Exploring the “Spur of Italy”
The spur in the heel of Italy’s boot, the Gargano is a mountainous promontory located on the western side of Apulia, bathed on three sides by the Adriatic Sea. Rich in natural, historical and archaeological treasures, the area falls within the protected area of the Gargano National Park, which also covers the lakes of Lesina and Varano and the marine reserve of the Tremiti Islands.
The Gargano area boasts numerous villages for visitors to discover. In Vieste, you can admire the imposing lighthouse and the old town with its sea views. We also highly recommend stopping at Pizzomunno beach, where you can find an imposing limestone monolith that rises a whopping 26 metres high. Coastal gems in the area include Peschici and Rodi Garganico. Mountain villages include Vico del Gargano, Monte Sant’Angelo and San Giovanni Rotondo, whose history is intertwined with that of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.
Of course, there is no shortage of gastronomic delights: from bruschetta with melted caciocavallo cheese, to fruit and almond desserts, not forgetting the handmade orecchiette pasta with tomato sauce and tagliolini pasta with only the freshest scampi.