On the Gargano Promontory, the northeastern part of Puglia known as the spur of the boot, you can go from pristine beaches and seaside towns to the forest and mountains of the Gargano National Park in under an hour. Three sides of the promontory are coastline ranging from spectacular rocky cliffs to sandy beaches with clean water perfect for swimming.
Inland is the beautiful Foresta Umbra, a good place to escape the heat in summer, with hiking trails, a large array of wild orchids that bloom in spring, and the free-ranging Podolico cattle whose milk is used to produce Caciocavallo Podolico cheese. Outside the forest, citrus and olive groves dot the landscape.
Top towns to visit on the Gargano are Monte Sant’Angelo, with a picturesque historic center and the pilgrimage shrine of San Michele and Vico del Gargano, whose medieval center has small alleys known as kissing alleys and has one of the best pastry shops, Pizzicato Bar and Pasticierria, right on the main square. In summer visitors flock to the seaside resort town of Vieste or the Tremiti Islands.
For a delicious seafood meal with fish caught right on the spot, head to a trabucco along the coast such as Il Trabucco di Monte Pucci. For fish lovers, it’s a meal not to be missed!
Although it seems like a small area, it really takes several days to explore the entire promontory, from coast to forest and mountains.
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Find more things to see and do in our itinerary – Gargano Promontory in 48 Hours