Stretching from Trieste in the north to Apulia in the south the Adriatic Coast of Italy covers its eastern shoreline. With blue flag beaches and calm shallow waters this coastline is a great place for a beach holiday.
Not only has it got some wonderful beaches but this area is packed with all the history and culture you would expect to find on an Italian holiday. The main cities on this coastline include Bari and Venice and both have marvelous treasures to explore at your leisure. If you’re also looking to add some outdoor activities in to the mix, whether it’s on sea or land, then you’ve found your perfect holiday destination on the Italian Adriatic Coast.
If you’re looking for a family friendly beach holiday location then look no further than the Italian Adriatic Coast. With fine sandy beaches excellent for sandcastle making, and shallow calm seas perfect for paddling, this coastline has everything you and all the family could want.
The Adriatic coastline belongs to seven different Italian regions. Up in the north you have Friuli Venezia Giulia and then heading south there’s Veneto, Emilia Romagna, The Marches, Abruzzo, Molise and at the southernmost point is in Apulia. The major cities along this coastline include Venice, capital of the Veneto region, and Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, in the south. Of course, Venice is world renowned for its canals, gondolas, art work, architecture and more and is worth spending a few days if you get chance. In the summer months it is often heaving with tourists but there are plenty of beautiful beaches within the region to escape to. The blue flag beaches are all well managed; they have sunbeds and parasols to hire for a reasonable price. Some beaches even offer babysitting services and have activities for all the family to take part in. Windsurfing, sailing, horse riding, diving, you name it and you’ll pretty much find it all available along this coastline.
The Adriatic coastline is also home to four marine protected areas. Isole Tremiti, which is also part of Gargano national park, is a particular highlight. This is an excellent place to explore, with seaside walks, boat trips and all the wonderful flora and fauna of the region to discover.
There’s plenty more Italian history and culture to see in this region, there are numerous coastal towns and fishing villages. Many offer the chance to try the beautifully fresh Italian cuisine incorporating the catch of the day in their menus. Visit Chioggia just south of Venice for a slice of authentic Italian life. There are also the magnificent mosaics of Ravenna and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Castel del Monte in the south, such a wealth of culture and history to explore.