An enchanting oasis off the Gargano Peninsula
The Tremiti Islands, also known as the Diomedee Islands, are a small corner of paradise in the province of Foggia. The only Italian archipelago in the Adriatic Sea, it is about 12 miles off the Gargano Peninsula in northern Apulia and comprises five islands: San Domino, San Nicola, Capraia, Cretaccio and Pianosa.
The Tremiti Islands Marine Protected Area is a nature reserve with clean air and wild nature. Here, the sea is clear and clean, with shades that range from light green to blue to turquoise.
Featuring bays that alternate with headlands, the archipelago also has low and sandy beaches, high and rocky beaches with cliffs, small inlets and romantic coves.
If you enjoy walking among Mediterranean scrub, you can take the numerous equipped trails through the lush forest, a riot of myrtle, rosemary, phillyrea, lentisk and juniper. For visitors who love diving, we highly recommend visiting the Grotta delle Viole (Cave of Violets), near the Pagliai sea stacks. You will quickly realise that it owes its name to the many varieties of fragrant violets that grow on its rocks, as well as the fish and molluscs that swim in its depths and take on a purple hue, thanks to the play of light from the sun’s rays that pierce through the slits. For snorkelling enthusiasts, there are over twenty underwater trails to explore.
Remember that no cars, other than those belonging to residents, are allowed on the islands of the Tremiti archipelago.