mediterranean scrub that makes the show
even more magical.
From here you can see the entrance of the Bell Cave.

Testa del Gargano

It is located at the easternmost point of the Gargano, and represents in many ways also the most central point between its extremes.
According to the sailors it is here that the northern and southern currents are divided.
It is not easily reachable from the mainland, except through an impassable path to be practiced on foot, crossing the Pinewood and paying attention to the coast which tends to collapse.
Once you arrive you can admire the spectacle of the Balkan coast which is just 160 km from this point.

At 100 meters from the point there is a rock perpetually committed to breaking the sea currents.

Looking south you can see the splendid Baia di Campi, to the north instead the wonderful Bay of San Felice.

Although at the center of many seas and numerous coasts it can be said that for many the Testa del Gargano represents the end of the world.

Moving towards the south the Grotta Sfondata and the Grotta dei Due Occhi are visible

Baia e Isola di Campi

Continuing south on the coast road you reach Baia di Campi about 10 km from the enchanting city of Vieste.

Some small islands fill the landscape of this small gulf, hosting numerous colonies of gulls and other sea birds.

Contrary to those seen so far the beach of Campi is not sandy but composed of thousands and thousands of pebbles of the most varied colors.
The seabed offers a spectacle of rare beauty for those who love diving and host the wreck of an ancient Roman ship sunk for two millennia.

Upstream from the beach it is easy to be lulled by the dense vegetation of Aleppo pines and centuries-old olive trees.

Cala Sanguinara

Also called “the secret beach of the Gargano” the Cala Sanguinara is famous for the white color of its rocks and its pebbles, as well as the clearness of its waters.

Set in a white karst cliff rich in flint and topped by Aleppo pines, it is for lovers of a vacation that not only restores the body and for image hunters not only underwater. It is accessed via a path immersed in a lush pine forest (pinewood of Aleppo pine) and by sea with pine trees that lap the blue sea. To visit are the nearby sea caves, among which the Grotta dei Pomodori stands out. It is very sheltered from the winds but the sunshine begins a little later and a little earlier the afternoon shading.

It is located 12 km south of Vieste

Baia e Arco di Portogreco

The beach stretches for a length of about 80 m, and takes its name from the tower that overlooks it, opening the way to a cove that historically served as a shelter for the boats of seafarers.

It can be reached either by sea or by car provided that you continue on foot along a rough path of about 380 m.

The beach is composed of clear and shining pebbles, enclosed between imposing limestone cliffs that stand out against the sea and which in turn are dominated by a thick Mediterranean scrub. The depths are deep and of an intense blue.

The beach of Portogreco does not offer beach facilities and this makes it a perfect location for practicing nautical camping.

From here you can also see the famous Arco di Porto Greco, reachable by sea.

Portopiatto

Far south 16 km from Vieste. It is located within the tourist complex of Pugnochiuso. It is a good gravel-bottomed beach surrounded by a green pine forest, with the possibility of renting umbrellas, sunbeds and deckchairs. Access is by sea or by car from the resort of “Pugnochiuso”. Facing east, it enjoys only the first rays of the sun.

Baia di Pugnochiuso

Here stands the tourist complex of Pugnochiuso which, in 1962, was desired and built by Enrico Mattei, then president of ENI, making the tourist industry of the Gargano and of Vieste famous worldwide.

The beach has gravel bottom and is completely surrounded by greenery. Very served. You can reach it from the sea or by car from the resort of “Pugnochiuso”. Its eastern exposure keeps it in the shade for most of the day.

It is 16 km south of Vieste.

Cala della Pergola

Pretty gravel cove, still witnessing a wild and unspoiled nature: characterized by the typical Mediterranean maquis, it is surrounded by rocky cliffs that almost seem to protect it from the watchful eye of the time. Located on the provincial road that connects Vieste to Mattinata, it can be reached on foot along a path. Tall and rocky, with a very gravelly beach, it contains crystal clear, blue and azure waters, similar to the Caribbean. Ideal for practicing diving or snorkeling at any level. Absent. It is a free and wild beach without any kind of service (toilets, lifeguard service, bar and parasol rental). Cala della Pergola is located along the provincial road that connects Vieste to Mattinata. Follow the provincial road until you reach the sign “Cala della Pergola”. Follow the obligatory path.

Nearby we can find the Grotta delle Due Stanze and the Grotta dei Sogni.

Arco Ricamato

It takes its name from the characteristic shape of the rocks that compose it which, due to the numerous holes caused by the weather over the centuries, vaguely recall an embroidery of those that the women of Vieste used to put in the outfit of the young brides as a wedding gift.

Baia dei Gabbiani (Vignanotica)

The Vignanotica beach rises in Mattinata along the provincial road that connects the village to the famous Vieste. It is an evocative place “decorated” with splendid white limestone cliffs overhanging the sea. High and gravelly, the seabed offers very rare waters because they are blue, with shades of turquoise. The waters are clear even when the sea is moved by very strong winds.

Possibility to rent beach umbrellas, sunbeds, deckchairs and chairs at the two bathing establishments on the beach. The panorama is completed by cafeterias, refreshment points and facilities for hot and cold showers.

Take the provincial road that connects Vieste to Mattinata and follow for Mattinata, heading towards the sea. Park the car along the road and walk down following the directions.

Nearby we can find the sea cave called Painter’s Palette.

Baia del Leone

The Baia del Leone is located on the south-eastern part of the Gargano, in the territory of Mattinata. In the characteristic Baia del Leone, characterized by high limestone cliffs, there is a small beach that is difficult to access by land. It is a beach with white gravel and high waters. Very beautiful the cliffs in contrast with the crystalline green sea.

Baia del Leone can be reached from the SP53 that crosses the coast of Gargano from Vieste to Mattinata.

Baia e Faraglioni delle Zagare

The Faraglioni are located between Vieste and Mattinata near the famous “Baia delle Zagare”, which set like a pearl on a stretch of wild and unspoiled coast, has become the icon of tourism in the Gargano. The white Faraglioni rise high in the sea a few meters from the shore and have been named respectively “Arco di Diomede” and “Le Forbici”.

The beaches of the bay are two, one next to the other, divided by a high limestone cliff and are characterized by a soft expanse of pale sand mixed with gravel. The denomination given to the bay derives from the orange flowers that in spring and autumn invest this little corner of paradise with perfume. The bay is also known as “Baia dei Mergoli” due to the large presence of blackbirds and solitary sparrows.

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